Sunday 11 December 2016

Conquer your fear of public speaking - Women's Executive Network event

Published 01/10/2015 | 11:17

Rowan Manahan
Rowan Manahan
From left: Mandy Johnson, Margaret E Ward, Niamh Gallagher and Thora Mackey

The often-dreaded - but very useful - act of public speaking will be tackled at the next Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

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According to Presenters mentor Rowan Manahan, who works with many of the country’s top chief executives and is addressing the November event, effective public speaking is not a gift but it’s a skill that can be learned.

Better presentation skills can also be a career-enhancing tool, he added.

The breakfast event, being hosted by media sponsor Irish Independent/Sunday Independent/Independent.ie takes place at Dublin’s Westin Hotel on November 4.

Earlier today, the WXN kicked off its 2015-2016  speaker series with a panel discussion on “How to be board, media and politics ready”.

Thora Mackey, chief operations officer at the Institute of Directors, said that there are many vacancies on the boards of Irish companies that would suit women.

Ms Mackey, who heads up the IoD’s Boardroom Centre, a dedicated and independent service that helps companies find non-executive directors and chairpersons for their boards, that there are vacancies, in particular, in the financial services and state-owned sectors.

Other speakers included women on air founder Margaret E Ward who is also on the board of RTÉ and the European Movement Ireland.

Niamh Gallagher, a co-founder of Women for Election, the organisation working towards an Ireland with balanced participation of women and men in political life, also addressed the event which was attended by over 160 women.

The event was moderated by Mandy Johnston, a columnist for the Irish Independent.

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