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CICERO: Public Speaking workshop for Rotaractors

Identifying the undeniable need of public speaking skills to thrive as a professional, CICERO is a knowledge sharing workshop & competition designed with the main aim of enhancing and developing public speaking skills of Rotaractors from a career centered perspective. Organized with the support of Rotaract Clubs of Colombo Institute of Research & Psychology, Colombo Regent, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo and key event partners Nations Toastmasters Club and The Compere, the event was executed in two phases on three days.

The first phase which took the form of knowledge sharing and learning workshops consisted of two workshops which were held at the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo on 22nd September and 6th October 2018 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Its structure designed by the Nations Toastmasters Club covered 10 modules under the CC level qualification in Toastmasters. The participant Rotaractors were trained more on impromptu speech practice.

“The session taught me how to structure my speech, use my body language and voice which I thought is extremely important for me given my future career as a lawyer.” “The workshop was very useful as it provided insight on things which I thought I knew but didn’t. It helped me learn how to think on my feet when need for speech arises” are few of the many positive feedback the organizers received from the participants at the end of the workshops.

The second phase which was a competition for all the Rotaractors who participated in the first two workshops to present their skills was held on 7th October 2018 at the Nations Trust Banking Center from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Each Rotaractor got the opportunity to speak for a maximum of 2 minutes on a topic which was revealed on the day.

After an interesting and exciting round of impromptu speech, Rtr. Thisuri Lokubarana from Rotaract Club of Colombo who spoke on the topic ‘Without the dark, we would never see the stars’ won the competition.

Toastmaster JJ Gihan Samarawickrama, before delivering the final decision of the judges, claimed that he is impressed with the skills shown by the Rotaractors at the competition, after attending just two oratorical workshops.

Nations Toastmasters Club who played a key role in designing and curating the workshops is highly appreciated by all Rotractors for their invaluable expertise and support rendered towards completing the project in high standards.

Rotaract 3220 Editorial Team

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