28 episodes

LETs Stand Public Speaking podcast - ‘Speaking up about Speaking out’ will give voice to the public speaking potential of young people. Stories will be shared about the importance of these skills, life events that require competent speaking skills and how our young people can be taught these skills, skills for life, in a structured, explicit and meaningful way. These are skills that affect us all for better or worse throughout our lives. In the course of these podcasts, you will be informed, entertained and maybe even inspired to speak up and share your story.

LETs Stand Public Speaking Siobhan Fitzgerald

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LETs Stand Public Speaking podcast - ‘Speaking up about Speaking out’ will give voice to the public speaking potential of young people. Stories will be shared about the importance of these skills, life events that require competent speaking skills and how our young people can be taught these skills, skills for life, in a structured, explicit and meaningful way. These are skills that affect us all for better or worse throughout our lives. In the course of these podcasts, you will be informed, entertained and maybe even inspired to speak up and share your story.

    Design-a-thon Works - Empowering Children to Design a Better World. A conversation with Emer Beamer.

    Design-a-thon Works - Empowering Children to Design a Better World. A conversation with Emer Beamer.

    ‘What if we radically re-imagined the way we see children? What if we saw them as changemakers, engaged humans, scientists or inventors, and then helped them to develop their abilities for these roles’ – Emer Beamer, Co-founder and Program Lead of Design-a-thon Works.
    Emer Beamer, social entrepreneur and designer, inspired by children’s imaginations and altruism founded Design-a-thon Works in 2004. She is also an Ashoka Fellow and has co-founded both Butterfly Works, Co-Creation for a Better World and NairoBits, her first social enterprise (founded in 2000), Design College for youth from slum areas, Nairobi, Kenya, co-creating social change. What began as an art project is now a family of schools in 5 African countries with some 10,000 graduates securing jobs in the formal tech sector in Kenya and beyond. Nairobits is still going strong.
    The aim of Design-a-thon is to empower children globally to design a better world and to have society in turn include children in co-designing the future.
    Emer was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2016, and awarded ‘Global Innovator’ of Dubai Expo 2020. eLearning programs which she co-designed such as 'The World starts with Me' (Uganda 2004) and 'Learning about Living' (Nigeria 2007) are regularly adapted for 15 new countries in Africa and Asia and have won prizes from the World Bank and the United Nations. The connecting principle in her work is empowering learners by supporting them to become the author, creator and maker of their own worlds.
    She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin (Ireland) and then studied Graphic and Interactive Design at the Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands.
    Emer is originally from Ireland but has been based in Amsterdam longer than she likes to admit, she is married with two teenage daughters.
    If you have any specific questions for Emer, you can contact her at emer@designathon.nl
    If you’d like to find out more about Design-a-thon Works, you can do so at the following links:
    Global Children's Designathon, a yearly event, The 2021 video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzG73QrnBkk
    Video from RTE of the first Global Children's Designathon, held in 5 cities including Dublin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iks-v2nmkrI
    Design-a-thon Works
    https://www.designathonworks.com
    Butterfly works
    http://www.butterflyworks.org
    NairoBits
    http://www.nairobits.com

    • 49 min
    Using the ‘6 Thinking Hats’ in the creative art of public speaking.

    Using the ‘6 Thinking Hats’ in the creative art of public speaking.

    Is public speaking a creative process? In this episode I explore and discuss the relationship between public speaking and creativity. I also share how Edward De Bono’s ‘6 Thinking Hats’ technique can be used to stimulate lateral, critical and creative thinking in the classroom in a fun way.

    • 18 min
    The Power of Poetry and Language, with Paul O’Mahony.

    The Power of Poetry and Language, with Paul O’Mahony.

    “We all want to make an impact on life”. “Most people don’t have an interest in being on stage but most people have an interest in making sense to an audience”. In this episode, it’s my pleasure to speak with Paul O’Mahony, a man of many hats and talents. As Paul is a poet, amongst many other professional and personal roles held across his life, we chat about a topic I love, poetry. Poetry mainly and also, public speaking. Paul shares with us, his love of poetry from passing a book of poetry under the desk in secondary school to the impact of Wilfred Owen’s poem on him to writing different types of poetry himself. Paul advises that the discipline poetry gives us is a worthy challenge, the discipline of making every word count. He recommends that because “we all want to make an impact in life “and are “individually distinctive”, poetry writing helps us to understand the importance of thinking about every single word we use, saying and writing not too much but enough to make an impact. He also shares with us some very thought-provoking ideas about public speaking, a term he would prefer not to use and reminds us of how Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators. Throughout this episode, you will be inspired to consider the power of words and the language we use in poetry and in speech to explain, inspire, entertain, inform and even transform our feelings and experiences. Paul advises that the better the quality of your language, the better you’ll be able to communicate through poetry and speaking.
    Here are links to some of Paul’s poetry and some of what Paul spoke about:
    From Bath to Cork with baby Grace
    https://paulhomahony.com/
    Paul on Twitter: https://twitter.com/omaniblog?lang=en
    From Cork with Love: https://audioboom.com/channel/From-Cork-With-Love
    2015 World Champion: 'The Power of Words' Mohammed Qahtani, Toastmasters International
    https://youtu.be/Iqq1roF4C8s
    Dananjaya Hettiarachchi - World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 - Full Speech
    https://youtu.be/bbz2boNSeL0 #poetry #toastmastersinternational #toastmasters4golf #PaulO’Mahony #communicationskills

    • 59 min
    Children as Creative Problem-Solvers.

    Children as Creative Problem-Solvers.

    Children have the ability and creativity to solve or at least try to solve many of their own problems if we trust them and give them the space to do so. The TEDx talk by Charlie Cooper, aged 9, is an example of how children can come up with solutions to their dilemmas using a beautiful blend of imagination, creativity and empathy. Perhaps, we adults, teachers and parents, should stand back and stop jumping in so quickly to solve problems for them. You can view and listen to Charlie’s TEDx talk at this link: https://youtu.be/V7Z-Hq-xvxM #publicspeaking #childrenpublicspeaking #creativity #empoweringchildren #changemaker

    • 17 min
    Creative Speakers with Philip Howlin

    Creative Speakers with Philip Howlin

    Philip Howlin has been working in the financial services industry for 23 years. A speaker at industry events, he also contributes to industry magazines. Philip’s educational background is in Marketing, Strategy and Financial Services. His specialist area is pension planning and he has a personal interest in financial wellbeing and minimalist living. Philip, who joined Toastmasters 3 years ago, is the host of the Mullingar Toastmasters – Creative Speakers Podcast.
    The Creative Speakers’ Podcast, supported by Creative Ireland aims to delve into the creative voices in our communities to uncover what ignites the fire in creative people, where their passion comes from and how they deliver on that. Creative Ireland, a government initiative aims to support creativity in the community, enabling every person to achieve their creative potential.
    Philip believes that we are all artists in our own lives, acknowledging that wonderful sense of achievement and accomplishment when we bring something new into the world through our creativity when we’re brave enough to be authentic and vulnerable. He notes how there are different types of creativity for different people.
    Philip provides an insight for us into speaking in the corporate world. He points out that “if you can speak well, you automatically get into the top 20%”. Talking about public speaking, Philip shares that “when you hear someone speak, it’s a window to their soul”. He also mentions that “you cannot write a speech that doesn’t connect with you in some shape or form”. Throughout this discussion, Philip shares many powerful, profound nuggets of wisdom, such as, “you’re a good enough human as you are”, “say yes to every opportunity because you’ll learn something from it”, try “turning your nerves into excitement” and substitute the concept of mistakes with the term, ‘experimentation’. In sharing some of his experiences of Toastmasters with us, Philip encourages us to look at things a little differently challenging us, when it comes to speaking opportunities, to acknowledge that it is a privilege for us to have the opportunity to speak. Philip makes the point that public speaking can be a way of “untangling your thoughts”.
    Philip pays tribute to some of what he’s learned from fellow Toastmasters from the Mullingar Toastmasters club. He shares with us some details of Mullingar Toastmasters’ Innovative ‘Other Voices’ series which provided a platform for voices from the community that may not normally be heard, some everyday heroes who are all around us.
    Thank you Philip.
    Below are links to more information on some of what you will hear mentioned in this episode:
    https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2019/1220/1102343-leaving-limbo-our-documentary-is-a-reflection-of-this-country/
    Available on the RTE player.
    - Link to Mullingar Toastmasters, https://m.facebook.com/mullingartoastmasters/
    - Link to creative voices podcasts. Currently Creative Voices’ podcast is due to change to ‘Creative Speakers’ podcast soon. https://podcasts.apple.com/ph/podcast/creative-voices-ireland-mullingar-toastmasters-westmeath/id1556905842
    - Link to Creative Ireland. https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Creativity in Schools - Remembering Sir Ken Robinson.

    Creativity in Schools - Remembering Sir Ken Robinson.

    Sir Ken Robinson is one of the most, in fact, possibly, the most inspirational speakers on the topic of Education worldwide. He has inspired millions of educators through his groundbreaking thought-provoking talks which challenge us to think deeply about education and especially creativity in education. In this episode, I will listen to and comment on his TED talk: ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’, the most watched TED talk to date, analyzing and discussing his key messages and how he delivers them to maximum effect. You can view the talk at this link: https://youtu.be/iG9CE55wbtY. #Ken Robinson #Creativity

    • 38 min

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