5th Annual Bruin Speech Contest

Do you want to put your public speaking skills to the test? Join IDEAL Leader’s 5th Annual Bruin Speech Contest! We encourage all skill levels to apply.

The contest will be held in the first two weeks of Spring Quarter and this year’s prompt will be focusing on education and technology. Winners will receive prizes worth up to $175.

Apply by paying the entrance fee and filling out the application at goo.gL/qsz9sk

For more information, please check out: Bruin Speech Contest Introduction.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email to idealleaders@gmail.com.

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Week 8 Meeting: Networking

networking_1The topic of week 8’s meeting is Networking. It is a common misconception that networking is only for business people. In reality, networking occurs everywhere, both in formal or informal situations. It is about connecting with people of common interests. Networking may bring you job opportunities, friendships, and other collaborative connections. However, it is not easy to pick up quickly on the one you network with. In this week’s meeting, we will talk about the general elevator speech tips in different networking situations. Come to our meeting to practice together with us!


Topic: Networking

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM


We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 6: Link and Listen


The topic of week 6’s meeting is Link and Listen. a critical thinking and public speaking activity that requires 2 participants per group. The prompt comes in two parts and requires the second speaker to utilize content of the first speaker’s speech to construct his/her own speech. This activity emphasizes strict attention to detail in both speech building and listening process. It will be a great opportunity to practice your impromptu and listening skills. Come to our meeting and practice together with us!


Topic: Link and Listen

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM


We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 5: Debater’s Guild

121017_romeny_obama_debate-point-rtrs_605The topic for week 5 meeting is Debate! Debate is a useful skill for any chosen path of life. With its emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, and teamwork, it teaches skills that serve us well in school, in the workplace and in life. So come to our meeting to practice your debating skills together with us!


Members will be divided into two teams: one group will take the pros stand, the other will take the con stand. Each participant must give a brief presentation defending their stand and rebutting their opponents. Everyone will be given a chance to speak. Detailed rule will be explained during the meeting.


Topic: Debater’s Guild

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM


We look forward to seeing you there!

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