TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Spokesperson for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Mark Zimmer is invited by the News Center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, on May 6, to talk about his role as a spokesperson and his experience in public diplomacy.
“I also feel very pleased to be able to talk to you. I know most of you are doing media and broadcasting on campus,” said Zimmer.
“Journalism and media is very important and Taiwan is lucky to have a free press within the democracy,” according to Zimmer who assumed duties as the Spokesperson for the AIT in 2012.
The Director of NCKU News Center Alex Tang attended the event and encouraged the student anchors to apply for the upcoming AIT Environmental Leadership Camp in this summer.
Zimmer shared his diplomatic experience, saying that his profession, as a spokesperson, public diplomat and government press official is to advocate for the government policy and correct misinformation.
Zimmer became a Foreign Service Officer in July 2002, and had worked at U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China; U.S. Embassy in Singapore and Nairobi, Kenya.
He also told the students that the role of press office is to interact with the media, news monitoring, outreach campaign, and crisis communications.
In his talk, Zimmer pointed out the importance of so called soft power and had students express their ideas about AIT’s approach to allow people in Taiwan to get exposure to AIT.
In Q&A section, students asked questions like the challenges of being a spokesperson, the differences between China and Taiwan, and the suggestions for future diplomat.
Zimmer answered students’ questions and encouraged them to continue the good work that they are doing.
When asking about how to give a good speech, Zimmer said, If you get comfortable with the subject matter and you practice a lot. Then, you’ll be fluent and effortless in your speech.