Seneca College - Corporate Communications Program

March 23, 2009 10:37 ET

Seneca Students Showcase Talent by Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drum

Students from Seneca to Conduct Public Speaking Class Live at the original Speaker's Corner Friday, March 27

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) - Students from Seneca College's Corporate Communications post-graduate program will deliver speeches for their public speaking class, live, at the original Speaker's Corner, located at the south west corner of Nathan Phillips Square, in front of the Winston Churchill statue in Toronto. Students will be required to attend class, rain or shine, on Friday, March 27 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. This opportunity will demonstrate to students the importance of being prepared for the unexpected challenges they may experience in the 'real' world.

"Students don't learn about public speaking in the privacy of a classroom. They learn public speaking in public," says David Turnbull, professor at Seneca College. "I feel it's necessary for students to learn how to adapt and work under pressure in different environments, to succeed on the job."

Turnbull often throws his students "curve balls" to test if they can deliver effective speeches, even when things do not go according to plan. Conducting presentations in the halls of Seneca College, Allan Gardens Conservatory, St. Lawrence Market, Union Station, and now Speaker's Corner, students are forced to face uncomfortable situations in the hopes of learning to rise above them. The original Speaker's Corner is a prime location for this event since it was installed in 1988 with the hope of promoting free speech in Toronto.

"The theme for the speeches will be, simply, music," says Corporate Communications student and MC for the event, Devinder Lamsar. "I believe music cuts across all lines as it's something everyone can relate to, regardless of age, race, gender or class."

Students will have the freedom to speak about any topic in relation to music. They can write about any genre, any artist, anything - the freedom is all theirs. Bonus points will be awarded to those students who 'dress the part' or use presentational aids to help convey their key messages in a memorable way.

Corporate Communications students are required to complete a public -speaking course to prepare them for the demands of the public relations industry. Potential employers will be pleased that Seneca's PR graduates have key public speaking skills and experience to add value in a professional environment. With graduation just a few weeks away, the best and brightest of Seneca's Corporate Communications program are available for hiring.

By marching to the beat of their own drum, students will surely capture the ears and hearts of bystanders while delivering their speeches.

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More students choose Seneca than any other college in Canada. With eight campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca provides internationally and nationally recognized polytechnic education, training and pathways key to graduate career success in the global economy. Every Seneca diploma, certificate and degree program is developed to a high academic standard, in consultation with industry, integrated with information technology, combined with technical and transferable skills, and reinforced for ongoing education and re-training. www.senecac.on.ca

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