Exams, interviews: overcome your fear of speaking in public and give your best presentation


Have you ever given a presentation in front of your class? That's public speaking. It's of course also a crucial component of interviews: oral exams, job interviews, academic interviews... And it's something that strikes terror in the heart of many!

Public speaking is any situation in which what you say, and how well you say it, can get you what you want: it can get you a good mark in an exam, it can get you a job, an internship, or a new professional contact. When you have to speak in that capacity, of course it's stressful. It's a rare person who doesn't feel nervous in that context.


Public speaking

However, you can practice public speaking - and you can even come to love it!

Susan was recently in Hong Kong at the Consulate General of Ireland to deliver a workshop about public speaking exclusively for young people. The Consulate General runs an amazing Student Ambassador programme, to allow students in Hong Kong and Macau to learn more about Ireland and about the opportunities that await them in our country.

The students Susan spoke to were roughly the same age as our #SavvyTeenAcademy attendees.


Watch the video to learn more about the different skills that make up public speaking. One student asked a great question - "What do you say if you don't understand the question?" Watch below to find out what advice Susan gave her.





Susan goes through the following points:

  • How to overcome nerves
  • How to remember what you want to say
  • How to have small talk with people and build a rapport
  • What to do if you don't know the answer
  • What to do if you don't understand the question
  • How to present your Unique Selling Point


As teenagers, we start to discover how certain situations call for persuasion skills. We have to stand up and deliver a convincing presentation. It can be nerve racking because in those situations, what we say will be assessed by people who have authority - the authority to decide whether we will get a good mark in the exam, the authority to give us an internship or a job.

What you must remember is that people want you to do well. Speaking in these situations can be practiced, so that your talents and strengths shine through.

At #SavvyTeenAcademy, a good part of our workshops are dedicated to helping teenagers gain confidence when speaking in front of others. Even the shyest attendees end up absolutely loving that part of the programme!

This year again, #SavvyTeenAcademy will run in Cork and Dublin and we are looking forward to welcoming several international students, from the UK, Spain and Hong Kong, among others.

In 2018, #SavvyTeenAcademy runs 16th-19th July in Cork and 23rd-26th July in Dublin.