CURSO PARA HABLAR BIEN EN PÚBLICO

Si necesitas mejorar tus habilidades para hablar en público en inglés, ¡este curso es para ti!

  • Adquiere confianza en tus propias habilidades en un ambiente distendido y amigable.
  • Aprende técnicas básicas de respiración y de relajación.
  • Mejora el contacto visual y el lenguaje corporal para hablar con más naturalidad.
  • Técnicas del uso de la voz (proyectar la voz, volumen, tono, ritmo, etc.)
  • Mejorar tu pronunciación para que el mensaje pase con más claridad.
  • Improvisación y discursos preparados.
  • Escucha activa, retroalimentación constructiva.

Si quieres leer las opiniones y comentarios de antiguos alumnos haz clic aquí.

Para participar es necesario tener un nivel intermedio alto o avanzado de inglés.

Fechas y horarios:

Martes 10 de marzo 19:30-21:30
Jueves 12 de marzo 19:30-21:30
Martes 17 de marzo 19:30-21:30

Coach: Aline Casanova es intérprete de conferencias, Toasmaster y profesora de inglés. Ha realizado estudios de danza, técnicas de voz (canto, declamación) y oratoria en EE.UU. y en España.

LUGAR:
Hexagone Language Solutions
C/ Meléndez Valdés, 14  28015 MADRID
(metros: Quevedo, San Bernardo, Argüelles)

Matrícula: 85 €

Curso bonificable a través de la Fundación Tripartita Hexagone se encarga de todos los trámites por un coste adicional de 10 €.
Si estás interesado en participar, puedes inscribirte antes viernes 6 de marzo en el siguiente link: Inscripción

Si tienes cualquier pregunta puedes contactar con Eva Rodriguez en el 915632148 o por email: eva.rodriguez@hexagone.esunnamed

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Ideas for Table Topics

Being Table Topics Master can be great fun. You are basically acting as a facilitator for your fellow club members by igniting the spark of creativity. As a believer in Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory and long time trainer, I remembered one of the key premises from my years in college: stimulate multiple intelligences at once.
According to Gardner, humans have several  significant intellectual capacities or intelligences:

If you only stimulate one, you are going to get one result. If you stimulate two or more simultaneously, be prepared to be surprised.
So how does this applies to Table Topics?
This link is full if great Table Topic ideas, so basically what I did was combine two of the ideas I found here. I gave a scenario, posed a question (linguistic intelligence) and added the unknown variable of having to use your sense of touch (bodily-kinesthetic intelligence) to get an object out of the bag without looking. This object became the core of the impromptu speeches.

The result was great fun (especially form me!) and we got to hear some really creative responses from our club members.Club president

Here are some of the questions I used for this exercise including an introduction and the objects that people pulled out of my magical bag.

When I received the email to participate in this meeting I was thinking a lot about creativity and how to be more creative for myself, to branch out my business and to make better food. Then when Teresa sent me a message asking me what was my favorite toy when I was a child, it really got me thinking about the following questions. In your opinion, who are more creative, children or adults? I think usually children because they are not afraid to say what they think, or to use their imagination to create scenarios where the impossible could be real. Today I’m going to ask you to be like a child. Free up your imagination and let yourself be creative, even if what you say is totally crazy, because believe me, you’ll have no choice.

TableTopics are design to teach how to improvise, to be a quick thinker, and whenever possible to provide an answer of at least 1 minute with a structure, that is, with a beginning, middle and end.

The rules are the following. First I’m going to read the question. Then you’re going to reach into the bag without looking. And then I’m going to repeat the question again.

 

Imagine that you are the object you have just pulled out of the bag. Describe your life to us and tell us why it is great to be you. tennis ball

The object you just pulled out comes from very far away and despite its humble appearance, it is very special because it has magical powers. What are those magical powers? What awesome things can it do?

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Imagine that you are a powerful genie, like the one in Aladdin and king asks you for the most amazing object in the known world. When you make the object appear, the king looks confused and disappointed. Explain to him why this is the most amazing object in the known world.

paraguas

The object you have in your hands used to be a politician. But he/she did something very shameful and a powerful sorcerer punished him/her by turning him into what you see right now. Please tell us what happened.

tijeras

 

You have just won a Nobel Prize because of the object you got from the bag. You are in a press conference surrounded by journalists from around the world and they want to know how you won.

manzana

 

Happy Table Topics!

Speech 7, Research Your Topic.

The Toastmasters International Competent Communication Manual states the following objectives  for project 7:

Your speech will be more effective if you can support your main points with statistics, testimony, stories, anecdotes, examples, visual aids and facts.You can find this material on the Internet, at the library and in other places.

Use information collected from numerous sources and carefully support points with specific facts, examples and illustrations, rather than with just your own opinions.

Objectives:

  • Collect information about your topic from numerous sources.
  • Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research.

Time: Five to seven minutes

In  my personal opinion, the biggest challenge for this speech is not so much to research and get lots of support but to make the right choice of the things you can say in 5-7 minutes.

When I first started preparing for this speech, I decided to researcha  topic that fascinated me but didn’t know much about. However as time went by, I saw myself with a collection of fascinating information that would allow me to speak for at least an hour.

When the deadline was coming up I decided that this approach was not getting me anywhere and I took a radical turn. Instead of talking about something I didn’t know much about (although by now, I sure did!) I decided to talk about something that I do know a lot about (I’ve even made a speech in Spanish about it before).

The result was mostly positive. I felt very comfortable with the information and since I had saved my sources I just had to go back and re-work with existing material. This in turn allowed me add an extra objective to my speech, which was how to add lightness and humor to a topic that can be difficult to talk about. During the meeting I felt very much at ease, my memory worked better than usual, and according to my evaluator, I fulfilled the objectives.

However, there was one very important lesson I learned that I could have done better. According to my evaluator and to several feedback forms, I gave too much information for the audience to retain. This reminded my that really, when you are preparing a speech, you have to think of your audience, and on how your message will carry to them. This is a point I will definitely keep in mind for next time.

 

Día de los Muertos

SkullOnce upon a time there was a little green skull that was lost. It was trying to find a Day of the Dead altar, but it didn’t know what that was. It was so scared and confused with all the mummies and witches and vampires that it started to feel that perhaps this altar was part of a Halloween party, Mexican style, with mariachis and tequila. So the little guy wandered about and about until it stopped and asked the question:

What is the Day of the Dead?

Dear Toastmaster, fellow TM and friends, the Day of the Dead is not Halloween Mexican-style. In fact in 2003 it was proclaimed Master Piece of UNESCO’s  list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Why? Because this heritage is alive today, it is very widespread among indigenous communities; it is one of the oldest cultural manifestations in Mexico. And people gather regularly to express this tradition through literature, music, dance, rituals, and art crafts.

The little green skull was now curious about the history of this festivity. After all it had  to be very, very old like itself  (or it wouldn’t be a skull). This festivity already existed before the Spanish Conquest. Back then the ritual calendar dedicated two months out of every year to the cult of the dead (yes, two entire months!). One month was devoted to children and the other month to adults that had passed away. Later on with the arrival of Catholicism, these two months of celebration were condensed in two days, November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

From a philosophical point of view, the Day of the Dead a point of encounter between the inhabitants of this earth and their ancestors, but it is also a meeting space for families or even entire communities both rural and urban. And it has a very relevant role: it is a party that marks the transition between scarcity and abundance.  The first harvest of corn and squash happens precisely at the end of October and beginning of November, and those two were some of the main food crops of those civilizations. So it is therefore perfect time to remember the ancestors and thank them for having helped to get a plentiful harvest.

A key element of this festivity is precisely the famous altar, which is what the little green skull was looking for. It is common to find altars at home but also in public spaces. For an altar to be complete, it has to include 10 elements.

1)      A picture of the deceased. This can be a photo or a painting of the person you are paying homage to.

2)      You need candles. They are a religious symbol as well as a representation of the element of fire.

3)      Flowers. There is a type of yellow-orange marigold that grows in Mexico this time of the year called “cempazuchitl”. It is believed that the smell and the color of these flowers help guide the souls so they can find their former home and get to the altar.

4)      Salt. Salt represents purification.

5)      Incense or copal. Copal is a resin that has been used in ceremonies and rituals  in Mexico since very ancient times because it is a symbol of prayer.

6)      The sixth element is called papel picado. You take some brightly colored tissue paper and cut it out in geometrical and artistic shapes. These paper banners represent the element of AIR, because they are so light, that they can wave with the wind.

7)      Next on the list we have fruit. Fruit is important because it represents EARTH, and next to earth water has to be represented. You can simply place a glass of water on your altar and thus you would have the four elements.

8)      Moving down the list, we have the traditional “Calaveras” or skulls, so that’s where you come in my little green friend. Normally, they are made out of sugar or chocolate and it has a person’s name on the forehead. People give it to each other as a sweet reminder that we are all going to end up the same way. It is considered a nice gift and not a bad omen by any means.

9)      Food and drink. Normally people prepare the favorite dishes of their loved ones because it is believed that this food will give the soul the strength it needs to reach the altar and to make its way back to “the other side”.

10)   The last item present on an altar is usually a religious object, such as a crucifix, a rosary or the image of a virgin or saint.

If you want to see a Day of the Dead altar in Madrid you can visit the Museo de América, the Mexican Embassy or in some Mexican restaurants like the one on Calle Libertad or on Calle Fuencarral. For now I’m taking my little green skull to my personal altar at home.