Workshop on Effective Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Date: 8-9 September 2011

Venue: Permanent Mission of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations

Coordinator: Helene Gandois 

Effective public speaking is a skill that can be learned and mastered. Great communicators ‐ the leaders who influence our lives and the decisions we make ‐ know that to reach our hearts and minds, they must speak with authenticity and passion. This two‐day workshop focuses on the skills necessary for preparing and delivering convincing presentations in an international environment as faced by delegates at the United Nations and other fora. The workshop aims to improve and train the presentation skills of the participants in order to make them convincing and confident speakers.  
During this two‐day workshop, participants will learn principles and skills of developing and delivering effective speeches.The workshop will address:
  • Elements of effective communication and argumentation
  • Preparing and devising an effective presentation
  • Mastering questions‐and‐answer
  • Non‐verbal communication
  • Overcoming public speaking stress and anxiety
  • Communicating in an international environment
  • Different speaking contexts in the UN

In the second day of the workshop, participants will be required to make a presentation from a previously prepared speech on a global issue. The workshop will include videotaped practice and critique of the speech you give.

The workshop is open to members of the Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations Headquarters and other government officials; representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non‐governmental organizations, and other interested individuals. As the programme is interactive, the number of participants will be limited to no more than 20 participants. UNITAR reserves the right to make a selection among the candidates, if necessary. Selected participants are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment.
Resource Persons:
The workshop will be conducted in English. The workshop will be conducted jointly by Dr. Minh A. Luong, Director, Ivy Scholars Program; Associate Director, Brady‐ Johnson Program in Grand Strategy; and Assistant Director, International Security Studies, Yale University, New Haven / Connecticut, and Mr. Nicholas Coburn‐Palo, Dean of Curriculum, Ivy Scholars Program, Yale University; Doctoral Candidate in Political Science, Brown University, Providence / Rhode Island.
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Related Documents:

Provisional agenda

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