Andy Kowalski tells us how he has developed his public speaking skills

Andy Kowalski tells us how he has developed his public speaking skills

Andy Kowalski tells us how he has developed his public speaking skills

One of the ways we technologists, technicians
and scientists can communicate our views on
subjects which are dear to our hearts, and which will
benefit others, is by speaking at events and giving
presentations. This can be delivered in a number of
different ways such as via PowerPoint presentation or a
formal prepared talk, and it is usually aimed at getting
your point across to a dedicated audience.
I felt that in my job as STEM Coach and Mentor I could
be addressing not just individuals but also much wider
and bigger audiences.
I enrolled on a programme to develop my presentation
skills after seeing a stall outside a community centre
in Loughborough, where I live, for a local Speakers
Club. Part of that programme, to learn the basics, was
to attend a number of presentations prepared by
seasoned speakers. In January, February & May of this
year I delivered some of my own talks on topical items.
Each speech of my presentations had an introduction,
a main body and a conclusion.
Some of my talks that may be of interest to IST
members are those that I did on the importance of
doing Safety Risk Assessments in the workplace, and
the consequences of not doing them, or when they are
not available, simply missing!
I also delivered a presentation on the work that I
currently do, where I outlined coaching and mentor
origins from Anglo-Saxon times, how coaching and
mentoring helped me as an individual and how I now
use it to help unlock people’s potential. I also talked
about the International scope of my work, and found
that my audience was surprised to learn that a large
percentage came from African states, India and
Pakistan. I am a referred Mentor by the Royal Society
of Chemistry (RSC) and have two Mentees, one in
Cameroon and the other in Uganda.
My talk was reported in the local press, and I had very
good feedback from the programme’s speech assessor.
Developing my public speaking skills has really helped
me to convey my message at recently held local
networking events.