Speed Public Speaking: Pitch your cause!

GlobalNet21 is about engagement and connecting and we do this in many ways. One is through the art of public speaking. To help people with this we have in the past held a Speakers Corner. We are now trying a new technique to help those who want to practice and learn the art of public speaking in a friendly atmosphere.  This initiative is called Speed Public Speaking.

In this every participant to this session will get on stage several times for very short times (half a minute, one or two minutes)

The purpose of this session is to help speakers to make their point with brevity, impact and clarity. In nowadays world, if you have a cause to defend, you may need to be able to trigger interest in a short time. The aim is not to say it all but to get people to ask for more information.

 The focus being “How to say it”, it’s up to participants to decide what they will talk about.  Please choose a theme that is relevant to a Global 21 meeting. Climate change, education, gender equality... whatever. 

You will be invited to engage with the audience smiling, making eye contact, engaging with them in a friendly convincing way, to improve your body language or vocal variety or to use simple easy to grasp structures...

 There is room for several speed speakers per session. It is also possible to attend as audience.

There will be three or four rounds altogether after which some informal time will allow speakers and audience to mingle and engage in meaningful exchanges.

 A possible last round before leaving will be about thanks and call to action (marketers know well that any efficient communication ends up with a call to action...)

We are organising this with  Jean-Marc Pierson and his meetup group which you can find at http://www.meetup.com/Speed-Public-Speaking/  So this will be a joint and collaborative effort.

From this session, you will start building  up experience and confidence until becoming able to perform full length speeches, presentations or stories, with a sense of maximum enjoyment.

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  • Kieran C.

    It turned into a useful evening for me. I had a chance to practice what I want to say about tackling reoffenfing through rehabilitation. There were a variety of subjects mainly from people who do not have English as their first language. I can only imagine how difficult it can be to pitch at the right cultural level. I felt that Pyramid selling pitches were being made. Meetup needs to be aware of groups being used as a way to recruit other devotees to this abuse of business principals. The Vegan nutrition pitch and the 'how to go on holiday every month' pitch both set off alarm bells for me. I am willing to stand corrected. Jean Mark was very up front about promoting the paid public speaking groups he is evolved in and good luck to him.

    August 8

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for your feed back and great input in the evening. I expected more socially engaged speakers from Global 21. The two speeches you mention were made by regular members of Speed Public Speaking, which is a training business. The Vegan nutrition guy has nothing to sell, only personal conviction in the matter. The Holiday guy was selling his stuff, or rather practising his public speaking skills with his business as theme, and is entitled to. Everyone got a free session, which cost me the room hire fees. I love doing this, however beyond love, I am doing it to win my bread and butter. Meetup.com does not prevent anyone from using the website for business. You were great at rhetoric, efficient and convincing, and 100 per cent relevant to an event co-organized by Global21.

      1 · August 8

    • A former member
      A former member

      May I add that if people used their right of free speech (which was my theme) for more or less irrelevant purposes, these people were also audience and listened to you making your point ! If only socially engaged people were attending, you would probably have talked only to people already sharing your views. :-)

      August 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was an excellent evening, we were about 15 people talking with open minds and open hearts about a variety of subjects such as nutrition, hate of the local councillors shying away from using computers to protect the environment, Africa-Europe communication network, emotional implications of activism, orgasmic meditation, holiday, invitation to church and homage to Karl Marx.... Smiles, laughter, attention, emotions...it was a great evening at the Apple Tree. Thank you everyone

    August 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's 6.30 pm at the Apple Tree, in the function room (first floor) - From Farringdon Station, walk up Farringdon road, cross Clerkenwell road and carry on in Farringdon Road. First left in Ray Street, then at the fork, go right in Warren Street, you can't miss the Apple Tree round the corner. It's going to be exiting and different, I am happy to see you there !

    August 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    For this evening, making sense is not compulsory though strongly recommended.

    1 · July 29

  • Iain M.

    Add to that the confusion of postings attached to my name herein that weren't created by me - not a good day!!??? Oh dear. I really must just throw this laptop out of the window. Simpler life

    July 29

  • Iain M.

    Hmm. Like the sound of that one. Bearing it in mind. Thursday ideal/pay day - although after today's Mandatory Work Placment nonsense I'm under threat of benefit sanction (although out of £9/10 per day total income/no Housing or other etc), there isn't a lot left to sanction anyway lol) so... see what happens

    July 29

  • terence f.

    I am not sure if I could have carried off the coolness to wear a DJ though

    1 · July 29

  • Fiona W.

    Terence (or do you prefer terence?) you would you have come as the one wearing the bow tie? Both will be missed!

    July 29

  • terence f.

    Both of me are sadly otherwise occupied.

    July 25

  • Ameenur R.

    I am very much eagerly interested to grasp the art of public speaking. Perhaps I am too nive!

    July 24

  • Terence F.

    Sadly busy. I love the idea.

    July 24

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