It's cold. I am still having my Rostrum meetings online rather than in person. School homework seems to be getting more difficult to coach each week. That's why I like to look forward to Spring and the promise of new beginnings. Everything seems easier when Spring comes. Attitudes change and daily routines are re-invigorated. That's how I see Frontiers in my Rostrum clubs. Refreshing, revitalising and energising. You remember you are part of a national network. You focus your club on the development of each member by developing specific skills and using coaching tips that give members clear ways to improve.
Rostrum Voice of Youth is an extension of our Rostrum Promise encouraging the next generation of speakers. Rostrum members in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW have taken up that challenge and hundreds of students in those zones are preparing to have their voices heard. Their efforts will culminate in the National Final in Adelaide in July.
The 2019 National Winner, Chantal Duffy wrote: Entering Rostrum Voice of Youth was the single best decision I made during my schooling. The dedicated adjudicators, volunteers, and Rostrum members were always so supportive and kind… I would love to help out with VOY. The program was such a fundamental part of my development over my senior schooling, and I would love to give back in any way that I can.
For those who believe in the value of service, RVOY is our way of helping the youth of today – the adults of tomorrow – be more articulate. That is the best reason to want to support RVOY.
For those who need more reasons to support RVOY, the question may remain… How can Rostrum members benefit?
"I am still learning" by Michelangelo, isn’t it profound?
My first public speaking engagement was way back in the year 1994 which left me scarred. It was on my school stage in front of 1000 preying eyes. I started well but went blank and could not recover from there. I didn’t try anything until my college final year presentation and avoided like the plague any situation where I was to speak publicly.
Being in the IT industry, it was clear that my inability to articulate my thoughts to the team would be a big hindrance. Even though I was leading teams and would easily communicate technically, the moment I was to speak on a general topic or speak impromptu, words would abandon me. I would fail to put words in proper sequence and to make meaningful sentences.
It was clear I had to do something. I started with a club in India for a couple of months and after landing in Sydney, the first thing I searched for was a speaking club near me.
Like many Rostrum Clubs across Australia, NSW Rostrum Club 21 has received the Rostrum National Frontiers Manual and we are in the early stages of implementation. We believe that this groundbreaking program should make Rostrum an attractive proposition for potential members.
From my initial experience with Frontiers, it is clear to me that the role of Coach is even more difficult than before, in that preparation is required by them ahead of the meeting.
As Coaches for the club, we need to find out which Activity each member will be doing and read the details in the Frontiers Manual. It's important to understand the impact on a new speaker who has read and sought to deliver the guidelines, only to be told that they did not comply.
On Tuesday 18th March 2021, South Australian Rostrum Club 26, in conjunction with ‘The Self Made Theory’, which is a progressive business advisory practice, and the University of South Australia, delivered an exciting workshop on how to be a great presenter on video (including zoom, video conferencing, video calling etc).
The workshop was held from 7.30am to 8.30am and this early start suited some, but maybe was a bit too much for a few ‘sleepy heads’. The workshop attracted close to 30 participants following its promotion across all Rostrum Clubs in South Australia, the University of South Australia and contacts from ‘The Self Made Theory’ company.
Thanks for interest in developing Rostrum Member Profiles. We can get to know each other.
It was interesting at the Frontier implemptation review on the 2nd May to learn of new members in many Zones seeking the Rostrum Club to develop competence in English as an additional language. Many already have competence in many languages.
Long-term supported (mentored) succession is important to allow new members the ability to develop not only speaking skills but essential leadership capability.
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