Saturday, September 13, 2008

Expat Harem Editor Jennifer Gökmen Coaches Extreme Sport: Public Speaking
If you ask Jennifer Gökmen, Speech & Debate is an extreme sport. Perhaps it isn’t death-defying, but an estimated 75% of the world’s population fear it...sometimes more than death, according to Wikipedia. The sheer adrenaline rush often gained by standing in front of a crowd and having to express one’s self certainly can make it feel like an extreme sport!

So, who is she coaching? Gökmen is training the middle school and high school students on the Speech & Debate team of Istanbul International Community School. The world’s oldest international school, IICS is a member of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association which oranizes intramural events for the region’s international schools. The first Speech & Debate Tournament will be held in Budapest in November.

Gökmen brings to the team her experience as a former television host on Turkey’s TRT channel and as co-founder of the Istanbul chapter of Toastmaster's International... not to mention her experience as a former high school forensics team member herself!

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