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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

TalkShop Speech & Presentation Mastery for UN Spokespersons

TalkShop, the country’s premier English communication school, completed Speech and Presentation Mastery for International Organization for Migration (IOM) on March 29 and 30, 2021. The virtual learning course was designed for IOM frontliners and spokespersons to develop their proficiency in crafting the right messages and confidently presenting them to various target audiences.

IOM is a partner of governments in facilitating, regulating, and making policies for migration. Part of the United Nations system, this organization services and advises migrants to enable them to reap the benefits of humane and orderly migration. IOM’s agenda – focused on migration and its links to economic, social, and cultural development – and related issues on international migration law, national migration policies, protection of migrants' rights, migration health, and the gender dimension of migration are challenging to discuss. They must be effectively communicated by the IOM frontliners and spokespersons to government leaders, migrants, NGO partners, and a long list of other multi-sectoral stakeholders. Within this context, TalkShop framed the learning activities of Speech and Presentation Mastery for IOM.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO & Corporate Communications Guru
, ensured that the course content and methodology drew inspiration from, integrated scenarios from, and built on the participants’ vast experience in stakeholder engagement while aiming for upskilling. Broadly, the course had two segments: 1) language competencies, presentation techniques, and confidence building; and 2) fortifying audience rapport and facilitation skills.

Through a workshop that combined informative lectures, interactive discussions, video presentations, and individual pre-work – TalkShop Speech and Presentation Mastery for IOM covered specific learning activities on (a) speaking with purpose; (b) audience analysis; (c) storytelling and speech craft; (d) positive scripting; (e) power intro and closing; (f) listening and influencing skills; and (g) media training. Moreover, the course was responsive to the new normal’s demand for the use of virtual platforms in meetings and presentations. Thus, integral to the course are the learning activities on creating the right impression online – from ultimate introductions, to models of presentation, to visual impact and gravitas.

Ms. Viesca underscores, “While the pandemic has slowed down the world and borders have been closed, International Organization for Migration continues to champion opportunities for migrants. We at TalkShop look forward to roll out more training programs for IOM spokespersons to lead clear, coherent, and powerful discourse and debate on issues in migration.”