Public Speaking Workshop
Share article posted on April 24, 2018
There can be few things more fear-inducing than speaking in public, even worse when it’s to fellow students, the Principal and Directors of Studies of your school, after only a couple of hours of practice and preparation, on a subject of your choice and without notes. But on Wednesday 18th April, at a little after five thirty in the afternoon, after an intense workshop given by journalist and BBC producer Paddy Maguire, ten of our students did just that. They stood up one by one and talked about, well, pretty much everything. There was the value of studying History, how boxing gives you mental strength, why we should save Maine’s Acadia National Park and Vocaloid music. Some students joked and cajoled the audience into interest, others used enthusiasm or extensive knowledge, others constructed complex linked arguments. One of them took out her phone and played us some Vocaloid music, and then explained why she liked it so much. What all of them did was stand a few feet in front of their audience and engage us. I had a chat with one of the students afterwards and he said what others have after previous workshops – it’s terrifying but afterwards you feel fantastic; you realise what you can do. A bit like with boxing apparently. Not too much like, I hope.