Communications Insight For More Inspiring Leaders How to Choose a Volunteer to Speak!

How to Choose a Volunteer to Speak!

 14th Jan 2023
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I remain a fan of Mandatory Volunteering.

Lesson learnt from experience leading political campaigns years ago 😊.

Yesterday, a cracking day with the Lower 6th Formers of Leicester Grammar School.

Generous doses of interaction in these kinds of 1hr HOY sessions is so key.

Especially if done EARLY in the session.

Nothing focuses the minds of a group of 100+ students more than to see one of their own called up on stage without preparation.

Willing victi… excuse me, “volunteers”.

Don’t assume you have to “ask” for volunteers.

Select them!

Much more fun for the audience.

Mitigates the risk of “same old, same old” hands going up.

Of course, on the (rare) occasion someone really really doesn’t want to step up, no need to force.

But don’t be disheartened.

Move on to someone else swiftly, keep the energy up.

It’s all part of the experience…

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 Simon's masterclass on pitching and effective communication attracted over 60 MBA's and other post-graduate students from across Oxford during the exam period ... testament to how valuable people thought it was. I would recommend it to anyone, especially mid-career professionals, looking to enhance their ability to communicate their ideas with conviction.


Soushiant Zangenehpour | Manager, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford

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