2nd Meeting, March 2013, Tralee, Ireland

Aims of the meeting:

  • to exchange best practices in public speaking field
  • to establish course units and decide on the main content
  • to share information about activities undertaken so far

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Tony Hanlon (ITT lecturer in Communication) presented tips on public speaking:

  • Pay attention to the audience; e.g. choice of language
  • Research; make sure that your facts are correct
  • Stick to the point
  • Presentation has to be well structured & well prepared & rehearsed
  • Presentation has to be understood & remembered
  • Presentation should bring a change into the lives of the listeners (quote: education is not filling an empty vessel, but lightning a fire)
  • Respect the listeners
  • Start strong at the beginning and be strong at the end
  • Don’t give ALL the information; leave space for questions
  • Visual tools = bridges: to support your presentation, but not as a barrier
  • Be aware about how to use body language/eye contact to support your presentation; friendly face & sense of humour
  • You have to be in control of your topic; then you can concentrate on your presentation; be sincere
  • Time management is important; leave room for questions
  • Relaxation techniques before a presentation can be helpful

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Visit by Lucy Crowe (ITT lecturer in French & EU Policy/Law) and four of her students:

Lucy explained that these students take part in the ITT EU debate this Thursday evening. This is an annual event since 2003. Each student has seven minutes to talk; altogether two teams with three speakers each. Two judges will decide on the winning team.
The students get 30% of their continuous assessment for the public speaking debate. Students take onus of module and prepare themselves for the debate; it touches on various skills: public speaking, writing skills, research skills, references, delivery, confidence building, stress management; etc.
Two students gave the project group a taste of their public speech for the EU debate. This bought back the human side of our project and focused the group.
It was decided that Lucy’s EU debate could be included as a case study into the project foto