By Seraphina Mallon-Breiman
This past Monday night concluded the final workshop in the Social and Academic Workshop series, my own personal Delicate Balance Project.
This workshop focused on Public Speaking and was led by student Yasmeen Najeebi, Director of Res Life Luke Krueger and professor Bill Throop.
The beginning of this workshop was run virtually! Student Yaz could not attend and therefore lay the groundwork for what Public Speaking is through a skype call on my computer! Yaz has worked with the Greenpeace Foundation for a while now and has a lot of experiencing with public speaking, fundraising, and the principle understanding of what does and does not work when running a presentation.
Following Yaz's material, Luke began his presentation by dramatically reading the first page of the Gettysburg Address by our forefather Abe Lincoln.
His intention was to showcase the importance of diction and clarity as well as one truly understanding material before addressing it in public. Then, Luke split everyone into pairs to begin practicing with each other, first in monotone speech and then with projection.
As people worked together, they began laughing with greater ease and feeling more comfortable within their natural discomfort, as such happens inherently when it comes to public performance or presentation.
The next presenter was professor Bill Throop, GMC's previous Provost and someone who has lots of experience with public speaking and navigation. This workshop brought in the biggest crowd we have had yet, with a whopping 16 community members in attendance: including the head of the Poultney High School's english department and two students in his official public speaking class! A very exciting note to end upon.