Effective public speakers are highly sought- after in the global market today. Ironically, the more techno savvy we grow, the less astute we get in our face to face communication. Consequently, young adults passing out of institutions of higher education are often lacking in the confidence and eloquence required while interacting with live audiences. The Centre for Performing Arts of St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, took up the challenge to tackle this lacuna by organizing a two day workshop on the 19th and 20th of July on the topic- The Art of Compering- a skill that is indispensible at the perennial public programmes held on campus.
Ms. Alice D’Cruz introduced the resource person, Mr. Ashley Lobo, an engineer by profession, and a lecturer in Business Communications at the Goa Institute of Management. Having worked in the US as a software analyst for the Banker’s Trust, before returning to Goa, Mr. Lobo proved to be the most appropriate person to conduct a workshop on compering as he is also an avid Toastmaster, at Mapusa and Porvorim. The current Vice President –Education at the State level and the reigning Division Champion of Public Speaking, he has twice won the rare title of Distinguished Toastmaster-the highest accolade for a toastmaster.
The Principal Fr. Dr. Jeronimo D’silva, welcomed Mr. Ashley Lobo and presented him with a potted plant and a memento as a token of appreciation. He advised the participants to make the best of the two day workshop, as it was a wonderful opportunity to pick up some essential tips in building up personal confidence.
Fr. Jeronimo also proposed that this event would be the beginning of a series of such workshops planned for students who are seriously interested in public speaking and compering as a profession.
Over the two days, Mr. Lobo brought into the sessions his rich experience as a seasoned speaker himself, while he held the attention of the participants, as together they explored the fundamentals of public speaking: the importance of researching ones audience, preparing the text and practicing ones delivery, being conscious of fluency and modulation of speech, using appropriate body language, while also injecting ones presentation with wit and humour. He engaged them in interactive exercises to drive home some of the above principles which could be handy while compering at college functions or while addressing other live audiences.
The workshop received an enthusiastic response from students across streams. They were presented with certificates as the event closed. Dr.Ramita Gurav proposed the vote of thanks, while Mr. Aryton of the BBA, picked up some useful hints on the run as he compered the program.