Panel Info
Unique IDSU0235
Application Details
Entrant Club(s):U-CAN-SPEAK Toastmasters
Entry completed by:Kate Wislang
Club Role:Vice President of Membership
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Category SelectionReminder that events and initiatives must have occurred in the eligible period: 7 September 2020 to 12 September 2021
Which category is this nomination for?Best New Initiative or Event 2021
Name of event or initiative:Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Workshop
Brief overview of the event or initiative:

In the run-up to this year’s three-minute thesis (3MT) competition, U-CAN-SPEAK Toastmasters organised a workshop for UC postgrads. Previous winners of the 3MT competition spoke on their experiences, Sam Treceno and Morgan Tracey. How to convey passion? How to be understood? How to improve a 3MT speech further?

What were the aims of the event or initiative?

The event was designed to educate the audience on how to deliver an effective and competitive 3-minute speech, but also more generally any other academic presentation. It was a cool and exciting event; the audience learnt proven tips on how to overcome the fear and nervousness of public speaking that most people have. We were particularly happy that we could create such a welcoming low-stress environment that even postgrads who never visited our club before volunteered to present their presentation in front of the audience. They received helpful and constructive feedback from our invited speakers Sam and Morgan.

How did you make it happen?

The event was run in cooperation with the PGSA. Our clubs’ executive committees are in regular contact with each other to find out about topics of interest to both clubs, which includes the 3MT competition. Our club members had contacted college and department representatives to find out about qualified speakers that can contribute to the event. Morgan had placed third in the UC finals last year and Sam had even represented our university in the Asia-Pacific semi-finals. The PGSA also helped to advertise the club through their social media platform to garner more interest in the event.

How did you make it better?

U-CAN-SPEAK Toastmasters run student workshops on a regular basis, approximately once every quarter. Interactive elements have always been the most engaging and effective, which is why we invited all UC postgrads to practice their 3MT presentation in front of our audience that night with expert feedback from the invited past winners. This part showcased how to implement the theoretical tips in actual 3MT talks. Everyone, presenters and the audience, took home helpful advice. We are particularly proud that Peng Sun and Kate Wislang, who both presented their speeches, placed 1st and 2nd in their department finals, respectfully.

How did you show your commitment to sustainability?

Sam Treceno is meanwhile located in Wellington. To avoid air travel, we connected Sam through Zoom. As a purely educational speaking event, there is no other significant environmental footprint.

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