For two years now, Sheila Viesca has been training the seminarians of the Immaculate Conception Minor Seminary in Guiguinto, Bulacan. Sixty-two high school students benefit from the English Communication workshops aimed at developing their personality, confidence, and proficiency.
This year, the TalkShop training culminated in another successful Academic Week highlighting Speech Eloquence and Presentation Mastery as aspiring priests compete by year level and as individuals in their interpretations of famous speeches and poems such as The Gettysburg Address, Patrick Henry’s Speech, Speech of Portia, Invictus, Song to Celia, among others.
“The workshops are paying off. I am very impressed at the positive changes I see in my wards in terms of articulation, poise, and bearing,” notes the seminary’s Rector, Fr. Sonny. He adds, “I know that with Talkshop, we are in the right direction towards preparing them for the apostolate for which they need to preach, counsel, and influence - all of which rely heavily on proficiency and integrity in language learning.”
Adjudged winners in this year’s competition were Ray Arden, first place; Jed Paulo Cruz, second place; Edrylle Dayrit, third place. Special awards also went to Joseph Benjamin Gonzales for the “Most Memorable Performance”, Angelo Paulo Chico for “Best Costume”, and Allan Geoffrey Cruz for “Poise and Personality”. Prizes included cash and gifts from TalkShop.
Year after year, clients keep choosing TalkShop to design and conduct workshops catering to their targeted training needs. TalkShop pioneered Integrated language Teaching (ILT), a methodology that incorporates values reinforcement, positive thinking, and image enhancement into communication courses ranging from Speech and Conversation Expertise, Business Writing, Training the Trainer, Customer Service to Leadership and Assertiveness Training.