Speaking in public: Stéphane De Freitas, director of the film "A voix haute: La Force de la parole" gives advice to Montpellier Business School students
Develop your soft skills and learn to express yourself in public
Last week was punctuated by the Work me up program of the Montpellier Business School Career Centre, an accompanying action whose goal is to develop students’ soft skills. “Empathy, stress management, cognitive flexibility, or the ability to step back are qualities that allow today’s candidate to differentiate themselves during an interview,” explains Laurence Flinois, Director of the Career Centre at Montpellier Business School.
During this program, students from the Grande Ecole Program had the opportunity to exchange with Stéphane De Freitas, director of the film “À voix haute: La Force de la parole” and designer of Eloquencia, a public expression program during which candidates are offered a training and a contest in “eloquence”. “The goal is to teach students to market themselves in a pitch “, says Laurence Flinois.
The three steps to speak in public
After confronting the student with the difficulty of speaking in front of an entire amphitheatre, Stéphane De Freitas was able to deliver the three stages of understanding the art of eloquence. “The first step is to accept the feeling caused by the duty to speak in public: anxiety, excitement, frustration … This very negative feeling is a weapon, it initiates the process of sincerity.”
“The second step is the structuring of the speech. If we do not know where we are going, we get lost in our words. The structure supports a strong argument. Finally, the last step is verbalization. Here, the advice is simple: you have to use your own words, your own vocabulary. Everyone has a voice, everyone has their own words, and it is this verbalization that will make your identity and therefore the difference. “
The eloquence to learn how to present your projects to an audience
Stéphane De Freitas gave some advice to students to learn how to pitch a project in front of an audience. “The body is a real support for dialogue. The hands can be an asset to punctuate our words. If one chooses to describe a thought process, it may be interesting to move from right to left on the platform, provided that breaks are made. These are the little rules that can make the difference. “
Having become an important stage in secondary education, eloquence also lives on the campus of Montpellier Business School thanks to the students of the association club Apostrophe, where you can soon follow some interesting debates.