Workshop Wrap-up Report
Date: 16 – 17 May 2015
Facilitators: Amanda Gicharu & Arnold Kemoli
The Find Your Voice (FYV): Effective Pitching Workshop aims to equip participants with the tools necessary to present highly professional and effective pitches.
The main goals of the FYV program were to provide Technovation students with the necessary skillset to:
- Overcome the nervousness everyone feels when speaking before an audience.
- Organize and present ideas logically and convincingly.
- Offer advice that will help others improve their speaking and leadership skills.
Increase self-confidence and best of all, have fun while learning.
The training covered the following topics:
- Fundamentals of public speaking
- Organizing your speech: The art of story telling
- Gestures in speaking
- Pitch crafting exercises
The training was a success. As a result, the students were able to create effective pitches and present them to an audience in an organized and articulate manner. Students also exhibited an increase in confidence in public speaking. Furthermore, the students and mentors utilized lessons learned to constructively critique presentations and propose solutions in areas of improvement.
LEARNINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS (1):
- Venue: There was confusion regarding venue allocation at the Micheal Joseph Centre. The venue was booked from 8pm to 12pm for FYV Program and it was allocated to another event in the afternoon. However, the afternoon booking was canceled, therefore making the venue available for FYV. It is recommended that matters regarding the venue should be finalized much earlier to avoid confusion.
- Catering: The caterers did not have enough food for all the FYV participants. It is recommended that the caterers should be briefed in advance to provide food for capacity plus extra servings. The caterers should also be briefed on an efficient way of serving food in order to avoid queuing delays.
LEARNINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS (2):
- Mentors: The mentors in Nairobi arrived very late for the event. They did not provide any assistance in running the event. They also did not seem to be involved in the student’s development. However in Mombasa, the mentors were involved in running the program and in the student’s coaching and development. Tech Republic recommends that WIT should be more strict in selection of the mentors in Nairobi.
- FVP Duration: It was also recommended that the Find Your Voice™ program should run for two days. This will give the students a chance to learn, practice and improve on the skills learned during the workshop.
- Technical Training’s: Based on the feedback from the presentation, it is clear that the students require further technical training to improve their application development skills and business models. Tech Republic can offer support in this area.