An interview with Lotta Plomp, former participant of the Public Speaking Program (spring, 2016). Lotta is currently staying in Tanzania for an internship and afterwards will be doing an internship for the
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees.
Why did you apply for the Public Speaking Program?
I am a medical student, I never learned to speak in public during my study. The only skills in public speaking I had were from high school. I wanted the opportunity to practice my skills. However, I must say I was absolutely terrified.
What did the Public Speaking Program look like?
It was a very safe environment to be terrified in. The trainers make you understand that it’s okay to make mistakes. We were also allowed to choose our own topics, which made me feel more confident.
‘The Public Speaking Program is a very safe environment to be terrified in.’
What was the most important thing you learned during the Public Speaking Program?
Before, I hated speaking in public, now I know I actually like it! Thanks to the Public Speaking Program my confidence grew. I actually applied for an internship at the United Nations because of the program. At the end of the program, we do a small Model United Nations. That’s when I learned I really liked doing that! Now I’ll start my internship at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees!
What is the one thing you take away from your experience with the Public Speaking Program?
That being completely terrified of something, is exactly the reason to do it. You just have to do it!