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Programme on Leadership and Communication Conducted by Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

Old Thomian, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is the 2014 Toastmasters International Public Speaking World Champion. After touring the world these past few years and making a name for himself as one of the world’s best speakers, Mr. Hettiarachchi decided to give back to his ‘School by the Sea’. For this purpose, heorganized and conducted a workshop on public speaking for members of the Gavel Club and Media Unit of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia.

The workshop was held at the Cioconat Lounge in Barnes Place on the 17th & 18th of June. Participants learnt many tricks and techniques of speech craft, including how to write and deliver different types of impromptu speeches and presentations. For the second day,students had to prepare a speech/presentation and deliver it. The students were graded out of ten in those frames. All the students were motivated to perform extremely well and got above seven; earning themselves a certificate.

The workshop culminated with presentations by three highly successful and talented Sri Lankan guest speakers such as; Sabirah Cafoor – All Island Best Speaker 2010 and former head of Training and Development at WNS global, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne : Author and research fellow at LIRNE Asia, Rohan Jayaweera – Former Google Country Consultant and CEO of Antyra Technologies, and Sathsi Wijesinghe- Brand Manager – Sunshine Holdings pvt Ltd. The speakers covered the topics,‘Professionalism’, ‘How to start your own business’, and ‘How to be a Good Leader’.

The workshop was clearly a great success and all fourteen participants learnt valuable skills and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We are grateful to Mr. Hettiarachchi and his guest speakers for giving of their time and expertise to contribute to the development of public speaking at College.

    – Shan Thambar