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James gained his love of public speaking from the mentors in his Rostrum meeting.

 darrenName: James Phillip

State and Club number: VIC, Collingwood 6

I have dearly missed the weekly catchups of Rostrum Club 6 on Wednesday nights. It was 11 years ago that I first joined as a 14 year old and met Phillip the coach and the rest of the crew. Little did I know then how formative he and the club would have been on my life.

I had a pretty good understanding then that maths or science was not my forte, to say the least, so it was in a pursuit to find another that I joined Rostrum at the invitation of a friend, Mac.

I quickly became fond of public speaking and learnt from Phil and Mac the fine art of delivering a speech and the powerful skill set that comes from it.

From the basics of PREP (point, reason, example, point) through to the chairing of a meeting, I reflect on how valuable yours and others investments of time in me have helped me grow into being able to do what I’ve always loved which is public policy. I use these skills every day. 

A particularly fond memory I have was Phil's masterful hand in helping me compete at a Rostrum event held at the Rosstown pub in Malvern, speaking to the topic ‘the ride of my life’. Alas, I didn’t formally win the evening but it had to be up there with one of the most challenging but in the end rewarding tasks to speak off the cuff for more than ten minutes in an adjudicated competition. I still have that car I spoke about!

A few years ago after my unsuccessful tilt for Parliament, I took up a job as a policy/political advisor to the Minister for Vocational Education in Canberra which took me away from Melbourne for more than three years. More recently I have moved back to Melbourne as the Chief of Staff to the Menzies Research Centre. 

Just thought I’d touch base and express my enormous gratitude for all of your time and effort in me, without which the career path I’ve chosen would be made impossible.

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