2012 I'd Rather Die Than Speak in Public
According to national surveys, fear of public speaking ranks among Americans' top dreads, often surpassing the fear of death itself. Since everybody is, in one way or another, a public speaker, this means there are a lot of people harboring that fear. Whether you are a Director presenting to your University's Board of Governors or an Editor-in-Chief serving on a panel at AAUP or a Marketing Assistant engaging with authors and customers at a conference you need to communicate effectively. You make a living in support of the written word, often via the spoken word—to donors, buyers, sales reps, administrators, peers, media, the general public, and others. It's not always easy but you can be put at ease. This session will make the task less challenging by looking at public speaking and engagement with a professional actor's focus: script, rehearsal, stage setting, sound, lights, reading the audience—even costume and makeup. You'll learn practical tips that will increase your confidence and your professionalism. Promising to be a useful, stress-reducing and even fun experience, this session even offers a 'money-back guarantee'—the presenter offers $5.00 to every participant who claims to have gotten no 'takeaway'. Don't miss it!
Chair: Jane Hoehner, Director, Wayne State University Press
Panelists: Dennis Moore, Public Affairs Officer at the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit
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