Get to the point! How to coach your speakers—and yourself—to make points clearly and convincingly through effective public speaking techniques
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Great public speakers aren't born; they're trained. Leveraging his professional and competitive experience, Joel Schwartzberg, senior director of strategic and executive communications for the ASPCA, will share nuts-and-bolts techniques for becoming a more confident and competent public speaker. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice what they've learned and participate in skill-building exercises that connect with their expertise.
- Identify, sharpen and effectively sell a point
- Captivate and engage an audience
- Use "Power Periods," volume and pauses to enhance points
- Walk, gesture and position one's body to convey strength
- Avoid weak habits like uptalk, vocal fry, and power fail
- Interact effectively with both notes and PowerPoint presentations
- Mitigate public speaking anxiety
Joel Schwartzberg is senior director of strategic and executive communications for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). He also teaches public presentation classes for clients including American Express, Comedy Central, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the American Jewish Committee. Joel won the 1990 U.S. Championship in After-Dinner Speaking, the 1990 Massachusetts Championship in Persuasive Speaking and was ranked among the top ten public speakers in America. After coaching public speaking teams at colleges, including the University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hall University, Joel was inducted into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame in 2002. His new book, “Get to the Point!” will be published by Berrett-Koehler in October 2017. @thejoeltruth