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Meet Grand Final Judge, Maggie Alphonsi MBE

22 Nov 2021

On Monday 29th November, Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Finalists will take to the stage of the Cambridge Theatre and share their speeches for the last time in this competition. The job of the selecting a Grand Champion falls to a panel of VIP judges. They will use  The Communication Triangle of Content, Delivery and Structure to determine the winning speech of the evening.

We’ll be sharing who they are one by one so that you can get to know them and learn what they will be looking for in our Grand Finalists’ speeches. We are thrilled to share this news with you – let’s meet the judges! Maggie Alphonsi is a broadcaster. 

We asked Maggie; in your experience what does it mean to find your voice?

To have your voice means speaking freely and confidently. It means using your voice for good and being a voice for others.

Why is empowering young people important to you?

It’s important to empower young people because it makes them feel independent and in control of their own destiny.

What does communication mean to you?

Communication to me means speaking and listening. It means dialogue and conversing. It means sharing and giving. It’s means hearing and being heard.

Thinking about our young speakers, how can they provoke the change they want to see in the world?

They can provoke change by being the change they want to see. They must be leaders and show others how to lead.