In just one day, dive deep into the art and heart of public speaking with our SPEAK with CONFIDENCE workshop. Whether you’re battling butterflies before addressing a room or looking to captivate every listener with genuine conviction, we’re here to guide you.

  • Self-awareness & Storytelling – Uncover your unique voice.
  • Preparation & Practice – Harness the power of readiness.
  • Engage & Embody – Connect with every audience member.
  • Articulate & Adapt – Convey with clarity, pivot with poise.
  • Keep Growing & Knowing Your Audience – A lifelong journey of refined rhetoric.

Step onto the stage with newfound confidence. Transform your fear into fuel. SPEAK and let your voice be heard!

Students who fear public speaking miss many opportunities.

Many students, brimming with talent and potential, let golden opportunities slip away because of one overwhelming fear: public speaking.

This fear isn’t just about standing on a stage; it’s about voicing ideas, defending opinions, and sharing knowledge.

By avoiding public speaking, students often miss out on scholarships, leadership roles, and networking events.

More than just academic and career setbacks, this avoidance can erode self-confidence and limit personal growth.

Every time they choose silence over standing up and delivering, they reinforce the false belief that their voice doesn’t matter.

But here’s the truth: every voice, including yours, holds power and value. Don’t let fear mute your potential. Embrace public speaking, seize opportunities, and let your voice be heard.

Story #1.

Rain drummed on the classroom windows, mirroring the rapid heartbeat that echoed in Emily’s chest. She sat at her desk, a sea of faces blurred in front of her. Her professor had just announced, “Class, we’ll be having group presentations next week.”

A collective murmur washed over the room, but Emily’s world was silent except for one insistent thought: I’m not cut out for this.

Beside her, Jake, a classmate, leaned in, excitement evident in his voice, “Hey, Em! We should partner up. I’ve got some ideas.”

She hesitated, then replied, “Jake, I’m not sure… I mean, people are born speakers, right? I’m just… not one of them.”

Jake raised an eyebrow. “Born speakers? Come on, Em. Everyone gets nervous.”

Emily sighed, “You’ve seen me before, Jake. I get all tongue-tied, and I freeze. It’s like I have this belief that I’m not a natural, so I’ll never be good at it.”

Jake rested his chin on his hand, “Em, think about it. Were you a ‘natural’ when you first tried riding a bike or baking? You practiced, fell, learned, and eventually got better. Speaking’s just another skill.”

The weight of missed opportunities pressed down on Emily — times she’d opted out of class debates, group discussions, even social gatherings. Every time, she told herself she wasn’t “born with it.” It wasn’t just about grades; it was about the countless chances to voice her thoughts, share her ideas, and make an impact.

She met Jake’s gaze, her voice wavering but determined, “Okay, let’s do this. But you’ll have to bear with me.”

Jake grinned, “That’s the spirit. Remember, it’s not about being a born speaker, but becoming one.”

Many students like Emily hold back from opportunities because they believe they lack an innate talent.

Story #2.

Rafael stood under a tree, his sketchbook filled with drawings of the university’s famous landmarks. He was a gifted artist, known for capturing the heart and soul of UPLB in his artwork. But when it came to speaking about his passion, words eluded him.

“Rafa!” A cheerful voice called out. It was Liza, a journalism student. “I saw your latest sketches on Instagram! The student council is hosting an art exhibit next week, and you should totally present.”

He cringed at the thought. “Me? Speak in front of people? I’d rather face a real carabao!”

Liza chuckled, “Oh come on! It’s just like explaining your sketches to me or any of our friends.”

Rafael shook his head, “That’s different, Liza. When I speak to many people, I feel like they judge every word, every stutter. I mean, if I mess up, everyone will remember, right?”

Liza sat down beside him, looking thoughtful. “You know, Rafa, we’re in UPLB. We have that huge carabao statue reminding us every day of perseverance and hard work. Think about it. The carabao doesn’t become strong overnight. And neither will you. But avoiding the field won’t help either.”

He pondered Liza’s words. All around him, he saw fellow students engaging, debating, presenting — growing. He realized his fear was less about being remembered for a mistake and more about the opportunities he was forgetting by not trying.

Taking a deep breath, he said, “Okay, Liza. Sign me up. But promise me you’ll be there, front and center, okay?”

She smiled, “Deal. And trust me, everyone will remember your passion, not a minor stutter.”

Story #3

In the heart of the college cafeteria, students buzzed with excitement. Flyers announcing the annual scholarship for a summer exchange program in Europe covered the notice boards.

Marco sat at a corner table, his eyes fixed on a flyer. The program was perfect for him — studying European architecture, his dream! But there was one catch: applicants had to present their vision to a panel.

His friend Mia slid into the seat opposite him, her eyes shining. “Have you seen this, Marco? It’s perfect for you!”

He shrugged, avoiding her gaze. “Yeah, but you have to…you know, speak.”

Mia frowned, “So? You’ve got the passion and the talent. Why not?”

Marco sighed, “I’m scared. What if I choke? What if they laugh? I just… I can’t face that.”

She leaned in, trying to reassure him. “Marco, everyone gets nervous. But imagine the doors this opportunity could open!”

He hesitated, the weight of his dream pressing down, but his fear held him back. “I think… I think I’ll pass this year.”

Time sped by, and the scholarship went to another student. That summer, as Marco scrolled through photos of grand European castles and intricate designs, a pang of regret pierced through him.

Months later, Mia mentioned the scholarship recipient’s success in Europe. “He’s made so many connections, Marco. Learned so much. Imagine if…”

Marco cut her off, “I know, Mia. I know.”

A chance to live his dream had slipped through his fingers, all because he chose silence over speaking up.

You can speak with confidence!

Public speaking isn’t an innate talent; it’s a skill, and like any skill, it can be learned.

Think about it: wasn’t there a time when even riding a bike felt impossible? With practice and guidance, you conquered that.

Speaking is no different. By mastering the art of communication, doors open wide. Confident speakers often find themselves at the forefront of leadership roles, snagging prime job offers, and forming influential connections.

They not only inform but inspire, leaving lasting impressions.

The world thrives on communication, and those who can articulate their ideas clearly hold the reins of opportunity.

So, take the leap, practice, and unlock a world of endless potential. Public speaking is your key; dare to use it.

Story #4

From his well-lit room in his European apartment, Adrian connected with hundreds of eager Filipino students, their faces pixelated but anticipation evident in their eyes.

“Magandang araw sa inyong lahat!” Adrian greeted warmly. Virtual applause and messages flooded in.

Bianca, the student moderator, popped onto the screen. “Adrian, everyone’s curious. How did a guy from our university end up in such a prestigious role in Europe?”

Adrian chuckled. “Well, Bianca, it wasn’t a straight path. But if I had to pinpoint a major turning point, it’d be public speaking.”

Gasps and murmurs echoed in the virtual space. Adrian continued, “Yes, you heard right. But let me be clear—it wasn’t an easy journey.”

Flashback to his college days: Adrian remembered standing at the podium, his hands shaking, voice quivering, and the embarrassment of forgetting his lines. The initial attempts after joining the ‘Speak with Confidence’ workshop were rocky.

“Many think that after attending one workshop, they’ll become eloquent speakers overnight,” Adrian shared. “But in reality, for me, it meant stumbling, facing ridicule, and nights spent questioning if I was cut out for it.”

Bianca looked surprised, “So, what kept you going?”

He smiled, thinking back to those challenging days. “It was a combination of the workshop’s practical and easy-to-understand lessons and a personal desire to overcome obstacles. Every setback was a lesson. Every critique, a chance to refine.”

Adrian reminisced about his game-changing opportunity: the job interview in Europe. “They were impressed with my credentials, but what sealed the deal was my presentation. The panel saw not just my skills, but the confidence and conviction behind my words.”

He leaned into the camera, “My journey with public speaking taught me perseverance. Each time you fall, rise with double the determination. Your voice is powerful, and the world needs to hear it.”

Bianca nodded, inspired. “Adrian, your story is proof that facing our fears head-on can lead to unimaginable successes.”

“Exactly,” Adrian affirmed, “Embrace challenges, refine your skills, and most importantly, believe in yourself. The world is waiting for your story.”

Bring “Speak with Confidence” to Your College!

Ever watched someone captivate a room with their words? Wished your students could do the same?

The “Speak with Confidence” workshop is your answer!

We’ve helped countless individuals transform from nervous talkers to confident communicators. But why keep it a secret?

Let’s bring this immersive learning experience to your college. Equip your students with a skill that’ll benefit them for life. Don’t let fear hold them back.

Instead, empower them to voice their ideas, inspire others, and lead with assurance. Join us in making confident speaking the norm, not the exception. Bring “Speak with Confidence” to your college today!

Jef Menguin

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