Improve your Public Speaking and Communication Skills

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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 hold public classes in the Edmonton, Alberta area and am available for custom corporate training sessions across North America.  In-person and distance/online services are available.

 

Upcoming Courses, Workshops, and Seminars

Group Course (Level 1): Public Speaking for Beginners & the Truly Terrified

Next round of classes starts September 8, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 Course will be held ONLINE via Zoom Meetings.

Class is limited to 8 participants.

  • 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 need more skill in impromptu speaking or prepared presentations…or both?
  • Do you want to add more polish and panache to your presentations?

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!

All About This Class

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 with speaking and presentations, you will learn new techniques and approaches that 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,
  • Performance techniques for both in-person AND video conference environments, including key verbal, vocal, and non-verbal strategies
  • creating and maintaining a clear, focused message,
  • memory and content creation techniques to free you from relying on notes or scripts,
  • 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.

Class dates and time

This 8 session program meets once every two weeks from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Mountain Time

CLASS DATES:  September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 17, December 1 & 15

You are registering for all 8 classes.

Location: Online via Zoom Meetings

Due to COVID-19, I am running the Fall 2020 class online via Zoom. Online training is a core part of my business, and I can guarentee that you’ll get an outstanding experience in this format, complete with practice, individual live coaching, and yes…lots of impromptu and prepared speaking!

Links to the Zoom meetings will be emailed to participants before the course starts.

Fees:

Fees for this course are $629 CDN + GST

Certificates of completion are available on request.

Got questions? 

Contact me at lauren@laurensergy.com if you’d like more information or have any questions. I’m happy to discuss the course with you to see if it is a good fit for your public speaking goals.

NEW! Self-paced online course: Making The Most of Video Conferencing

Need to polish your video conference skills?

For more polish, confidence, and effectiveness in virtual meetings, join Making the Most of Video Conferencing – a self-paced mini-course that will have you putting your best foot forward in online meetings and presentations.

Public Seminars via University of Alberta Faculty of Extension

Univeristy of Alberta - Online Seminar: Persuasive Communication (EXGEN 5362)

  • Online Seminar Dates: November 16, 18, & 20, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Online delivery – 3 live online sessions

Persuasion is a core professional skill, underpinning much of our communication. In this seminar, you will learn fundamental aspects of persuasion and how to apply them to become more convincing in presentations, arguments, and conversations. Topics covered will include fundamental persuasive appeals, how to context and bias modify persuasion, critical rhetorical tools, methods for leveraging the right tool or technique at the right time, and methods of developing and defending strong arguments.

Fees: $395

Click here to register for Persuasive Communication through the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension

Univeristy of Alberta - Online Seminar: Developing and Leveraging Executive Presence (EXGEN 5363)

  • Online Seminar Dates: November 30, December 2 & 4, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Online Delivery – 3 live online sessions

Executive Presence (EP) is a combination of the way we speak, look, and behave that helps others perceive us as competent and authoritative. This highly desirable trait can be crafted and leveraged to give you greater poise and impact on your work. We will explore key traits, behaviours, and mindset needed to project a strong and authentic presence. You will be taught practical methods for cultivating these traits, including activities you can incorporate into everyday work and life.

Fees: $395

Click here to register for Developing and Leveraging Executive Presence through the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension