Public Speaking for Nonprofits
Presenter: Laura Joyce. Laura Joyce is the Executive Director of the Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy. She has served as the Director of a number of nonprofits, but has also taught public speaking, speech-writing and many other courses on writing and presentation skills at the college level and to businesses, organizations and community groups. She has a Master's in speech communication from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she was an adjunct faculty member. She also taught speech courses at P.G. Community College for a number of years.
Description: Face it: you're probably a Glossophobe! Before you abandon all hope and pack your bags for life on a tropical island, consider this: you're in good company, since 75% of the general population puts the fear of public speaking at or near the top of their list of phobias. Even for those who aren't paralyzed by fear, writing a speech and delivering remarks in public can still be a very difficult challenge. Almost all of us have to speak in public at one time or another, though, and for nonprofit directors, administrators and other staff members, getting past the anxiety about having to give a speech can make a huge difference in your own success and the success of your organization. This fun course - yes, public speaking can be fun! - will provide tried-and-true methods for overcoming the anxiety and discomfort of speaking in front of a crowd, as well as simple, clear methods for putting together a speech that will meet your goals, resonate with your audience, and leave you feeling like an accomplished presenter.