November 16, 2020, by Lisa Chin

Effective public speaking

This post is written by Dr Tissa Chandesa, Research Training Development Manager at the Graduate School.

On Wednesday 11 November 2020, Professor William Case conducted a session on Effective Public Speaking, aimed at our research community. Professor Case is the Head of School for Politics, History and International Relations. According to Professor Case: “Public speaking is not quite the same as lecturing. But as lecturer, we are sometimes asked to speak at public events. So, what is the difference? What kind of events might we be invited to? How might we use of lecturing skills? And what is in it for us, the speaker?”. During the first hour, Professor Case explored these themes, followed by participants giving a 1-2-minute introduction to a speech they might one day give for any event of their choosing in the second hour of the session. Professor Case then offered a brief and beneficial assessment of their speech.

Below are the learning outcomes for the session:

  • Identify the importance of proper public speaking to best disseminate your research work and findings to a wider audience

  • Understand how to share your complex research agendas with interested lay audiences

Overall, attendees found the session very useful and beneficial. Below are some of the feedback received:

  • Some tips in enhancing the public speaking skills. Most importantly, understand yourself, accept it and improve it.

  • Overall, it is good as long as internet is stable. One challenge is attempting to engage more interaction between speaker and participants especially large group.

On behalf of Graduate School, I would like to once again thank Professor Case very much for his time, contribution, insight and sharing of his experience in regard to the above-mentioned topic. We hope the attendees will be able to put into practice some of the advice and best practices shared during the session.

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