Workshop for chief prosecutors and PO spokespersons

Public appearance: Be the best in front of yourself, but also in front of others

Published on: June 14, 2019

How to improve your public appearance and ensure that the audience understands correctly the message you want to convey? How to master the floor and turn it into your ally? How to learn to manage your own thoughts? Chief prosecutors and spokespersons from POs in BiH talked about the development of public speaking skills on June 13 and 14, 2019 in Sarajevo.

"Good preparation is key to a good public appearance. When preparing a presentation, it's important to know how to separate important things from the irrelevant ones, to be able to present the key messages to the audience, and if it is necessary to repeat them several times", said Admir Arnautović, communicologist and trainer at the workshop.

Arnautović explained that it is the speaker's responsibility to ensure he/she is well understood in communication, and not the interlocutor's - it is up to the speaker how he/she transmits their thoughts in communication.

At the workshop, participants discussed how to master the fear of public speaking, how to manage their own thoughts, and how to get rid of beliefs that may hinder the communication.

"Fear of public speaking is an acquired, not an innate fear, and that's why it's important that we continuously work on ourselves, develop our self-esteem, and finally, learn to use this fear as our own 'propellant'," said Marina Bakić, a psychologist and trainer in public appearances and one of the trainers at the workshop. She also added that fear of public appearance is actually a safe and clear sign that we are responsibly approaching our task.

Bakic said that it is important that you have something to say when appearing in public, that you have an authentic and clear goal, and that you make in advance, before the appearance, a clear decision that you will be the best in front of yourself, but also in front of others. She pointed out that fear of speaking in front of other people can be reduced through a set of questions that you need to ask yourself through which you can relativize, and get rid of unnecessary and useless thoughts, as well as the beliefs that may appear prior to the performance.

At the end of the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to exercise, under experts’ guidance, their own public appearance skills in front of the camera. The workshop was organized by USAID's Justice Activity in BiH, which has been supporting the strengthening of transparency in the work of the prosecutor's offices in BiH for five years, and strengthening the capacity of prosecutors to establish better relations with citizens and the media.