TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

The conveners believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So they are building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers with the theme: Creating Meaning.

Speakers for this August Event are:

  • Mr.  Remi Okunlola, Cofounder & Executive Director, Seawolf Oilfield Services Limited
  • Mrs. Funmi Roberts, Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co
  • Mr. Saheed Adepoju, Co-founder & Executive Director, Encipher Company
  • Dr. Tony Marinho
  • Mr. Dayo Isreal, Ambassador to the U.N on Youth issues
  • Dr. Olumide Longe, Lectures at MIT and University of Ibadan
  • Miss, Ife Olatayo, CEO, Super Kitchen
  • Mr. Kelechi Amadiobi, Lawyer and Photographer
  • Mr. Emeka Ossai, Convener of the Nigerian Enterprise Challenge

This world class Event (TEDxUniversityofIbadan) holds on the 20th April 2013 at Mainstrseet Bank Building, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Ibadan. Registration starts by 9am. For seat reservation, please send reasons why you want to attend TEDxUniversityofIbadan to tedxuniversityofibadan@gmail.com on or before 15th April 2013. Indicate your Name, Sex, Phone number, Occupation, level (students) and Email address. Please note that there are limited number of spaces. For more information please call Amobi (08056134273), Ifeloluwa (08169032369), Tosin (07032487820),Owoseni (07067802744) or ask your questions by commenting on this post, you will surely get a response.

Things fall apart

Things fall apart


Things fall apart

The centre cannot hold

This book as written by late Prof. Chinua Achebe

represents a revelation of the present situation of our Nation.

Things fall apart

Mediocrity is enthroned

creativity is dethroned

Things fall apart

More than 80% of our citizens

Live below one dollar per day

Things fall apart

Many of our graduates have been shot

with the bullets of unemployment

Things fall apart

The difference between our graduates

and the market women is six, and half a dozen

Things fall apart

Our votes were sold for a sachet of “indomie”

Things fall apart

Our mean, materialistic leaders continue to dance

to the drumbeat of shame in the market of corruption

Things fall apart

Indeed things has fallen apart

The walls of our unity are cracking

the centre is shaking

Leaders of today!

If we do not stop this rain of corruption

Things fall apart

If we do not stand up and work

to put food on our table

Things fall apart

If we do not come together to build our Nation

Things fall apart

If things continue to fall apart

then the gods are no to blame

In the strength of our numbers

in the unity of our diversity

is that great Nation, Nigeria!

A Speech written by

Iniodu A. Jones & Amanambu A. Jones

Delivered by Iniodu Jones, during

TrainDrill, 28/03/2013, in Sultan

Bello Hall, University of Ibadan



                                                                           Elements Of An Effective Speech


Lenny Laskowski

“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t; the other half have nothing to say and keep saying it.”

Anyone can give a speech. Not everyone can give an effective speech. To give an effective speech there are 6 elements you should consider.

Be Prepared – Being prepared is by far the most important element. How many times do you practice your speech? As a general rule, you should spend about 30 hours of preparation and rehearsal time for every hour you will be speaking. Use a tape recorder or videotape yourself. This will help you to get an accurate picture of how you speak.

Give of Yourself – Use personal examples and stories in your speech whenever possible. Make sure your stories help to emphasize or support your point. The stories must match your message. Use examples from your personal and professional life to make your point. In either case be willing to give of yourself by sharing some of yourself with the audience

Stay Relaxed – To stay relaxed you should be prepared. Also, focus on your message and not the audience. Use gestures, including walking patterns. Practice the opening of your speech and plan exactly how you will say it. The audience will judge you in the first 30 seconds they see you.

Use Natural Humor – Don’t try to be a stand up comedian. Use natural humor by poking fun at yourself and something you said or did. Be sure NOT to make fun of anyone in the audience. People will laugh with you when you poke fun at yourself but don’t over do it.

Plan Your Body & Hand Positions – During the practice of your speech look for occasions where you can use a gesture. Establish three positions where you will stand and practice not only how to move to them but where in your speech do you move. Pick three positions, one on center stage, one to your right, and one to your left. Do not hide behind the lectern. When you do move maintain eye contact with the audience.

Pay attention to all details – Make sure you have the right location (school, hotel, room & time). Make sure you know how to get to where you are speaking. Ask how large an audience you will be speaking to. Make sure you bring all your visual aids and plenty of handouts. Arrive early so you can check out where you will be speaking and make any last minute adjustments.

It is very important that you pay attention to even the smallest details. You can never overplan. Remember, “He who fails to plan is planning for failure”

Edited by

Amanambu Amobi

It became an accepted slogan, when millions of Nigerians started chanting ‘My Oga at the top’. One would wonder that even the market women caught this verbal virus. The truth need be told, does this shameful act from Obafaiye Shem (My oga at the top), the Lagos State NSCDC commandant represents that decaying system in our dear country where nothing can be done except ‘my oga at the top’ gives an approval, no wonder Charles Novia wrote in one of his article titled ‘My Oga at the top’, where he opined that “As hilarious as this may be to millions of people, it is also a sad reminder of our societal genuflection as a people. The whole apparatus of the Nigerian administrative organogram is strangle (sic) held by so many ‘Ogas on top’. An effective ‘checks-and-balances’ system which works seamlessly in other climes is made impotent here in Nigeria by a wicked system of administrative despotism. Nothing gets done except the top guns approves, even your visiting the restroom!”. Or do we say that those who hold the mantle of leadership do not deserve to be there as they perhaps bribed their way into the job. Or again do we rather say that they lack that most important aspect of leadership which is public speaking.

‘My Oga at the top’ represents that Nigerian top leader who does not fully understand and have great knowledge of that position he is in and fail to express it adequately or represents the one who calls the shots, every decision is taken solely by him. Delegation is not in his routine of jobs. However you choose to look at it, this problem is a national crisis especially since even our president is guilty in this regard, anyone in doubt please watch the Amanpour interview with our president. Thank goodness it trended hitting over 1.5 million views on Youtube. Many top politicians, CEOs, and men of the Armed Forces these days can’t grant interviews without the exercise turning into a media gaffe. This indeed represents that failed state whose leadership lack the skill of public speaking. ‘My oga at the top’ in my opinon, represents that leader who lacks the techniques and strategies of speaking in public. These ‘ogas at the top’ need to be sent to the school of orators to learn the act of public speaking.

Written by Amanambu Amobi

Bodurin Aadam

Bodunrin Aadam – TrainDrill Co-Founder

Different types of public speaking require different speaking styles and skill sets. Here’s a brief overview of 4 broad kinds of public speaking, plus a miscellaneous category with a few others.

• Informative. This category is fairly self-explanatory. Informative speeches are meant to inform. You’ll find these at technology conferences, scientific conventions, idea seminars, business meetings, and other times when speakers introduce new information. Specificity and accuracy are key to delivering effective informative speeches.
• Persuasive. A persuasive speech is meant to convince people of an idea or to commit them to action. You’ll find these speeches in sales, politics, religion, and other arenas where viewpoint and action are paramount. A persuasive speech is most effective when it appeals to the audience on both the emotional and logical level, and then presents to the audience a specific action.
• Ceremonial. These speeches include toasts, recitations, graduation speeches, and other formal events. They must be tailored to the occasion and to the people present.
• Extemporaneous/impromptu. Off-the-cuff speeches may be any of the types above, the only difference being that they are given without significant preparation. Generally, one should follow a preconceived and easy-to-remember organizational pattern in order to ensure effective delivery despite minimal preparation.
• Debate, broadcasting, religious talks, etc. Other types of public speaking exist in other settings. Most of these are just combinations and iterations of the four forms discussed above. Debate is a persuasive speech combined with extemporaneous rebuttals, broadcasting may be informative or persuasive, but must be tailored to the medium. Religious talks may be ceremonial speeches mixed with a good dose of persuasion. These forms and others are best understood when looked at in light of their basic elements and communication mediums.

So before you give a speech, determine what your intent is. Do you want to inform or to persuade? Once you know that, figure out what you must do to get your desired reaction from the audience. Each type of public speaking compliments the others; don’t be afraid to mix-and-match

Edited by Amanambu Amobi


public speaking tips

10 things you need to know as a public speaker

Know the room.
Be familiar with the place in which you will speak.
Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.

Know the audience.
Greet some of the audience as they arrive.
It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.

Know your material.
Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase.

Ease tension by doing exercises.

Visualize yourself giving your speech.
Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured.
When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.

Realize that people want you to succeed.
They don’t want you to fail.
Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining.
They are on your side!

Don’t apologize.
If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they hadn’t noticed.

Concentrate on the message — not the medium.
Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience.
Your nervousness will dissipate.

Turn nervousness into positive energy.
Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.

Gain experience.
Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

Culled from Toastmaster International

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