United Netherlands Public Speaking Program
In compliance with the advice of the RIVM, unfortunately, our Public Speaking Program in its original format has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We are looking into alternatives for the summer. Please continue to check our website and/or social media platforms regularly, as we will provide further updates as soon as reasonably possible.
With the Public Speaking Program, United Netherlands offers its internationally awarded public speaking experience to motivated students and young professionals who are interested in improving their presentation, pitch and speeching 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 that 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 your understanding of Public Speaking and your 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 is a skill that you can learn and that takes practice.
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;
- want to master the English language;
- are motivated to experience personal and professional growth.
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