If you have seen Obama giving a talk you will know he certainly knows how to command a room. Some may say that is because he is the President of the United States but others and myself included would say he it is because he is a fantastic public speaker.
Public Speaking is something I have always struggled with. I wouldn’t say I had a complete fear of it but I wouldn’t be confident in myself. Yesterday I did a one day Public Speaking course and I must say it was fantastic.
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This course was recommended to my dad and after much research I decided this seemed to be the best one out there. I also liked that it was one day, there is one you can do over the course of a few weeks but for me I wanted to do a one day course and then could have a look at further courses. So yesterday I was up bright and early to attend this course. I went along by myself (Much better to go by yourself than with a friend). Kathleen was the instructor for the day. We had to prepare a 5 minute presentation in advance of the course. In my group there were only 5 of us which was great we all got to get to know each other and give great feedback to one another. I’ll give you a bit more information about the course.
Why I did it?
I decided to do a public speaking course because I just didn’t feel fully confident getting up in front of a room of people. I would always forget what I was supposed to be saying. So I decided to do a course to try learn some tips to cope with the nerves and of course to help improve my overall presentation skills. In Marketing presentations are a daily part of your role.
What did I learn?
After we all introduced ourselves yesterday we got straight in to things and each had to give our 5 minute presentation that we had prepared. Our instructor filmed our presentation and this was used as a basis for improvement. I learned great tips about how to structure a presentation, breathing techniques to help your vocal cords so you don’t sound nervous or look nervous and the art of story-telling.
Would I recommend this course?
A couple of my friend were dying to hear how I got on and without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend this course. However, there is no point thinking you are going to do this course and come out and be able to present like Obama; Everything you will learn in the course you will have to work hard to implement in to your meetings and future presentations. Today during my tennis match I even found myself implementing the techniques to calm my nerves during the match.
After completing the course I will certainly make a conscious effort to use these tips and tools in to role but what I learnt will be invaluable when it comes to starting my Masters. For anyone who gets extremely nervous or just wants to improve their skill set I would definitely recommend this course. Kathleen the instructor who is an actor by trade really is amazing and gave great advice. There is also an improver course I may look at doing down the line.
If you are starting college or in college it would definitely be a great skill to add to your CV or LinkedIn plus if you have to present in college it will certainly help.
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