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Workshops and Classes

Want to improve your presentation and communication skills in a focused, fun, challenging environment?  Register for a class or workshop!

*NEW COURSE! Public Speaking Level II: Advanced Techniques*

Scroll down to learn about Public Speaking Level II: Advanced Technique

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR BEGINNERS AND THE TRULY TERRIFIED

WINTER 2018 CLASS IS FULL!

Did you miss out on this terms' class? I'll be running Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified again starting in September 2018.

Contact me at lauren@laurensergy.com to get on the Advanced Registration notice list and get first crack at registering for the Fall term class.

 

Does the idea of giving a presentation make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you need to give talks for your work but don’t know where to begin? Do you spend more time worrying about your presentations than working on them?

"Lauren is an outgoing, kind, and knowledgeable public speaking coach. I completed her class in Summer 2017 and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to improve their public speaking skills, strengthen their presence, and build confidence. Lauren's classes helped me gain a better understanding of why I had an irrational fear of public speaking; she walked me through tactics and strategies that enabled me to manage and overcome those fears. If you're looking for a safe space to work on your public speaking skills, I would definitely enroll in one of her workshops!"

-Joanne Lieu, Associate Director of Principle Gifts, Office of Advancement, University of Alberta

"Lauren is a skilled public speaker, tremendous coach, and great teacher. I took a public speaking group class with Lauren in Winter, 2014. After each session, I left feeling more confident in my skills and brimming with new ideas to improve presentations I was currently working on. Lauren actively helps her students in a way that doesn’t make anyone feel uneasy. She also follows up her classes with incredibly valuable one-on-one lessons, which could be used at any time. I would definitely recommend Lauren to anyone—whether you’re looking to completely overhaul your public speaking skills or just ‘brush up’ your presentations." 
-Breanne F

You are a driven, passionate business professional or entrepreneur who knows that public speaking plays a key role in your success.  You are ready to take the plunge and get started on your journey to becoming a confident, powerful public speaker.  Now if only you could stop that queasy, shaky feeling that comes whenever you think about standing up to give a presentation…

 

If this sounds familiar, then Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified

 is the class for you!

 

"Lauren delivers a solid framework for getting over your fear of public speaking!"
-Nyssa Cromwell, Owner of Nyche Marketing

Join fellow professionals for an in-person 8 class journey through the foundational skills of public speaking. This small class is restricted to 8 participants, ensuring a supportive environment with lots of individual attention and feedback.

Regardless whether you are a complete newbie at presenting or have some experience giving talks but are still shaking with speaker’s anxiety, you will drastically shift your skills and gain confidence through competence.

This course is practical, challenging, empowering, and even – dare I say it – fun! 

Over the course of 8 classes, you will learn and hone key public speaking skills including:

  • overcoming panic and calming the physical symptoms of stage fright,
  • key vocal techniques to speak with greater strength and ease,
  • creating and maintaining a clear, focused message,
  • memory and content creation techniques to free you from relying on notes or scripts,
  • learning how to receive and deliver helpful, meaningful critique,
  • strategies for dealing with and answering questions from the audience,
  • adjusting your mindset so that you can approach speaking with positive, reasonable, realistic expectations

I care deeply about your success, and offer additional support for my group class participants. You will have access to four additional one-on-one telephone coaching calls as well as email support while the class is running. Worried that you might have to miss a class? No problem, it happens - you can use your one-on-one calls to get caught up on any class content you missed.

"Thanks Lauren for all your help! You’ve been great because you actually teach me how to apply the knowledge I've gained in real world scenarios. Your "drills" really work! I’m a much more capable speaker now than I was before. On top of that, I really appreciate how you tailor your sessions to what will help me the most in my business at the present moment."
 -Uzair Ahmed, Co-Founder and President at InstaMek

CLASS STARTS TUESDAY, JANUARY 9. This 8 session program meets once every two weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 

Specific class dates: Jan 9 & 23, Feb 6 & 20, Mar 6 & 20, and Apr 3 & 17. Registration is for all 8 classes.

Location: Concrete Theatre, #102, 10033 80 Ave Edmonton, AB.  Classes take place in the Treehouse Boardroom

Fees for this course are $597 (+ GST).

CLASS FULL! Contact me at lauren@laurensergy.com to get on the Advanced Notice list for the Fall Term class.

To ensure that everyone gets individual attention and practice time, class is limited to 8 participants.

I'm happy to discuss the course with you and answer any questions or concerns.

 Email me at lauren@laurensergy.com or call me directly at 780-966-2401.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING LEVEL II: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES -

Only 3 spaces left!

 

Ready to up your presentation game and take your speaking skills to the next level?

After each session of Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified, class participants ask me when I'll have a 'Level II' course for them. Well, that time is now!  After much planning and deliberation, I'm opening up registration for Public Speaking Level II: Advanced Techniques.

This course is for people who have a good grip on their nerves, aren't afraid to rip apart their content, and are ready to take on the challenge of becoming more persuasive and compelling speakers. In this class, we go beyond managing anxiety, voice work, and organizing our talks - that was level 1. Now we get into the nuts and bolts of developing the strategies and style to become a truly powerful, persuasive, and compelling speaker.

This class is for leaders, professionals, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and up-and-comers. It's for people who want to create powerful content, command a room, and change people's minds. 

 

"[Lauren] changed how I make and give presentations. The last presentation I gave at a large global health conference woke them up...people said they hadn't seen anything like it!"
-Dr. Zubia Mumtaz, Program Director & Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta 

In a class of up to 8 driven individuals, you'll dig deep into the strategies and techniques required for powerful presentations and speeches. We will be covering both content strategy and performance technique, including:

  • Persuasive appeals
  • Storytelling technique
  • Oratory
  • Dynamic performance

We will be doing a lot of practical application and performance/presentation review and critique in this class, so be prepared to workshop your content, experiment with your style, and push the boundaries of your delivery!

This class is intended for people who are comfortable presenting in front of an audience, have some presentation experience, or have been through my Level 1 (Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified) program.

Not sure if you should be in Level 2 or Level 1? Please call me at 780-966-2401; I'll be happy to chat with you about your existing skills, your goals, and what you need to achieve with your speeches or presentations.

 

"I very much enjoyed the enthusiasm which Lauren brings to what she teaches. If you are like me and learn by practice and immediate constructive feedback then this is the course for you. The course Lauren offers is tailored more to your own personal needs, strengths and weaknesses and this is what makes the course so unique and valuable to me. I am so pleased that I chose it and can now integrate it into my every day life. I own my right to speak my mind at the same time with the ability to value and engage with my audience at the same time." 
-Stephanie Sonneman, Associate Director CFS Equipment Finance, Alberta Treasury Branch

CLASS STARTS TUESDAY, JANUARY 16. This 8 session program meets once every two weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 

Specific class dates: Jan 16 & 30, Feb 13 & 27, Mar 13 & 27, and Apr 10 & 24. Registration is for all 8 classes.

Location: Concrete Theatre, #102, 10033 80 Ave Edmonton, AB.  Classes take place in the Treehouse Boardroom

Fees for this course are $597 (+ GST).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

You can also register by calling me directly at 780-966-2401.

 

To ensure that everyone gets individual attention and practice time, class is limited to 8 participants.

Note: Only 3 spaces left - register today to reserve your seat!

I'm happy to discuss the course with you and answer any questions or concerns.

 Email me at lauren@laurensergy.com or call me directly at 780-966-2401.

Classes are a great way to learn new skills while getting plenty of opportunity to practice in front of fellow learners. I offer both in-person and online group classes that address a variety of skills, from getting your feet wet with public speaking to becoming an amazing off-the-cuff speaker to creating killer content for your presentations.  Workshops give you an intensive burst of skill development, letting you hone a particular presentation or technique over the course of just a few days.  Generally limited to between 8 and 10 people, I will work with you and your fellow participants in an intimate setting that encourages fast learning, active skill growth, personalized coaching, and valuable peer feedback.

I work with people in the Edmonton, Alberta region and beyond.  In-person and distance/online services are available.



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