Corban student uses public speaking skills to promote life
Oregon Right to Life (ORTL) has a new face and voice to young adults in the fight against abortion.
Corban University communications major Kayli Moser is using the public speaking skills she learned during her advanced speech class with Marty Trammell, Ph.D., and sharing a message of life with high school students in the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond.
“I’m passionate about pro-life causes and wanted to help in any way I could,” Moser said. “I feel like God has given me the gift of public speaking and I wanted to use that.”
After meeting with ORTL Executive Director Gayle Atteberry and ORTL Education Foundation Director Kate Ewald, Moser was able to combine her talents and passion into a full internship opportunity. However, she doesn’t simply walk into a school and deliver a message. The internship demands much more of her time and energy.
“It’s practice, practice, practice,” she said. She has to memorize 50 minutes worth of information, yet deliver her speeches off the top of her head.
“I don’t get nervous for public speaking, but this was so different,” she said. “I just asked God to give me the courage. Now that I have done a few presentations, I’m so glad I’m learning this style.” Atteberry said the organization has had many interns over the years, but never one in this role.
“She has great qualifications and a strong desire to share our message,” she said. “The students respond to her not only because she is closer to their age, but because she is gentle and kind, but at the same time firm.” While Moser came into the internship as a confident public speaker, Atteberry noted Moser’s confidence and knowledge have soared since she started.
Once she graduates with the class of 2014, Moser hopes to pursue a career as a motivational speaker.
“It has been straight up amazing,” she said about her internship. “It is such a rush because it is such a passion.”
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