Public Speaking Skills for Progressive Leadership

Saturday, February 03 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM [EST]

104 W. 14th St, New York, NY, United States


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Event Information

Saturday, February 03 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM [EST]

About the Event

Current events got you fired up? Inspired by the Women’s March? Want to get involved but don’t know where to start? This three-hour workshop will give you the skills you need to speak up and advocate for the things you care about.

Topics will include:

  • Being heard: Vocal techniques that command attention, maximize understanding and establish expertise.
  • Owning the room: The biomechanical qualities of confidence.
  • Connecting with the audience: It isn’t about you. It’s about them.
  • Making it memorable: Structuring your information and using engaging language.
  • Authenticity: Leveraging your own experience and excitement about a topic.
  • Speaking with authority: Tactics for demonstrating expertise and showing leadership.
  • Taking off & landing: Effective ways to start and finish.

This is an interactive event. All participants will get an opportunity for customized feedback and guidance.

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About the Organizer

This workshop will be led by Melissa Collom, a professional opera singer who has performed on many of the United States’ most celebrated stages. Opera News has called her an “expert raconteur” and the New York Times has praised her “appealing amber mezzo.” Her work as a presentation coach combines performance training with cognitive science to help speakers unlock the unique power of their own voices. Melissa applies her communication skills in non-profit and political arenas at local, regional and national levels. Her political engagement work ranges from the President's staff at the national headquarters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to the political satire ensemble Billionaires for Bush which has been featured on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Daily Show. She has been a featured speaker at the Write/Speak/Code conference for women in tech and Pivotal Labs' Lunchtime Talk series. She is a national trainer for the New Leaders Council.