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Presentation Skills: Delivering Memorable, Meaningful and Motivational Presentations

September 1,2015

 (L-R) Resource speaker Dianna Lalaine Navea shares guiding principles in preparing presentation content, 2nd year and 3rd year students practice posture exercises, Ms. Navea demonstrates using one’s voice to better communicate with the audience when presenting

(L-R) Resource speaker Dianna Lalaine Navea shares guiding principles in preparing presentation content, 2nd year and 3rd year students practice posture exercises, Ms. Navea demonstrates using one’s voice to better communicate with the audience when presenting

The Psychology and Counseling department offered its first department activity this academic year on August 1, 2015 a talk on presentation skills. The department invited Dianna Lalaine Navea, a Scholastican and former Psychology Society president to deliver the talk; she is presently connected with a local bank’s training and organizational development team. First offered in 2014 to then third year students, the department decided to adapt the initiative as a program for 2nd year and 3rd year students to aid them in preparing for presentation requirements including reporting in class and thesis defense. It will also be beneficial when they start working.

 Entitled Presentation Skills: Delivering Memorable, Meaningful and Motivational Presentations, the talk covered the fundamentals of presentation skills including how to appear, behave and communicate when doing a presentation. The talk was dynamic; it featured exercises and practical techniques that students can use to become better presenters.

As a follow-through activity, attendees were asked to submit a learning paper on the learning session. Some of the insights the students shared include “because the speaker is also a Scholastican, her experiences and examples were relatable”, “applying the learning and techniques from this talk will not only merit a high grade but will also build good image”, “it was helpful and reassuring that there is a way to overcome nervousness and shyness”, and several of them quoted the resource speaker with what stuck with them, “you are your best visual”.