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Unite Ambassadors Training Session 7 Plan – Public speaking

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Have learnt about the concept of public speaking
  • Appreciate that like all skills improvements can be made through practice.
  • Consider how the development of public speaking skills might impact on the role as a Unite Ambassadors.
5IntroductionMost people, at some point in their life, will need to stand up and speak in front of a group of people. Unite Ambassdors will need to speak with teachers, adults, parents as well as to young people.
10Image Starters(NB You will need to collect images for use in this activity)
Place the images face down and have everybody pick one.
Using the image as a prompt see what can they share about it? What they share does not need to be fact - it can be fiction e.g. ‘This apple was once going to be eaten by the King of France but....’. Try to encourage imaginative creativity.
Prompt questions:
Where is this photo/image from?
(Remember the answer doesn't have to be true - merely plausible!)
What's happening in this photo/picture?
What feelings does the image evoke?
Is there a season or time associated with it?
What happened after or before the photo was taken?
Collection of images/photos from magazines or newspapers
10What is Public Speaking?
What is it´s historical background?

What is a public speaking?
Does public speaking have a structure?
What is the aim of public speaking? To inform, to persuade and to entertain!
Annex 1
10What kind of personality traits or skills should I have to be a good performer?Ask pairs to list the traits and skills that they can think of. Share and see who has the most. Discuss why they are important.
Divide the group into two. Ask them to write the alphabet A-Z
They must try to then think of something for every letter that would make someone a good speaker in public e.g. P is for pausing, A is for attention
Try and complete as many as possible in 4 minutes (not easy!)
15What kind of careers or jobs require good Public Speaking skills?Divide into teams. List at least 10 careers or jobs that require good public speaking skills in 2 minutes.
Consider as a group the nature of different audiences. Do these professions approach the task of public speaking in the same manner? (e.g. teacher, president, lawyer, singer etc.)
15Practising public speaking - Activity 1Practise using tone, volume and timing of speech to convey different emotions. In annex 2 there are some examples of text that can be used. Practise reading the extracts using different language styles e.g. sorrowful, happy, whispered, frightened, sarcastic, excited, proud, joyful, bold, disappointed, angry, nonchalant, shy, etc. The point with this activity is that the style will not be in keeping with the content.
Annex 2
15Practising public speaking 2Try conveying a message without using words. Each student thinks of a sentence or phrase the content of which has to be delivered to others non verbally. You may need to provide examples (I love You, How much does this cost? Where is the zoo? What book are you reading? Have you ever been to France? etc.)
10Where do I need Public Speaking skills?Role Play (see Annex 3) Get the participants to try these role plays in pairs. The key is to remember both the style and content.
Discuss where Unite Ambassadors might need to use good public speaking skills?
Annex 3
35Practising public speaking 3There are two parts to this activity. The first is to hand each participant an everyday object (a can opener, a spoon, a ballpoint pen, a shoe etc.) The task of the participant is to present the object to the group as if it is something quite remarkable. They should comment on its special properties so as to convince their audience. The speaker should be reminded that enthusiasm is contagious and if they want their audience to be excited then they need to show enthusiasm. They need to use tone, timing and volume together with body language to make it seem like the most exciting thing in the universe.
The second part of this activity is to randomly distribute to each participant one of the subjects from Annex 4. They should then be given perhaps 10 or 15 minutes to prepare a two minute talk on their subject. They need to present this using all they have learned. The timings and examples should of course be varied to suit the participants.
Annex 4
5EvaluationThe participants should be encouraged to say to the group what they thought went well with their presentation and if there is anything they would change if they were to do it a second time.