Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking
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CTA. 2000. Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking?. Spore 90. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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series of training seminars organised by CTA in Cape Verde in September, and in Mali, Namibia and Uganda in November 2000
Ever noticed how a lot of English-speaking people try to start a speech with a joke? And French-speaking people with a wee speech, about their speech? Or how people who do not hold their notes get listened to more? And how speakers who believe in their subject and know it well get more respect, while the over-passionate lose the audience s attention fast, just like the under-believers? Speaking well in public is apparently a birthright for a blessed few, but for many of us and not just novices it can be a nerve-racking event. Important too, because making speeches and presentations in public is becoming more frequent, as openness, participation and democracy grow and flourish. With the intensity and volume - in all senses - of public debate growing, it is essential for stakeholders in agricultural communities in ACP countries to stand up and be heard and heeded, and no longer just stand up and be counted. In particular, in the emerging pattern of multi-party stakeholder dialogues , where governments, private sector and non-governmental and civil society bodies come together, the positions of farmers organisations, women s groups and innovators need to be presented properly. These have been the key issues handled in a recent series of training seminars organised by CTA in Cape Verde in September, and in Mali, Namibia and Uganda in November 2000. The first seminar was for 20 women leaders of farmers groups and NGOs in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé e Principe. Co-organised by CTA and CFA-INIDA, the Cape Verdian agricultural training centre, the week-long seminar covered the art of advocacy in a changing environment, public speaking, and interviews with radio and television. Similar sessions are planned in 2001 in the Central African Republic, Jamaica, Madagascar and Nigeria. These seminars follow an earlier CTA programme to enhance the communication skills of leaders of agricultural research bodies.