Published: 18 Jul 2022

What is public speaking? What are the forms of drug abuse and their effects? Why should we care about cleanliness and environmental sustainability? How does social media affect our lives?

These are some of the topics addressed by students of the Communication Study Program class 2021, President University (PresUniv), presenting to students of SMA Negeri 2 highschool Cikarang Utara, Bekasi, Monday (27/6). The students of the Communication Study Program did this as part of the their final project for the Statepersonship course which which includes community service activities. All the materials were presented during a  Public Speaking Workshop  entitled “ Building a Form of Self-Confidence & Enhancement of Student Character in Public Speaking”.

In their preparation for  the event, the students of the Communication Study Program received guidance from Dr. Bruno Rumyaru, Msi., and Emilius German, S.S., M.Pd. These are PresUniv lecturers who teach the Statepersonship courses.

Statepersonship is a compulsory subject at PresUniv which is a combination of three themes, namely Citizenship, Religion and the Indonesian Language. Fifty percent of the course is taught in lecture format and rest of the course consists of fieldwork.

Giving certificates for the best presenters or speakers in the Public Speaking workshop at SMA Negeri 2 Cikarang Utara, Bekasi, Monday (27/6).
Source: Doc of Communication Study Program.

Last Monday, the students of the Communication Study Program explained these topics to students from SMA Negeri 2. For example, they explained that public speaking is a way of communicating to convey messages or information in public with more than one listener or even in groups. Public speaking aims to convey various information for various purposes. The speaker can be entertaining, inviting, and  influence the  listeners. Public speaking combines the four elements of education, namely science, skills, art, and soul.

In addition to the material on public speaking, the students of the Communication Study Program also invited students from SMA Negeri 2 Cikarang to explore some of the issues, and problems that occur in society. for The workshop covered , the problem of drugs and its social impacts, the dangers of smoking and various other issues related to health, including pressure from peers. Students also discussed the issue of cleanliness and environmental sustainability.

Another issue that was discussed is that of digital lifestyle. For example, what are the signals that we are addicted to smartphones and online games. Then, how do all students adapt to online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The discussion became very fascinating. The students were very enthusiastic about expressing their opinions and conveying solutions to the problems that occurred. Some of them shared what contributions they could make. Very interesting. One of the participants said that this workshop helped to increase self-confidence, critical and creative thinking skills. The workshop was closed by giving awarded certificates to the best presenters or speakers. (Report of Communication Study Program Team: Harya Yudha and Michel Francis. Photo: Saka, Seto and Rachel)