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JCI Manchester relaunches Public Speaking Club with Eric Fitzpatrick

Posted: May 13, 2017 12:55 by Simon Anderson

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Friday evenings are normally reserved for going for a few drinks after a hard week at the office. They aren’t normally the best time to host the relaunch of a public speaking club. Well at JCI Manchester we do things a bit differently! So do our membership it appears.

The event came about after very generous offer from Eric Fitzpatrick, renowned public speaking and presentation skills coach and author of book ‘Persuade on Purpose.’ He offered us a 90-minute training session on a Friday, an opportunity we couldn’t pass up given Eric’s reputation on not just the JCI training circuit but the general training circuit also.

The session was held at Grant Thornton, who kindly gave us a fantastic room along with some drinks and nibbles. The 20 people who attended the session were very grateful for these!

The talk began with an interesting demonstration that involved ripping paper! After this Eric took us through us through his top tips using his T.R.U.E. presentation method and what the structure of a good presentation was. His talk was thoroughly engaging providing lots of opportunity for learning through interaction. It was clear that given more time Eric could have gone on for hours and still kept us engaged, alas we had but 90 minutes. We massively appreciate Eric giving up his time to come talk to us on Friday, it was a brilliant session to re-launch the public speaking club.

We will be putting together a programme of sessions that members and non-members can take advantage of over the rest of the year. Those that particularly enjoy public speaking may wish to join us in Southampton for the conference where there will be the annual UK competitions, which are broken down into;

Public Speaking - a 7 minute prepared speech on a topic decided before the competition.

Ex-Tempore - a 2 minute, un-prepared talk where you are given a random object or word and you have to talk as well as you can for a period of 2 minutes, no more.   

Debating - A structured debating competition where the topic for debate is given to you by the other team 15 minutes before the actual debate begins. 

We will inform you about training for all of the aboce in due course! Look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. 

Posted: May 13, 2017 12:55 by Simon Anderson with .

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