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

 

CURRENT OFFERINGS

University of Alberta One-Day Seminars

Group Class Level 1 – Public Speaking for Beginners and the Truly Terrified

NEW: University of Alberta Faculty of Extension One-Day Seminars

I have teamed up with the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension to bring you two all-new one-day professional development seminars! These seminars are perfect for people looking to gain serious communication skills but who don’t have the time for a longer in-person course. Each seminar is a full day of instruction and activity, located in Enterprise Square in downtown Edmonton.

Seminar 1: Persuasive Communication

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.

COURSE DATES

November 18, 2019 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

March 9, 2020 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Seminar 2: Developing & Leveraging Executive Presence

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.

COURSE DATES

November 25, 2019 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

March 16, 2020 (9:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Level 1: Public Speaking for Beginners & the Truly Terrified

Next round of classes starts January 7, 2020.

Registration will open in early November

 Want to make sure you get a seat? Get a head start on registering for the January 2020 class – contact me directly at lauren@laurensergy.com and ask to be put on the Advanced Notice List!
  • 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,
  • 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.

Class dates and time

This 8 session program meets on Tuesday evenings once every two weeks from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Dates for the Winter 2020 classes are:

January 7 & 21; February 4 & 18; March 3, 17, & 31; and April 14

Registration is for all 8 classes.

Location:

NorQuest College, 10215 108 St NW, Edmonton AB .

Singhmar Centre for Learning, Room 3-114 (TENTATIVE)

Fees:

Fees for this course are $629 + 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.