I think this is a good proposal Leanne, and would like to thank you and
others who put time and effort into thinking through this issue/need, and
especially for coming up with a tentative programme.
Some of us certainly need to practice our public speaking, and presentations
in preparation for the 'big' one - oral examination.
On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 3:54 PM, Leanne Neshausen <lmn4(a)waikato.ac.nz> wrote:
Below you will see an outline for the structure of the "Practice Public
Speaking Group". (Also attached as a Word 2007 file).
If you would like to make any coments, or see more information, go to the
Student Learning website and click on the "Thesis writing Group" button (or
find this from the link below.) The proposed structure and other notes have
been posted on the moodle page, along with a forum for discussions. This
public speaking group will be seperate from the writing group, and it is
aimed at Masters and PhD students.
* The Practice
Public Speaking Group *
My proposed structure
Much of the structure I’m proposing comes from Toastmasters. I attended
Toastmaster meetings weekly for about a year. The group was excellent for
providing opportunities for developing confidence with speaking to an
audience, use of voice, gestures, and how to effectively present your topic.
The people really made the group, these were mostly university graduates, a
few lecturers, and a handful of full-time workers from places like Livestock
Improvement and AgResearch. This variety provided a really interesting
atmosphere and learning environment.
*To give you a little background on Toastmasters *
There was a yearly fee for joining Toastmasters that paid for your books, a
monthly magazine, and the hiring of a hall. The books you received provided
lots of useful information. You completed about one speech per month and
were evaluated on your speech in terms of the speech objectives outlined in
your book (usually about 3 objectives per speech, and difficulty increasing
with each speech). The evaluation was detailed and you received a pass or
need-to-repeat score. Toastmasters had a strong meeting structure and roles
rotated around all participants, that way you experienced a range of tasks,
and developed a range of relevant skills.
What I propose is similar to Toastmasters (I think the Toastmaster
structure is well tried and tested), but with a lot more flexibility (and no
*Sessions:* to be held every second and fourth Thursday of the month at *
5pm*. Sessions last one hour. First meeting I think will begin February
- an introduction of the topic of the day (a fun topic to get
everyone started with the 1 minute speeches).
- hear the 1 minute speeches,
- hear evaluations from the 1 minute speeches
and take a short break.
*This will get everyone involved and practiced on some aspect. *
- hear two or three planned and prepared speeches, and their
*Possibly we could have an evaluation of the evaluations? *
- sort out who be the session organiser, who will give speeches,
speech evaluations, and the topic of the day for the next session.
Someone needs to be *timing* all the speeches so that we don’t go over the
I also think it would be a good idea to record who has presented a planned
speech on moodle to know everyone is getting a turn (this could simply be:
-date- and –name-).
· Planned speeches only need to be 7 to 10 minutes, and (say) 3 to
5 minutes for shy speakers
· I’m asking to rotate the role of ‘Session Organiser’ weekly from
the third session in order to reduce the potential workload. This will also
give a number of people experience with this role. Help will be available
because we do want things to go well, and I am only asking for volunteers
(i.e. you won’t be ‘appointed’ roles).
· Depending on the number in attendance, I think start with 1 hour
· MUST rotate tasks around everyone BUT this doesn’t have occur
all within one meeting. Sometimes people can just be audience
· Topics of the day should be fun, and perhaps have some themed
sessions, such as Halloween
· During summer occasionally hold a session outdoors?
· Some planned events, such as a little competition, might be an
The purpose of the group is to develop presentation skills of any kind, as
well as to provide a supportive learning environment. Presentations could
include PowerPoint, a poster, a pretend work meeting, etc.
See the earlier discussion for more notes.
Sometime before the first meeting in February a reminder about the group
will be sent out. This reminder will also ask who would like to provide the
first speeches, and who might like to do some other tasks such as time
keeping, introducing the topic of the day, etc.
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