Amusing stories are ice-breakers

S. Aishwarya

Students urged to use them

TIRUCHI: An undergraduate student camps at a mountain along with a postdoctoral research scholar. They pitch a tent near a tree and retire for bed. Some hours later, the student wakes up the research scholar, asking him to look up and see the sky above them. “What does that tell you?” the undergraduate lad asks him.

With an air of excitement, the scholar begins his description: “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.” He pauses for a minute and asks the same to the undergraduate student. Pondering for a while, he says, “All it tells me is that someone has stolen our tent.”

This story is the kick-starter for ‘Ice breakers and Energisers,’ the fifth module on ‘Public Speaking’ held at St. James Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Tiruchi.

All the modules of the theme begin either with a story or anecdote to kindle students’ interest. Anecdotes and stories were potential ice breakers when one begins a presentation.

While the initial part of the presentation depend on such ice breakers, audio and visual elements were mandatory to sustain the interest of the audience.

The session dealt with introduction to the audio and video equipment used during public speaking.

Stories and technical equipment, the students were told, could help the speaker put across their points effortlessly.

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