ESAA Talk: Public Speaking workshop in Korea


On 13th May, 2017, ESAA and OCEANS hosted a public speaking workshop in South Korea targeting both current ESAA members (both alumni and students) and prospective ESAA members. This workshop was organized as an initiative of the OYOE (Organize your Own Event) in Seoul to promote ESAA outside of the European Union and increase the awareness of ESAA membership. Furthermore the event was envisioned to improve capacity building for ESAA members in key skills and train the young professionals with good communication practice.

The theme of this workshop was on public speaking, which is a soft skill that many Asian students have difficulties and also an attribute which is increasingly required throughout one’s careers. 15 participants(including 6 OCEANS members and 2 EMA members) and 3 organizers(all OCEANS) first met at Urban Garden, a restaurant in Seoul, for the opening session including the introduction to ESAA and OCEANS. This was also an icebreaking time for the participants to get to know each other and share their motivation to attend the event.

After lunch, the participants headed to the event venue, the EU Delegation to South Korea. The deputy Ambassador, Dr. Joélle Hivonnet welcomed ESAA Talk participants with a warm speech. The event continued with one hour training conducted by Mr. Sokeel Park, a renowned public speaker who had given a speech at TED, and followed by a peer discussion on what makes a good public speech and practice. Participants were challenged to prepare a five minutes public speech about their Erasmus+ experience. All the presentations were recorded and participants had the opportunity to receive and give feedback to each other. It was very enlightening and inspiring to hear on how Erasmus+ has shaped their lives!

The EU Ambassador to South Korea, Dr. Michael Reiterer, closed the training with a short speech about the role of the EU Delegations worldwide and particularly in South Korea. It was a good speech and Sunhee Kim, one of the organizers, asked for some tips in public speaking. Dr. Reiter did not hesitate to share with the participants his personal experiences and some advices. At the end of the event, the result of vote for the best speakers was announced by the ambassador as well; three participants, Narae Shin, Soyoun Park, and Yekta Demirci were voted as the best speakers and applauded by others. After wrapping up the workshop, all participants had a dinner reception at Seven Springs, a buffet restaurant near the EU Delegation, networking with each other. Everyone was satisfied with the workshop, saying they would love to participate other ESAA events in Korea again next time!

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