Seneca College Corporate Communications Program

March 13, 2012 14:49 ET

Speeches on the GO: Seneca College Students Speak out on the Challenges Faced by Their Generation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2012) - Seneca College Corporate Communication students will be taking their class down the Lakeshore as they practice their public speaking with a series of speeches on the GO's commuter trains, speaking on the topic of "My Generation." Given the diversity in age and background of the class, this gives them plenty to talk about.

This group of students is not afraid to be heard. "I'm really excited," said Perry Ge, a former debater on the Hong Kong national team, "Public speaking is something I really enjoy and I like that we can actually practice it in public places."

The students' speeches range in tone from serious to light-hearted, grim to optimistic. Andréa Giroux, one of the organizers for the event, thinks it will be a good experience. "I think our class has a lot to say. We read all the time about our generation, but rarely are we given the chance to actually speak for ourselves."

Delivering speeches on the GO trains is just one of the many unconventional teaching methods used by David Turnbull, the instructor of the class. This same class has given speeches in the freezing cold, in a greenhouse garden, in a crowded cafeteria, in Union Station at rush hour and at the bottom of a busy stairwell. He wants to replicate real world conditions where communicators can be expected to speak anytime and anywhere.

The GO speeches are part of a public speaking class in the corporate communications and public relations program offered by Seneca College out of their Seneca@York campus. Graduating this May, this is the first in a set of graded speeches, ratcheting up the pressure -- as if speaking in front of a crowded GO train full of strangers was not pressure enough.

Speech Presentation Locations
Lakeshore West GO Train
8:46 a.m. Union Station to Burlington GO
9:41 a.m. Arrive at Burlington GO
10:10 a.m. Burlington GO to Union Station
11:11 a.m. Arrive at Union Station
Lakeshore East GO Train
12:13 p.m. Union Station to Oshawa GO
1:11 p.m. Arrive at Oshawa GO
1:38 p.m. Oshawa GO to Union Station
2:41 p.m. Arrive at Union Station

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