18 and older
This class is open to women and non-binary people.
Public speaking is feared more than death. We spend so much time preparing WHAT we are going to say that we fail to focus on the HOW. What does it take to make wooing a crowd look easy? And even if you don’t fear public speaking – are you good at it, or have you had an audience look through you?
Public speaking used to be accepted as a difficult skill possessed by and necessary for only a select few professions. All that has quickly changed over the past decade. TED Talks, once an exclusive closed room conference has become mainstream and watched by millions. Today, whatever your profession, the ability to stand in front of an audience and express your ideas and accomplishments, is not just admired but expected.
In this class, you’ll learn basic presentation skills essential to being a more interesting, present and focused speaker. We’ll practice activities and learn warm-ups that will not only build confidence but address that fear of public speaking and begin to teach the skills necessary to become an engaging speaker. Students also have the option (not required!) to bring a 90 second to 2-minute presentation they are working on to workshop in class, and all students receive individualized feedback from our facilitators.
While we understand that life happens, we ask that you attend each session in a multi-week session, unless extreme life circumstances mean that you absolutely must make up a date during a future session. Our multi-week sessions are structured to allow the class participants to grow together, and inconsistent attendance and drop-ins make the awesome bonding that happens a little harder!