TEDxAUBG Workshops: Develop an Idea, Say It Out Loud, and Present It
Last week TEDxAUBG organized three workshops starting from Jan. 31 continuing on Feb 5. The aim was that AUBGers could learn how to come up with ideas, improve their public speaking, structure a speech and give a presentation appealing to the audience.
The first workshop was on Jan. 31 in Aspire Center at 19:30 with Diego Lucci – professor of Philosophy and History at AUBG. He talked about never giving up on the long path to the great idea, that is always filled with hurdles. He mentioned that most people with different mindsets who come up with new ideas are usually called ‘crazy’ at first but those are the people who see the world with eyes wide open to the future. It is always good to have a piece of paper by your side so that you can write down something you might forget. The easiest way to remember it is to track the steps that lead you to that thought. Revising what is written and sharing it with others for opinion is the next step to being successful.
At the end of the week, on Feb. 5, there were two more workshops at Aspire. At 6 p.m. Associate Professor Robert Phillips showed the students how to transform their ideas into a speech people would like to hear. The most important things are to respect the format, oneself and the audience.
“Always leave them wanting more”, said Phillips quoting the first rule of the theatre.
Not losing the audience’s attention is not as easy as it seems. It is all about body language, speed and loudness of the voice. When trying to convince the people standing before you, one needs to be able to appeal and this can only happen if you communicate with them, not read from a piece of paper.
“Being communicator is being creative”, commented Phillips about the relationship between the speaker and the audience.
The workshop continued with dividing the public into groups of four to five people who worked on a topic for a few minutes. They needed to tell a story that somehow related to their lives using analogies and metaphors. This experiment turned out to have a huge success judging from the reaction of the audience, the eagerness they had to participate and the passion with which they talked.
Later that night at 8 p.m. Boris Hristov, the founder of the presentation design and training agency “356labs” showed his audience how to present properly their ideas and to make people more curious on the topic of the speech. He explained why colors, fonts and images are important, how to use them and how to combine them. He also gave a lot of tips on using Power Point that would “extend” people’s lives in the future.