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How To Ace Your Panel Performance & Handle An Audience

  • DeskLodge House 2 Redcliffe Way Bristol BS1 6NL (map)

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Meet & Speak Clubs are a supportive space for women to take to their feet and find their voice.

At any industry conference there are a couple of keynote speakers and dozens of panel discussions offering plenty of opportunities for us step up and speak.

Taking part in a panel discussion may sound like an easier option than giving a speech, but we need to make sure we engage the audience, get our point across, and make an impact.

We learn some strategies and then practice by role-playing a panel discussion of our own, choosing a topic we can all talk about: ‘Women and Public Speaking’.

After coffee, we turn our attention to the audience. A competent speaker knows the secret to a good talk is to connect with the audience. To do that we need to ensure our speech matches their interests, level of understanding, attitudes and beliefs.

We take one topic and work in groups to come up with a presentation suitable for a number of distinct audiences.

And, to ramp up the fun, we are hopefully going to film ourselves.

To cover our costs there will be a small charge of £10 per workshop (£5 for students), payable on the night. But, in line with Women's Tech Hub, we will be offering one free place at each workshop for the unwaged. Please message us if you are interested in coming along but for any reason can't afford to pay.

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