A team of five persons working with the Academic Advising Unit of the Provost’s Office attended a July 25 Public Speaking seminar in which AVP Abba Tahir was facilitator.
Comprised of staff members and an intern, the team includes Nnenna Nkata, Imaobong Alfa, Cosmas Chigbo, Daniel Ugwuede, and Aishat Jimoh.
Mr. Tahir took the team on the seven basic principles of public speaking: perception--focus on purpose not audience; perfection--Can’t be perfect, ignore mistakes; visualization--practice in the mind; discipline--physical rehearsal; description--make it personal; inspiration--focus on audience, and anticipation--less is always better. He said these basics form the foundation that anyone needs to know for effective public speaking.
Mr. Tahir also stressed the need to do an audience analysis long before any presentation. “If you don’t do an audience analysis, there would be a shortfall in your planning and delivery.”
The team sees the seminar as a personal development training that gives insight into how to better relate to clients. Other areas they are interested in are speech writing and effective business communication.
Speaking of the relevance of the training, Ms. Alfa said their job demands that they relate with parents and students often. They want to be more aware of the need to act professionally during any such communication.
Mr. Ugwuede added that a professional presentation brightens the University’s image. “The way you present information speaks volumes about the University.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa