APALSA Asian Pacific American Law Students Assn logoMark your calendars for this Saturday, April 5, when the first annual banquet of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) of Arizona Summit Law School will be held.

The event is open to all, and proceeds will go toward scholarships for the ASU Asian LEAD Academy.

Here are some details:

  • Location: Arizona Summit Law School, 20th Floor- 1 North Central Phoenix, Arizona 85004
  • Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: $15 pre-sale, $20 door

To purchase a ticket, email Larry Noyvong here: llnoyvong@student.azsummitlaw.edu

Here is a link to the ASU Asian Pacific Lead Academy. I have written about the great program and its results here.

There is a Facebook page for the event. And be sure to follow the Summit Law School’s APALSA organization here.

Thanks, to Vicente Reid Y Lugto, APALSA President, Arizona Summit Law School, for the detail and the invite.

APALSA banquet date 2014

What advice would you give high school students who must stand and deliver behind a microphone?

What advice would you give high school students who must stand and deliver behind a microphone?

I know this will be a relief to you, but there is still time for you to lend me a hand.

As you read this, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on what I aim to be a great presentation on public speaking. At least, it will be that with your assistance.

My mission: Present to a group of high school leaders at an ASU leadership event. I presented there last year, and, given the shortness of memory, they have invited me to return.

The group I’ll be addressing is comprised of high school students. They will be participating in something called the Asian LEAD Academy (co-sponsored by the Arizona Asian American Bar Association). You can read more about the program here.

Before I presented last year, I asked folks what public speaking advice they’d offer. I ended up getting some great responses, which I shamelessly stole and wove into my presentation.

This year, my part of the leadership program is an hour and a half. 90 minutes. 9. 0. Help a fellow out.

So I restate my queries to you that to which so many readers responded:

  • What is your strongest piece of advice for someone who is hesitant to speak in front of a group?
  • What was your biggest obstacle to public speaking, and how did you overcome it?
  • What is your worst public speaking disaster story? And were you able to right that capsizing ship, or to learn something from the experience?

And I add one question:

  • What format works best to convey public speaking lessons?

Thanks! I will report back on the lessons that I—and the students—learned.

On Wednesday, I was asked to present next week on the topic of public speaking. Because I am foolish and enjoy getting out of the office, I said yes.

Upon reflection, however, it occurs to me that I could use your help. But first, some background on this Change of Venue Friday.

The group I will address next Tuesday will be comprised of high school students. So right off the bat, you know that they will be attentive to the musings of a middle-aged magazine editor. (Here’s hoping they even know what print publications are.)

I have some confidence about my audience, though, having had the chance to meet their cohorts last year in something called the Asian LEAD Academy, hosted by ASU. You can read more about the program here.

And last July, I wrote about the group’s work putting on a mock trial at the Phoenix Municipal Court. They were terrific.

So I suspect these will be great kids. But delivering an hour-long program on public speaking? Hmmm.

Public speaking is one of those things I’ve done a lot, but never taught about. But maybe I can draw on some experience I had this past month. In early April, I was tapped to emcee a portion of a nonprofit organization’s annual banquet. That portion was actually a talent competition. The five participants were incredibly talented, and my job was to keep things moving and to encourage the audience to contribute (a lot of) money to the envelopes on their tables.

Opera has seen better days.

Somewhere in the days leading up to event, I came upon the foolhardy idea of including a goofy get-up in every one of my “bits” between the acts. I figured that I had to keep the audience engaged and reaching for their wallets. And what can be better after a world-class opera piece than me in a Brunhilde helmet? (Well, quite a bit, probably, but walk a mile in my shoes.)

John Travolta is retaining counsel as we speak.

So that was fun, and raised a lot of money for the nonprofit group. But that still leaves my list of public-speaking suggestions pretty Spartan. Tools, man, I need tools to recommend.

I would appreciate your thoughts:

  • What is your strongest piece of advice for someone who is hesitant to speak in front of a group?
  • What was your biggest obstacle to public speaking, and how did you overcome it?
  • What is your worst public speaking disaster story? And were you able to right that capsizing ship, or to learn something from the experience?

Thanks! I will report back on the lessons I shared with the high school group—and the lessons they inevitably will teach me.