The Public Speaking Program

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United Netherlands Public Speaking Program

With the Public Speaking Program, United Netherlands offers her internationally awarded public speaking experience to motivated students and young professionals who are interested in improving their presentation, pitch and speech skills!

What is the Public Speaking Program?

The Public Speaking Program consists of five training sessions, which provide a solid basis in the art of public speaking in the English language. Each training starts off with a brief overview of the theory behind effective public speaking before you go into challenging exercises which increase your performance as a public speaker. Every week you will focus on a different aspect of public speaking and by combining theory and practice you can improve both their understanding and their skills. The key areas discussed during the PSP are body language, use of voice, structure, rhetoric, and framing while practicing speaking styles as presenting, debating and pitching.

By focusing on independent goals of participants and using the challenging atmosphere of the group, participants of all levels are able to grow in their public speaking. The trainers and other participants will provide you with personal feedback, which you can implement in your next speech. In each training you can expect multiple opportunities to speak, ensuring that you experience a steep learning curve! Next to in-class training, participants will also receive small homework assignments, such as preparing a short speech in advance.


Why the Public Speaking Program?

Public speaking is a vital skill, no matter your studies or your career path. Whether you have to defend your thesis, give a training, or pitch a product; feeling confident speaking in front of a group will help your message get across. Persuasive public speaking takes practice but is down the line definitely a skill you can learn!

United Netherlands aims to provide motivated students and young professionals with the opportunity to develop themselves in a safe but challenging group environment. The Public Speaking Program is trained by former United Netherlands delegates, meaning your trainers have been trained in their public speaking for six months and have participated in two international Model United Nations conferences. As our trainers are (recent) graduate students, they are accessible, while their experience allows them to challenge participants on all levels. Last but not least, as the Public Speaking Program is taught in English, the program is also a great way of improving your language skills and confidence in speaking English!

Who are we looking for?

The Public Speaking Program is open to young people who:

    • are eager to challenge themselves;
    • master the English language to a sufficient extent;
    • are motivated to experience personal and professional growth.

The Public speaking program allowed me to develop my public speaking skills. I now have the techniques and confidence to stand in front of a crowd and give a speech. The program taught me to speak in diplomatic way as well as how to tell my story. I definitely learned a lot and had lots of fun.

Naomi Abigail

Amsterdam Program

What I liked most about the program was the combinations of technical exercise and the actual speeches we had to give. The program gives you the opportunity to practice speaking in front of an audience, and the tools to become better at it.

Tara Kenkhuis

Amsterdam Program

I believe that I certainly improved my public speaking skills during the programme. That is to say that the programme has helped me to be less nervous during public speaking, to be able to improvise better, and to pay attention to different important aspects when speaking publicly such as my posture, my mimics and gestures, and especially my speed of talking. It has also made me more aware of the importance of structure in speeches and of different useful rhetorical devices.

Eva Ritte

Groningen Program