The skills inherent in Public Speaking are highly valued at St Patrick’s College. We believe that the ability to speak confidently and persuasively to groups of people is an important skill which can translate to success in many areas of life. Some of the reasons for this include:
- By learning how to effectively speak in public, you'll be able to increase your own self-confidence. By enabling yourself to master this difficult skill you'll have the confidence that you need to meet and greet future challenges.
- Public speaking regularly (and well) helps to make you more comfortable around other people, including strangers.
- Public speaking will help fine-tune your everyday verbal and non-verbal communication skills. It's important because at some point in life, just about everyone will be required to involve themselves in one type of public speaking or another. Accepting this fact quickly and preparing for it accordingly will help you be a step ahead of your competition at work, home and around town!
- Public speaking ability is a true career booster. In fact, both undergraduate and graduate Business School Alumni, placed oral communication at the top of a list of skills that were relevant to overall job success.
- Using public speaking effectively will allow you to make a difference in your business, community and perhaps even the world. By sharing your information with others, you're better able to increase the impact of your hopes, dreams, desires and goals for your life and the world around you.
- Public speaking is often a powerful way to make a good impression on others and to help bridge gaps in understanding, cooperation and set goals and objectives.
- The skills you'll glean by learning the art of public speaking can boost your performance and value in just about any arena - home, office or life at large.
St Patrick’s students are encouraged to participate in this activity at a variety of levels. Debating and Public Speaking are contested within the College with Junior, Intermediate and Senior competitions staged in conjunction with Inter-house events and our College Open Day. Students in the Junior School can compete in the Brisbane Independent School (BIS) Competition. Secondary students regularly compete in competitions including, but not limited to, “Lions Youth of the Year”, Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition and the Plain English Speaking Award.