04 February 2021, Geneva, Switzerland - The current pandemic increased the importance of effective communication for successful crisis management. Effective messaging at both the individual and organizational level is key to efficient collaboration and to overcome challenges. Therefore, UNITAR and the Conflux Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Mediation decided to collaborate to empower growth-oriented professionals working in multilateral diplomacy, as well as current and future policy leaders. Following the signing of a Letter of Agreement, UNITAR and the Conflux Center partnered to jointly organize the Virtual Course on Effective Writing and Speaking Skills in Multilateral Diplomacy: “Written Reporting, Public Speaking and Speechwriting”. This online course aims to equip participants with the necessary skills to work efficiently in times of increased ambiguity.

Partnership Objective: Strengthen Resilience under Uncertainty and Bolster Efficient Collaboration

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This online course will help individuals to better structure their approach to their own professional style, build resilience, and be self-motivated during these times of ambiguity. By examining the essential professional qualities needed to sustain the world of multilateral diplomacy, the Virtual Course will enable participants to further improve their high-level public speaking and writing competences.

The course aims to identify areas where participants need to improve, to give the impression of spontaneity and confidence while delivering their message to an audience. By providing direct feedback, participants will be enabled to make immediate adjustments and improvements at a behavioral - in addition to a theoretical - level. Therefore, the online course will also equip participants with the practical skillset to implement and improve public speaking and effective writing techniques.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the online course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply public speaking, presentation, speechwriting, and reporting techniques;
  • Acquire essential principles of the art and craft of speechwriting and written reporting;
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses as presenters and writers;
  • Demonstrate the ability to use voice and words to effect when giving presentations;
  • Implement acquired tools for combating public speaking anxiety.

Content and Structure

The online training will consist of lectures and facilitated discussions by senior experts and practitioners in the field, as well as simulation exercises, role plays and case studies. The virtual course will take place over a period of five days, from the 15 to 19 February 2021.

Contact and registration

For more information, kindly contact UNITAR's Division for Multilateral Diplomacy.

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