In the speech “What Did You Say?” Maryam Solhjou told us about assertiveness and the four styles of communication: passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive and assertive. We may be passive and not encourage ourselves, or aggressive and roughshod over others, or passive-aggressive and smile while harming others behind their backs. To build healthy relationships, we must learn to be assertive – that is, to be clear, direct, and respectful in how we communicate. “Be aware of what type of communicator you are”—Maryam concluded. Maryam was voted Best Speaker. Excellent job Maryam!
Vaishali Sahay, who evaluated Maryam’s speech, highlighted the suitable choice of the topic, the appropriate use of gestures and body language, the proper research of the theme and the effective choice of words that the speaker used during her delivery. The evaluator encouraged the orator to avoid the use of notes and suggested using examples evenly on the four types of communicators.