Public Speaking and Presentation Workshop: “Creative Coders”
Preparing the “Creative Coders” from Ikamva Youth.
I spent a great afternoon at one of Cpae Town’s most successful community education projects, Ikamva Youth, by presenting a workshop in public speaking: helping by coaching the speakers – refining the pitch, presentation and public speaking – in preparation for their pitch for funding from World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.
Countdown to the presentation on 27 May at the Pavilion Clocktower Conference Center, V&A Waterfront.
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Here is an excerpt of the final rehearsal of the Funding Pitch:
Find out more about the project and how this video came about:
Ikamva Lisezandleni Zethu is a South African non-profit organization focussed on the empowerment of youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance.
The lab urgently needs some curtains or blinds. The lighting makes it very hard to see the screen – very important when teaching computer skills! Note the portable projector propped up on a discarded Chips carton.
The sense of humour, excitement and fun are immediately apparent. Serious learning occurs here – note the older volunteer tutors in the back row helping the younger learners. I notice no “discipline” issues or inattentive learners – a topic much debated amongest educators in all the schools i which I have worked.
Always time for a smile! Even in these cramped quarters, with space- and time-allocation issues with the next door library always arising, the learners were genuinely enthusiastic about the subject content and are learning really valuable skills.
A hub of activity as schoolchildren come to study, get tutoring, work together in groups. Such a tiny little space. Filled with volunteers, willing learners, and that energy which is the future of my country.
A portable data-projector propped up on a chair on a table. We are a nation of innovators. Necessity is clearly also the mother of invention. — with Marion Walton
I made a video of the pitching-session practice and gave a quick workshop on presentation, honing the content of the pitch where I could, using my stage-experience to help the group get their message across as clearly and effectively as possible. What is humbling, is how a small intervention is so eagerly – even greedily – absorbed. More. We need to do more. Much more
Marion Walton with Zukile Keswa, branch co-ordinator for the Makhaza branch of Ikamva Youth. Refining the script and changing a word here and there can make all the difference. Zukile’s dedication and supportuve, calm nature makes him a tremendous asset in this situation. — with Marion Walton
The four presenters of the pitch going through some final revisions before I started my work of working on the presentation aspect.
As part of the “Creative Coders” project, Talita designed a computer-game in which her self-named character overcomes obstacles such as bullying principals and lack of access to facilities, by “eating” books and leaping over the difficulties. There was a tender moment when we realised how much of her own life-experiences, her negative experiences but also her determination to overcome them, her dreams and aspirations were “coded” into what on the sturface appears to be a bit of frivolous computergaming children’s “e-tertainment”. See an example fo some of the pixel-based artwork HERE.
Talita Maliti is a young lady with a great future ahead of her, and she knows it and she’s going out to meet it head-on!
Vuyani made tremendous progress in the workshop. Understanding how language-differences and accents impact on the audience was a great lesson to learn. He was absolutely ON BOARD and worked so hard to implement the suggestions made. What a lovely young man.
A member of the “Creative Coders” team, amused at something his team mates did. I could not help but notice the face peering over his shoulder: With Madiba looking on at the progress being made… Could everybody please stop TALKING about “legacy” and get on with doing what needs to be done?
Marion Walton doing a formidable gut-punching demonstration to show how firm your tummy muscles can be to help you with projection of your voice. Especially when you we are nervous do we need to activate those muscles. And believe me, when Dr Walton comes at you with those fists, you get mighty nervous! — with Marion Walton
I was so happy that my experience and ease with talking in front of audiences gave me something meaningful to contribute to this amazing group of people. All those singing-lessons and opera workshops and playing for school-productions has built and refined in me an entire set of additional skills which I now look at with different eyes. Thanks to this experience I view my life as a pianist differently. How blessed am I.
Getting intense about presentation technique!
I found an unexpected and moving connection with the tone of the pitching session:
~Building an idea from nothing, usually with no budget and few other resources other than your own skills and creativity,
~Pitching your idea to someone in the hope that they will reward you for that idea with some money to help make it come true.
~Studying your budget, your script and making a carefully rehearsed but sincere and heartfelt presentation with the hope of a favourable outcome,
Is that not the life of an artist?
I have more in common with this group than might at first reach the eye!
A man with a motorised wheel-chair. Where did he get it? Who paid for it? What does he do? Where does he live? Who looks after him? What is his life like? What is the impact of his diability on his emotional state? He waved and smiled at us later as we drove off. A great open smile and a big thumbs-up with BOTH thumbs. Clearly, all these questions had answers…
WHERE you are does not define WHO you are.
I just play the piano, I couldn’t do this math! But it felt great to be able to pass on other skills that I had learnt in my years as a performer, which did not necessarily relate directly to my musical skills.
How to make sure that the door to tertiary education does not remain locked or remain a revolving door for many: build from the ground up.
Dear Old Man with your RainBowTie, do you see?