Engage Your Audience: Persuasive Presentation Skills
Building community requires us to speak to groups of people! Sooner or later, you find yourself in front of others trying to engage them with your ideas and with each other. Some of us love the chance to talk before groups, but for many people public speaking is a challenge! Not only do we have to deal with nervousness, but we have to get people to really listen and understand. And most of us have had little or no training in speechmaking.
Let’s get on our feet and learn how to be more effective as persuasive, engaging speakers! This training is not “one size fits all.” The goal is to equip you with methods for increasing the impact of your own particular voice and communication style. Using a highly interactive approach, the workshop will address key strategies for:
- managing nervousness
- preparing effectively
- structuring content to be persuasive and motivational
- delivering presentations with confidence and animation
Public speaking is an active skill. You can’t learn it sitting down! During workshop, the instructor will coach some speeches as models for the group, but all participants will practice with peers and receive feedback. You can work on an actual presentation that is coming up for you – or you can work on a standard presentation to inform and engage others in your work. Everyone will leave with a presentation that is stronger than when you arrived!
Todd Fry has served as a teacher, leader, and social entrepreneur in Greater Boston for over 30 years. He directed LeadBoston for seven years and founded several leadership development programs for youth and adults, including The City School, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, and Mill Cities Leadership Institute. Since 2006 he has also worked with young genocide survivors in Rwanda to create organizations, programs, and businesses that boost youth resilience and leadership. Todd graduated from Northwestern University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Education. He provides communication and leadership development coaching for a variety of clients, including SVB Leerink, Enterprise Bank, St. Mark’s School, Tufts University Gordon Institute, and the Business Professionals Network in Rwanda.