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Did you know that a fear of public speaking “glossophobia” is an actual condition, and that 74% of the population suffer from it? It is most likely that at some stage during your internship (and throughout your entire career) you will be required to speaking in front of people. Let’s face it, while some of us don’t feel the apprehension when they face those situations, many of us would rather run and hide at the thought! Learning how to speak in public will not only help your professional life, but can also be a great asset in your everyday life. For those who are not lucky enough to have that natural gift, here are some strategies on how to become a better public speaker:

 

BEFORE THE SPEECH:

The best thing to do is to relax – being anxious can make things worse, remember that 74% of the population fear public speaking, so most of the people in the room can empathise with the fact that you do not want to be where you are! Take a deep breath and have a few sips of water to help calm the nerves.

Prepare and Practice…. The more familiar you are with your material the more you will be able to inspire your audience’s trust and confidence. Familiarise yourself with the words and phrases in your presentation. Play around with different volumes and see how well you can hear your own voice.

 

DURING THE SPEECH:

Don’t panic, if you get confuse at one point, refocus and start a new sentence from the beginning.

Try to connect with people through eye contact. Regularly shift your focus around the room, not so that you look nervous, but to help involve as many people as possible in your talk. If you are too nervous a tip is to look at the top people’s head in your audience. Avoid reading notes - this can make you lose focus on a connection with the room and make your voice monotone.

 

AFTER THE SPEECH:

Congratulation you did it! You can breathe and enjoy! It might not have been perfect but it’s by practising that you will learn! Ask for feedback from colleagues and friends; those around you. The more you know the more you can grow!

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1907

Australia’s first lifesaving club established at Bondi, Sydney

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The first surf lifesaving club was founded at Bondi in February 1907 and several others were established soon after. On 18 October that year, these clubs formed the Surf Bathing Association of New South Wales to regulate surf bathing and raise funds. Surf lifesaving clubs soon spread around the country and the surf lifesavers themselves became an Australian icon.

Since 1907, they have rescued more than 630,000 people.

Learn more here.

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Hannah Pyle

Age: 22

Field: Medical Research

City: Brisbane

Nationality: British

Why did you choose to complete an internship?

I’ve wanted to go into the medical research field since I was in high school but was unsure if it would be something I’d actually enjoy. When the year was offered in my university course, it seemed like the right time to get a placement to hopefully confirm what I wanted as my career choice.

What have you learned the most during your internship?

I’ve learnt so much during my internship. The main area was just how the industry actually operates. How to apply for grants, how to talk to donors, how to get your papers published etc. None of this I had even considered before taking a placement.

What benefits do you feel AI contributed to your internship and time in Australia?

They have been so helpful! I wouldn’t have been able to do this internship without them as I wouldn’t even know where to begin looking. Also, the intern nights are great. I moved halfway around the world and didn’t know anyone. Attending those nights gave me a chance to actually meet my IPS in person and meet other interns who are in the same boat as I am.

What advice would you give future interns?

Embrace every opportunity given to you and commit 100% to it. The rewards are going to be amazing. And don’t be afraid of failure or not knowing something. The whole point of this experience is to learn and grow, you are not expected to be perfect. 

What do you enjoy most about Australia?

The heat and the sunshine are definitely a plus! But also everyone is so welcoming and friendly it really is lovely to be around.

 

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Koey Tung

MARKETING AND ADMISSION OFFICER

Introduction

My name is Koey and I am 24 years old, I am originally from Hong Kong and this will be my 7th year in Australia. I fell in love with Brisbane when I first came here to study in 2012 and I have stayed in Brisbane since then.  The weather here is amazing, as I love going to the beach, therefore, Sunshine State, Queensland is perfect for me! I also love travelling, I try to go to at least one new country every year and this year I have my eyes on Japan! I can’t wait to try all those ramen and sushi and all the food that I can consume!

 
How would you describe your work?

I work as Marketing and Admission Officer in Australian internships. I work closely with the Marketing team and Program Admissions team. I am responsible for all the enquiries that come through emails or phone calls; I also attend fairs or event representing Australian Internships. I really enjoy my work and I am glad that I can assist our interns in the very first stage and guide them through the process. It is very rewarding especially when I see that they got the internship/placement they wanted and successfully completed it in the end.

 

What do you like the most about your work?

I like the fact that through us, a lot of students or candidates find their way to their dream career. Seeing them getting experience that they never thought it would happen and in the end achieving their career goals makes me feel accomplished.

 
Your message to the interns?

I would like to tell them never give up on their dreams and it is never too late to chase it! Things could happen a little bit differently from what you have planned but as long as you stick to it, it will happen! Therefore, make the most out of your internship; it is a life-changing experience!

 

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CHATSWOOD YEAR OF THE PIG FESTIVAL

 

This summer, Sydneysiders and visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the sensational New Year festivities of Asia without leaving Sydney.


Find more information here.

 

     

 
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BrisAsia Festival 2019

 

BrisAsia Festival showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. From Saturday 9 February - Sunday 3 March 2019 enjoy events across the city and in the suburbs.


Find more information here.

 

 

 

 

 
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Zoo Twilights

 

Zoo Twilights unites music lovers with world-class musicians in a summer music experience like no other.

Find more information here.

 

 
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Sand Safari Arts Festival

Sand Safari Arts Festival transforms Surfers Paradise into a captivating beachside exhibition of life-sized and even larger than life art pieces.

Find more information here.

 
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Barossa Valley

 On the northeast of Adelaide the Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region of Australia. Tanunda, Rowland Flat, Nuriootpa and Lyndoch are the main towns of the region and have really distinct personalities due to the German and English influence. The wine is the main attraction of the region, but the valley is also famous for its gastronomy, it makes it an amazing place to have a cultural experience in an easy-going lifestyle. Enjoy the hospitality of the local community surrounded by the gorgeous landscape made of the thousands of grapevines!

 

The great Australian Bight


Formed with spectacular cliffs, the Great Australian Bight is the home of to an amazing variety of marine life such as great white sharks, humpback, blue and southern right whales, southern Bluefin tuna, Australian sea lions, white-bellied sea eagle and albatross. 85% of the species that you can find there cannot be seen anywhere else in the world! How amazing is that? It’s definitely a place to see during your time in Australia.

 
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