The following are podcasts made by the CWiC advisors themselves! Hear them in action as they discuss public speaking trades and techniques with prominent public speakers from the Penn community, around the Philadelphia area, and other places around the U.S!
CWiC Advisor Elsy Compres interviews Dr. Marisa Weiss, a radiation oncologist and founder of the #1 international non-profit organization for women with breast cancer (Breastcancer.org). Dr. Weiss has made multiple guest appearances as a medical expert for several popular media outlets. Dr. Weiss speaks about her experience as a conference speaker in the National Women’s Health Network, and her role as a doctor, an educator and an advocate. She explains that in order to give a voice to what you do, you need a strong message, know your audience, prepare ahead of time, minimize distractions, and maximize professionalism.
CWiC Advisor Triston Francis corresponded with Gopi Kallayil, a consultant, a group product manager at Google, and a member of Toastmasters for 17 years. Francis speaks of the CWiC mantra “connection not perfection” and the three main points provided by Kallayil: ask yourself appropriate questions about who the audience is, find purpose in order to leave something behind, and do it at a level that the audience can relate to. He goes on to explain how public speaking helped Kallayil get ahead in the business world. In short, practice, feedback, and stage time are essential for a good speech. Francis also interviews some fellow CWiC advisors (Josh Pollack, Tyrone Thomas, and Paul Lyandres) about their public speaking experience and the tools that they use in order to create an effective speech.
CWiC Advisor Lisa Kapp interviews Arthur Benedict, a professional speechwriter, consultant, and professor of management communication in the Wharton school of business. Professor Benedict speaks of his philosophy to speak the truth, which he defines as speaking from within, with passion, and conviction in any situation in order to capitalize on your own passions. Preparedness is good, but extemporaneous is from the heart.
Advisor Michael Kim/ Captain Phillip Rogers, April 23, 2010
CWiC Advisor Michael Kim interviews Captain Phillip Rogers, a recently retired Public Affairs officer for the United States Army International Affairs Office. Capt. Rogers talks about his work in the military and how he served his country through public speaking and writing press releases. He also touches on the difficulties of relating to audiences without similar views, and that pleasing a crowd (including your boss) should be carried out in as ethical a manner as possible, because honesty in presenting one’s case is the best way to create mutual understanding and establish trust with an audience.
CWiC Advisor Luben Li interviews Dr. Dennis DeTurck, Penn’s Dean of The College, Math professor, and Riepe House Master. Dr. DeTurck says that his most memorable experiences with public speaking are delivering commencement speeches. Dr. DeTurck advises speakers to begin with something familiar so as to be relatable from the start. Tell a story through your speech with a beginning, middle and an end. A little humor and unexpected twists and turns help bring dynamism to speeches. A speaker should understand who the audience is and what they do and do not know. And, the most important piece of advice one could give, according to Dr. DeTurck, is to be concise.
CWiC Advisor Paul Lyandres interviews Dr. Damon Linker, former speechwriter for Rudy Giuliani and professor of writing here at Penn. Dr. Linker gives advice for a surefire memorable speech which includes: effective themes in order to connect to the audience, finding the rhetorical sweet spots for a given crowd and rising to the occasion by exuding confidence in extemporaneous speaking.
CWiC Advisor Leah Mintz interviews Tammy Miller an international speaker, author, and speech coach. Ms. Miller is also a former director of Toastmasters, a member of the National Speakers Association, and owner of Hugz and Company Consulting. She gives advice on how to reach an audience by researching, analyzing and knowing them. There must always be a purpose to one’s speech that is relevant to the audience in order to invoke as many senses as possible, making it as real as possible. She also explains that structure is key for preparation, and while thinking about structure, think in threes (introduction, three points, and a conclusion).
CWiC Advisor Eileen Norton interviews Dr. James McGann, a professional speaker and Assistant Director of International Relations here at Penn. Dr. McGann speaks about the keys to successful speeches by giving three main pieces of advice: be mobile, be prepared and establish a connection with the audience. Dr. McGann emphasizes these in order to engage the audience, and everything is important from not being stuck behind a lectern to knowing the logistics of the room in order to make sure any aids you provide are not for naught to knowing how to relate to your audience.