Week 4: Stand out in Career Fairs!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe topic for week 4 meeting is Stand out in Career Fairs! Attending a career fair is the first step to securing an internship or a job. It is an excellent opportunity to explore the firms of your interests, to network with professionals, and to win an interview invitation. However, are you aware of the many dos and don’ts in the career fairs? Let us help you!

This meeting will first touch on the necessary preparations and actions before, during, and after the career fairs and networking events. Then, we will hold a mock career fair to help you become comfortable with speaking about yourself and your qualifications during the actual event.


Topic: Stand out in Career Fairs!

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM


We look forward to seeing you there!

Important Announcement:  On February 14th, we will be having a Challenge Course Event at Sunset Recreation on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10 am – 2 pm. The cost is $10 per person, and food will be provided. If you would like to go, please contact Cameron Wu at cameronwu2011@gmail.com to RSVP. More information is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1606366276260989/?notif_t=plan_user_joined

Week 2: Team Debate

Hi all! Hope all of you have a fulfilling and fun first week! The topic for week 2 meeting is team debate. Most of us have learned to read and write. But how many of us have learned to speak? Not talk but really speak. We aim to improve your speaking skill because it is invaluable in any chosen path of life.

For this meeting, we will assign a debate topic on the spot and divide you into two teams. Each team is expected to deliver an opening, a closing, and a 6-minute free debate. Debaters are required to refute their opponents’ argument and defend and elaborate on their points. Detailed rule will be explained during the meeting.


Topic: British Parliament Debate

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM

Week 7: Personal Delivery


We will have our last meeting for this quarter on Wednesday, November 19th! For this week’s activity, we will focus on personal delivery. When presenting a speech, conveying your personality helps the audience see that your speech is more than the sum of its words, but the collective thoughts and opinions of a person. They will also judge you, to see if you are personable, if you are knowledgeable, if you are credible.  Our main activity will help you practice expressing your personality in your speeches. We will focus on how you can integrate your character and personal beliefs into your speech through body gesture, tone, pacing and audience interaction. At the end, we will give a short recap on this quarter’s activities and gather feedback from you to prepare next quarter’s curriculum. Please come to this week’s meeting to let your personality shine!


Topic: Personal Delivery

Location: Ackerman 3508

Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

IDEAL Internship Program Winter 2015

The Executive Board of the IDEAL Leaders Association would like to invite you to apply to our internship program. The program is a unique opportunity to practice and directly apply your leadership skills to affect how our club operates over an entire quarter, as well as to participate if you choose in our annual Eboard election in the spring. To groom general members into future leaders, interns are given then the chance to shadow officers, attend and contribute to executive board meetings, and witness how the board manages IDEAL inside and out.

It is mandatory for general members interested in becoming a board member for 2015-2016 to apply and complete the quarter-long internship program. However, we invite all general members to apply regardless of whether they are interested in or intend to run for board, as long as they are invested in contributing to IDEAL’s growth and development as an organization.

The following link is an application to the IDEAL internship program:
IDEAL Internship Application

Please submit the application to idealleaders@gmail.com by Friday, November 21st electronically or in person at our first general meeting. Also feel free to send us any questions you might have about the program!

Week 6: Learn to Persuade!

pspeechatHave you ever found it difficult to convince someone to listen to your ideas? Did you ever feel frustrated over failing to persuade friends  (or enemies) to take your side? Or maybe you just want to convince your interviewer that you’re the perfect person for the job. Effective leaders must not only articulate their thoughts with finesse, but they must also know how to respond to a challenge. This week’s activity will focus on improving your persuasion skills by challenging you to come up with solid support for your ideas and to refute any unexpected counterargument. Come to this week’s meeting to discuss, disagree, and defend!


Topic: Persuasion

Location: Ackerman 3508

Time: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Week 5: Resume Critique Workshop


This week, IDEAL Leaders Association will be holding its Resume Critique Workshop on Wednesday, November 5, from 5:00 to 6:00 PM and will be hosted by three experienced senior club members! In addition to teaching members how to evaluate their own (and each other’s) resumes with a critical eye, the hosts will be there to provide commentary and feedback on individual resumes, as well as to answer any specific questions members might have. Be sure to come to our workshop with your resume in hand!

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm


Week 4: Resume Workshop


Resume is often the first document that an employer would typically look at, so it serves as your first impression in the job application process. A well-written and formatted resume can greatly impress the recruiters and improve the chances of getting the job interview.

The IDEAL Leaders Association will be hosting a resume workshop this Wednesday. It will be hosted by UCLA Career Center peer advisor Cynthia! This workshop will give you a comprehensive introduction to resume writing and also introduce you to the resources available at the Career Center! Come to our workshop and learn how to build up your resume!

If you’re interested, please sign up here: Resume Workshop Signup

Topic: Resume Workshop
Location: Ackerman 2412
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

EDIT: We apologize for the inconvenience, but there was a scheduling error with ASUCLA. So, the location and time has been updated.

Week 3- Impromptu Speech

ImpromptuAre you all excited for our Week 3 activity? This week we will hone your skills for impromptu speeches! We will start off with a fun icebreaker: each one of us will contribute a word/sentence to make an interesting story together! Will there be action? Will there be romance? Or will it end up being a humorous mess?

After our fun little storytelling, we will then give you a run-down on the key aspects of an impromptu speech to provide you the confidence and skills you need to present one. So, for our main activity, every one of you will be given an opportunity to present your very own impromptu speech to your fellow members. Constructive feedbacks will be given after your speech to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you will become an awesome speaker!

Lastly, we will be having an optional dinner together and head towards our board game night, that is from 7:00- 9:00 pm at Rolfe 3105! Let us have some fun before midterms come!


Topic: Impromptu Speech

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Wednesday, October 22th

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm


Board Game Night

Location: Rolfe 3105

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Join us to practice delivering speech on the spot and get valuable feedback! We are really looking forward to see you all at Ackerman 3508, 5:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 22th!

Week 2: Presentation of Speech


Have you ever felt frustrated by delivering a speech poorly when you know you could have done it better? Are you unsure about or unaware of your hand gestures and posture while speaking? Come to our meeting to learn how to use your voice and body language effectively for a more dynamic speech! In our Week 2 activity, we will watch and analyze an inspiring TED talk video to understand the art of public speaking. Afterwards, each of you will have an opportunity to act out a short speech and present in a way that demonstrates your personal style. Join us to practice your presentation skills and get valuable feedback!

Topic: Presentation of Speech
Location: Ackerman 3508
Date: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 1: Introductions

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The IDEAL Leaders Association would like to welcome you, both prospective and returning members, to the new academic year. To start the year, we will be having an orientation meeting introducing what our organization is all about: building leadership through public speaking, teamwork, and critical thinking. We will also discuss the exciting social events we have planned for you for the quarter!

To kick off our very first meeting of the year, this week’s workshop will focus on the very appropriate topic of introductions. We believe a good icebreaker involves learning more than someone’s name, major, and favorite hobby. So instead, be prepared for an hour of engaging stories, interesting people, and hopefully new friends! Come join us to find out more!

Topic: Introductions

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!