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Public Speaking and Drama Club Collaboration

Written on February 25, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

The year 2019 has been a year of continued collaboration here at the IE Public Speaking Club. Our last collaboration with the IE Drama Club was a testament to that. A big thank you to Anna Lotta Hattig and Alan Mekibel from the IE Drama Club and one of IEs students, Ellen Buckland, a professional actress with multiple years of experience teaching theatre tools and techniques to boardroom executives.

The workshop was something out of the ordinary, hosted in the basement of the Valezquez building, we had no chairs and a lot of space to move. And that’s exactly what was needed. Public Speaking is as much preparation of your slideshow; focus on your body and voice; and preparation as it is being brave enough to stand in front of a room full of people. In this workshop, we were taken through numerous exercises used by those who live for the stage.

All these exercises were out of the ordinary and had our members almost rolling on the floor with laughter. But behind all the fun and games was an amazing lesson – we were learning to be comfortable in front of other people in very uncomfortable ways.

This was proof that learning can be more than just fun, it can be an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and act a little silly at times. Whether it was sticking your tongue out and gawking or pretending you were a prince or a queen, it was a great opportunity to expand that comfort zone a little.

We look forward to more collaborations in the future.


Mastering Your Public Speech. Public Speaking Club

Written on February 14, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On Tuesday 5 February, Glaxton E. Robinson hosted IE Public Speaking Club’s 11th workshop on Mastering Your Public Speech. This session was an essential overview of key points of personal speech following a very successful Club Fair hosted by IEs Campus Life on Monday, 4 February.

There are several pointers to keep in mind when giving a presentation, and according to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55% Rule, the three elements of personal communication are the spoken word; voice and tone; and body language.

Your vocal variety is vast, ranging from volume, diction, rate, pitch and tone. Being able to utilize these tools of the trade are of utmost importance when keeping your audience engaged, but more so, being able to deliver a sincere and heartfelt presentation.

When focusing on your body, there are three key points to always keep in mind: position, posture and movement. These are essential parts of a presentation as it allows you to engage with your audience and show what it is you are trying to say.

As with everything that is important, practice makes perfect. The IE Public Speaking Club hosts both impromptu and prepared speech formats to allow its members to practice these points of interest covering several different topics.


At the Public Speaking Club, we are constantly brainstorming to come up with ways to better engage our members and help them hone their public speaking skills.

On 29th January 2019, we implemented our first ever Prepared Speech Session, where we collaborated with the Technology and Innovation Club to provide technical topics for our members to present a 5-minute prepared speech. The topics covered included Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Machine learning, Internet of Things to name a few.

This session was a chance for us to evaluate our members on key aspects covered in our previous sessions, including; content, delivery and the psychological factor.
An important factor our presenters had to keep in mind was the fact our attendees were made of up of both technically savvy and non-technical people. This was a great opportunity for our members to find the middle ground of effectively communicating a technical topic and not alienating or boring their audience.

The long format initiative was a resounding success and IE Public Speaking Club look forward to implementing these sessions again in the near future. We look forward to collaborating with different clubs and tackling new topics in our bid to better our members as effective communicators.

Join us next week for our 11th Workshop on Mastering Your Personal Speech, where we will cover important topics such as; tone, speed, the pause, modulation and diction.

See you next week.


Content Creation with Public Speaking Club

Written on January 24, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On Tuesday, 22 January 2019 Sowmya Vavilala hosted IE Public Speaking Clubs 10th workshop on Content Creation.

Like any remarkable presentation, it all starts with brainstorming. This is one of the most creative processes in the formation of your presentation as you open your mind to any and all possible thoughts and ideas. Following the Osborn Method of brainstorming, keep the following points in mind:

  • Go for quantity – yes, quantity over quality put as many ideas onto the paper as you
  • Withhold criticism – don’t slow your creativity down with doubtful thoughts, this is a creative space
  • Welcome wild ideas – there is nothing too crazy in a brainstorming session, so go wild

Having refined and shaped those ideas, you should now start arranging them into what will now form the structure or flow of your presentation. Make sure that you step back from the intricate details of the presentation, to ensure that your presentation flows like a well-told story. One of the only abilities that truly separate us from animals is our ability to tell a story, so make use of it.

Keeping your audiences’ attention is not just about being on stage, or speaking loudly, but can be controlled using keywords. Careful consideration of keywords will assist the speaker in modulating their voice and keeping the audience engaged.

When putting your presentation together, always keep in mind the three C’s: Creativity, Coherence and Consistency. These three C’s will go a long way to ensuring that your message is effectively communicated.

Always remember, content creation is a skill that is developed over time. You can master this skill by reading, reading and some more reading, watching the likes of TED Talks and as always, practice, practice, practice.

Join us next week, 29 January for our session on the longer format of presenting, in collaboration with IE Technology & Innovation Club.


Public Speaking, first 2019 session

Written on January 24, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On January 15th, 2019, Raffaele Piemonte – former Vice President and current Alumni Advisor of IE Public Speaking Club, kicked off our first session of 2019, with a rousing workshop on Style Development.
Though so many of us have our very own innate style when it comes to presenting on stage, a lot of it can be cultivated, trained and successfully delivered through practice.

How can we create our style?
Learning from the best: the first step to develop and improve your style is, paradoxically, analysing great speakers of the present and the past to catch their secrets and master public speaking skills. Take advantage of online material by watching some of the greats to get a better idea of what suits you, what motivates you, excites you to want to be up there on stage. Watch speeches held by political leaders, actors, comedians, TED speakers or communication experts to identify aspects that ring true with you. These examples will give you a canvas to work off. Dozens of examples have been discussed during the workshop. Additionally, useful material will be shared soon with members.
The second step of the style-creation process is identifying your own unique characteristics. Acknowledging your strengths, and working on your them, will allow you not only to boost your confidence but, in practical terms, to improve your delivery. Personal branding is the key.
The third and final step of the style-creation process is delving into the art of storytelling. We did have a specific workshop dedicated to the topic: use the tools we provided, create your own stories, use the incomparable communicative power of stories, which are able to evoke images, sounds and emotions.
On which aspects we have to focus to improve our style?
Creating your own style implies working hard on all the 3 fundamental aspects of Public Speaking:
a. Content Creation
b. Delivery
c. Psychological Aspect
Once again, it has to be pointed out that specific sessions have been and will be dedicated on each one of this macro-areas, and related sub-topics. Stay tuned!
Are there some tips that we can bear in mind?
When honing your style, always remember to be flexible, and to embrace everything that might happen to you.
Plus, dig deep: know thyself, bring out the best in you.
Finally, always, always bear in mind what Oscar Wilde once said: “be yourself: everyone else is already taken”.


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