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Workshop: “What makes a speech historic?” by Frits Bloemberg

31-03-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30

Please note that we will start at 20:00 ‘o clock SHARP, so please be on time.

You hope that your professors will be good speakers who can keep your interest for at least the length of a class period, but more often than not, you’ll have a teacher or two who drones on and on and doesn’t make you feel passionate about the subject. If they would watch more historic speeches from, for example, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela or Barack Obama, would that help? How is it possible that one speech can inspire thousands or even millions of people, even after the person who gave the speech has died? Can famous speeches learn us how to persuade, how to keep the attention or how to give better speeches yourself?

Founder and director of Het Debatbureau (The Debating Bureau), Frits Bloemberg, will be answering these questions. Among his achievements are the presentation of an international conference with Mr. Kofi Annan (800 participants) and the organization and presentation of a debating competition with King Willem-Alexander. Working across the country, Bloemberg and his team already supported thousands of professionals organize successful events and increase their debating and presentation skills. They organize and present events in English for numerous organizations in The Hague, Amsterdam and elsewhere. Among them are government agencies, international organizations and international businesses. They also have extensive experience in primary, secondary and higher education. For example, Het Debatbureau is the organizer of the largest debating competition for high school students in The Netherlands, involving 200 high schools every year.

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20:00 - 21:30
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Juul Oosterhuis, Commissioner for Intellectual Activities


Café De Troubadour
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, Groningen 9711PC Netherlands
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