When you’re building the world’s longest floating bridge, you can expect a lot of speaking requests. From legislative committees to city councils to Rotaries and community groups, citizens want to hear about the project: what’s happening now, what’s coming next, and just how does a concrete pontoon float? Though project leaders are excited to share all of this exciting information, time is valuable and sometimes you need to develop bench depth – a few more speakers to put in the rotation.
EnviroIssues jumped in to provide speaker training for ten seasoned project staff members. We designed and delivered a four-session training program to refresh public speaking skills in general, focusing specifically on techniques, mannerisms, and habits. We videoed participants and coached them as we watched their speeches. The training included segments on general public speaking principles; individual, filmed sessions with debriefing using the video; presentation skills and fielding questions in group sessions; and a final presentation to the management group.