By Amanda Oulette

The Public Speaking Colloquium (PSC) has earned its way into being a Bryant University tradition and this spring will be the 9th annual event. For the past eight years, the PSC has provided a spotlight for some of Bryant’s best public speakers and you could be one of them as applications are now open for this academic year.

The PSC was established to prepare Bryant students for the workforce by developing their presentation skills. Companies hiring Bryant students have taken a special interest in those who participate in the PSC. As a result, the program continues to grow, providing critical feedback to Bryant students looking to improve their speaking skills as they embark on the job search.

Over $3000 in prizes will be awarded to this year’s top three speakers. The competition consists of 50 preliminary round contestants who each deliver a three-minute speech. From that pool, the top six students compete at the main event, delivering a five-minute speech. The winner will walk away with a check for $2,000!!!! There is also a chance for audience members to win a variety of raffle prizes which, in past years, have ranged from smartphones to iPads.

The PSC each year draws over 50 participants and around 200 audience members. This event has been covered by media outlets such as Providence Business News and the Rhode Show. Feedback is provided to participants by judges who are experts in the field. The Public Speaking Colloquium has produced some of Bryant’s most successful business professionals such as Jose Batista. Batista graduated in 2011 and currently works as an immigration attorney. He participated in the PSC for two years while he was at Bryant. He, like other former students, often return to Bryant to judge the PSC as well as lecture in Communication classes.

Batista believes that the Public Speaking Colloquium is a great event at Bryant because it helps students find and explore their passions by allowing them to speak about topics of interest to them. Jose also stated that communication is one of the most essential skills in post grad life and the Colloquium gives students the opportunity to develop that skill. He “wishes this event was mandatory for all students because public speaking and communication skills are universally important”. The Public Speaking Colloquium provides skills to students that are essential both professionally and personally. The freedom of choosing your own topic and presenting to skilled judges who are there to provide constructive feedback, is an optimal environment to gain communication skills for the future.

The Public Speaking Colloquium is organized by the Department of Communication and applications can be obtained by contacting Susan Baran (subaran@bryant.edu) or Julie Volkman (jvolkman@bryant.edu). Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2018. The PSC will be held on Monday, April 9th at 7:00pm in Bello Grand Hall and the preliminary round will be conducted in the Koffler TV studio throughout the day on Friday, April 6th. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and apply for the PSC today! The Public Speaking Colloquium (PSC) has earned its way into being a Bryant University tradition and this spring will be the 9th annual event. For the past eight years, the PSC has provided a spotlight for some of Bryant’s best public speakers and you could be one of them as applications are now open for this academic year.

The PSC was established to prepare Bryant students for the workforce by developing their presentation skills. Companies hiring Bryant students have taken a special interest in those who participate in the PSC. As a result, the program continues to grow, providing critical feedback to Bryant students looking to improve their speaking skills as they embark on the job search.

Over $3000 in prizes will be awarded to this year’s top three speakers. The competition consists of 50 preliminary round contestants who each deliver a three-minute speech. From that pool, the top six students compete at the main event, delivering a five-minute speech. The winner will walk away with a check for $2,000!!!! There is also a chance for audience members to win a variety of raffle prizes which, in past years, have ranged from smartphones to iPads.

The PSC each year draws over 50 participants and around 200 audience members. This event has been covered by media outlets such as Providence Business News and the Rhode Show. Feedback is provided to participants by judges who are experts in the field. The Public Speaking Colloquium has produced some of Bryant’s most successful business professionals such as Jose Batista. Batista graduated in 2011 and currently works as an immigration attorney. He participated in the PSC for two years while he was at Bryant. He, like other former students, often return to Bryant to judge the PSC as well as lecture in Communication classes.

Batista believes that the Public Speaking Colloquium is a great event at Bryant because it helps students find and explore their passions by allowing them to speak about topics of interest to them. Jose also stated that communication is one of the essential skills in post-grad life and the Colloquium gives students the opportunity to develop that skill. He “wishes this event was mandatory for all students because public speaking and communication skills are universally important”. The Public Speaking Colloquium provides skills to students that are essential both professionally and personally. The freedom of choosing your own topic and presenting to skilled judges who are there to provide constructive feedback is an optimal environment to gain communication skills for the future.

The Public Speaking Colloquium is organized by the Department of Communication and applications can be obtained by contacting Susan Baran (subaran@bryant.edu) or Julie Volkman (jvolkman@bryant.edu). Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2018. The PSC will be held on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 pm in Bello Grand Hall and the preliminary round will be conducted in the Koffler TV studio throughout the day on Friday, April 6th. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and apply for the PSC today!

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