Last November, I was invited to deliver a workshop for Foster Vietnam. Foster offers a variety of platforms targeted at Vietnamese youths who want to develop their concealed abilities and most importantly, make their voices and opinions on current problems heard.
One of the guys that I coached in the ISB Gavel Arena Contest earlier in the year, is one of the organizers of Foster Vietnam. Ngô Minh Triết, aka Triet (to me with my Viet English), is a fantastic speaker and also a great leader!
The event Reas-onate and was held at the prestigious Hoa Sen University with the average age of the attendees ~17 or 19. Mostly high schoolers, with some university students.
I love the challenge of working with the youth and trying to inspire them to find their voice. I am really impressed with the younger generations here in Vietnam, because they are fiercely driven!
Culturally, they tend to be very humble and even a bit shy. This is a great combination for being coachable. They know they need to gain confidence speaking in groups and they are very receptive to feedback.
This crowd was a total blast!
At first, I shared some of the things I know about the psychology of speaking in public.
And, then I spent a good amount of time focusing on how easy it is to construct a speech with a piece of paper and a simple outline. This method was taught to me by my late mentor Peter Bunce:
Fold the paper in half, twice = 4 quadrants.
On the top left quadrant, write down your topic and specific purpose, “What do you want to audience to get from the speech?”
On the top right quadrant, write out a short introduction, 1-3 sentences
On the bottom left quadrant, list out 3 bullet points, that represent the 3 sections of the body of your talk
On the lower right quadrant, write out your Conclusion, 1-3 sentences
Super simple. No need to write a speech completely. If you choose a topic that you are knowledgable about, you should be able to deliver a speech from this simple outline.
Check out my YouTube video which shows the step by step instructions:
And then, we moved into some more interactive group play, mostly centered around body language, facial expressions and vocal range.
The last third of the meeting, I invited the audience members to sign up to give a speech, based on the outline and organization we practiced in the first part of the meeting. I was expecting only a couple of brave souls to stand up and present.
But we had at least 8 students who wanted to speak!
I love that type of participation! Usually, it’s like pulling teeth trying to get students excited to practice public speaking. I think that just proves how bold and brave the Vietnamese youth is!
At the end, I was presented with a great gift from my good friend Triet, and the folks at Foster Vietnam!
It was an honor and a pleasure to share some of my experience with this group and I would do it again in a heartbeat!