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Monday, October 21 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Owning the Room: Painless Public Presenting Workshop with Alyson Connolly FILLING

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Public Speaking ranks as one of the highest anxiety producing experiences that most people will face. But it is also one of the keys to success for many people in business. You may be an expert in your field, but if you can’t communicate that expertise to others, it will remain your secret.

When you make presentations to clients, describe the future of your company to your employees, or even speak to colleagues around the water cooler, your public speaking skills can be the difference between success and failure. Your delivery and overcoming the anxiety of public speaking is the key to reaching your potential.

I treat public speaking as a performance. Just as an athlete gets keyed up when he/she is ready to perform, you must have a certain amount of energy when you get up in front of people to make your presentation. The goal is to control that energy through preparation, breathing techniques and understanding the psychology of the speaker/audience relationship.

Workshop - Owning the Room:

You know your product inside and out. You start your pitch to prospective buyers and you freeze forgetting what to say, so your pitch goes out the window. This workshop gives you techniques to take charge so you can speak with authority.

About Alyson Connolly, author of Public Speaking Skills for dummies:

I started out as a child actor, in the first musical that CTV ever produced: The Magic Trumpet. I pursued a BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta. I spent ten years as a professional actor, and began teaching during this time. In 2012, I returned to school in the Masters in Theatre Voice Pedagogy program at the University of Alberta.

My master’s thesis was on Performance Anxiety in Public Presenters. For two years I was immersed in courses as varied as Speech Science to research papers on the plasticity of the brain and the breath techniques of professional actors. It gave me a more complete understanding of the things that influence our voice, speech and presentation.

Whether a mid-level manager speaking to their team, a lawyer speaking to a jury, or a professor speaking to a lecture theatre, I want to bring joy to public speaking and help people like you find your voice so you can succeed on your own terms, just as I have.

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Monday October 21, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Startup Edmonton