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VoxMasters

Recognizing Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant: Latrell Williams ‘16

Latrell Williams ’16 has been a co-facilitator of the Student Discussion Group VoxMasters now for two terms. However, he’s been participating in the group since his freshman year. “This is a nice job for something I like to go to anyways,” says Latrell. His favorite part of the job is helping people with their public speaking skills. “Recently we’ve had a lot of graduate students in the STEM field interested in improving their public speaking. In just a few months, they’ve improved a lot,” Latrell says. “It’s nice to see that VoxMasters has an impact.” 

“I can always count on Latrell to do exactly what he says he’ll do,” says supervisor Vincent Mack. “Latrell takes his responsibilities seriously, and never has to be corrected twice, or repeatedly asks to complete a task. I appreciate working with Latrell for his dependability, willingness to learn in his role, and integrity demonstrated in doing what he says.”

15F Voxmasters

This year, the Student Program Assistants are Dustin Sheehan '18 and Latrell Williams '16. Photo by Weijia Tang '18.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more confident public speakers. The group meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speech. Each week, the group focuses on a specific type of public speaking, such as Introductions, Technical Speeches, and even how to use a Teleprompter.

At a typical meeting, students arrive and have dinner as the week’s topics is introduced. Before the actual practicing begins, the discussion leaders talk about best practices and tips on delivery for whatever that evening’s particular subject is about.

VoxMasters Recap: Group Facilitation

VoxMasters allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. At weekly, open meetings, attendees can speak extemporaneously on topics and get feedback from their peers. Read more about the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups here.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more
confident public speakers. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speeches on topics such as "Introducing a Speaker" or "Elevator Pitches." Furthermore, VoxMasters is a safe and friendly environment where students can receive constructive feedback on their public speaking skills. Last but not least, there is always free dinner!

VoxMasters Recap: Interviews with the Center for Professional Development

VoxMasters allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. At weekly, open meetings, attendees can speak extemporaneously on topics and get feedback from their peers. Read more about the Rockefeller Center's student discussion groups here.

VoxMasters is a dynamic group of students brought together by a common desire to become more confident public speakers. We meet every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rockefeller Center to practice extemporaneous speeches on topics such as "Introducing a Speaker" or "Elevator Pitches." Furthermore, VoxMasters is a safe and friendly environment where students can receive constructive feedback on their public speaking skills. Last but not least, there is always free dinner!

Voxmasters Recap: PowerPoint Presentations and Visual Persuasion

 
As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read two student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

This session of VoxMaster focused on designing and delivering effective Powerpoint presentations. Student discussion group leaders Shoshanna Silverstein ’15 and Sarah Ogren ’16 began the session by explaining the “do’s” and “don’ts” of successful Powerpoint slides. I learned that slides should summarize important points succinctly, use graphics to highlight essential ideas, and avoid excessive use of animation. When delivering a presentation, it is important to avoid blocking the projector, fidgeting, or simply reading off the slides. This part of the session underscored ideas discussed previously in the “Presentation Design for the User Experience” session of the Management and Leadership Development Program, such as the importance of catering a presentation to one’s specific audience.

Voxmasters Recap: Elevator Pitches: Getting to the Point

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read two student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

The theme of this week's Voxmasters was the Elevator Pitch, which student leaders Sarah and Shoshana described as a situation where we only had two minutes to convey a pitch for a project or idea to a powerful individual.

Each participant in the group was given five minutes to come up with a pitch. The student leaders suggested that we be concise, animated and genuine in our pitches. Furthermore, they encouraged us to show why our pitches were important and explain how the individual could be beneficial to us. After putting together notes about our pitches, each of us went to the front of the room and presented our idea to the imaginary individual that we had chosen.

Voxmasters: Interview Preparations

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

Voxmasters Recap: A Call to Action

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read three student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

On Wednesday, October 2, several MLDP students attended the Rockefeller Center’s VoxMasters discussion group, which allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. The group, led by Sarah Ogren ’16 and Shoshana Silverstein ’15, meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

VoxMasters: Using Rhetorical Techniques to Address an Audience

Read an MLDP Participant’s account of our most recent session in VoxMasters. For more information, about MLDP, click here

VoxMasters meets on Wednesday evenings at 6 PM. Click here for more information.

VoxMasters Builds Upon and Improves Skills

Read a student's account of a recent session of Rocky VoxMasters, one of our student-led groups. 

I went to a “passion” themed session of VoxMasters during the fall term. That week’s event was hosted by both the VoxMasters student group and the Modern Abolition Initiative. Aside from eating delicious Thai food, we gathered to practice making “call to action” speeches. This is a subject we had also covered in an earlier MLDP session, so I was able to gain further experience with this type of speech. Participants spoke about everything from the power of coincidence to broken tennis rackets, and one even gave a speech about puppies after seeking topic ideas from the crowd.

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