The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has a unique and exciting new professional development opportunity for you with our next Creative Notebook Series!
Have you ever experienced anxiety when you’ve been faced with speaking in public, making a presentation, speaking to clients, customers, or your boss or team? Perhaps, you’ve landed that important job interview and you are anxious about how to present yourself in the best light?
You are not alone.
Fear of public speaking is experienced by at least 73% of all people!
You have an authentic presence, and you can learn tools to fully access it, whenever you need or want to – public speaking or job interviews – and more! No matter whether you are a creative, entrepreneur, or you are looking for the job of a lifetime!
This workshop is for you!
If you’re like most people with a fear of public speaking, you’ve searched online, read books, and gotten all kinds of tips.
But this workshop is different.
Spoken Strong is a method which builds personal internal and external tools through a series of activities based on positive psychology, self-efficacy, and mindfulness. Through understanding and practice, you will be able to achieve mindful presence, and directly connect that presence to your interactions and personal effectiveness.
Spoken Strong is a method, not just tips to be a better public speaker – it’s a complete and effective program.
In other words, you will learn how to leverage these tools to effectively build self-efficacy, reduce stressors, and identify “key points of light” within your own presence.
Create new and positive mental feedback loops.
You will learn and practice exercises using your body language to create changes of mind, thus creating new, positive mental feedback loops.
You’ll experience whole-person integrated learning!
Participants will connect the learning from the first three outcomes to specific voice and body language practice. This includes, but is not limited to, breathing, tone, intonation and inflection, posture, gesture, eye contact, and stillness vs. movement.
Connect with your intended audience.
You will also learn about the importance of understanding the needs of your intended audience, and how that knowledge can connect to the internal and external tools you now have.
Nothing short of amazing!
In summary, you’ll learn about the importance and value of “Body to Mind Connectors” in reducing the stress of public speaking. Through activities, practice and group reflection, these connectors will become a key piece of your takeaway that will help you to continue your personal development going forward.
We hope to see you at the workshop! Please register here: For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/CAWCTSPOKENSTRONG
P.S. This participatory workshop meets Thursdays 4-6 pm, September 5, 12, 19, 26th
Attending all four sessions is not a requirement, however, it is highly suggested to maximize impact, as participants will have access to all 4 components of the method by attending.
Session One: “The Intro, and The Mindful Drop-In”
Date: Thursday September 5, 2019 Time: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Session Two: “The Internal Toolkit”
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Session Three: “The External Toolkit”
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Session Four: “The Body to Mind Connectors”
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
About Jessica H. Smith, MA:
- This workshop includes a combination of learning and activities, in a Team-Based Learning style. Participants should come prepared to move around the room and engage in group activities.
- Please arrive 10 minutes early to each session. Metered parking is available on the street (tip: downloading the “ParkMobile” app in advance is quite helpful and makes paying the meters very easy). Additional parking may be found in the following municipal paid parking lots: Parking garage at 10 Library Place / Patriot Garage at 1 Patriot Place.
Jessica Smith is a proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory and William James College, and before becoming an organizational psychologist, worked for many years in theater as a vocal coach, director, and teacher. After completing her graduate work, Jessica blended her passions for performance, positive psychology and self-efficacy, and for developing strong and personally effective presence, to create the Spoken Strong method.
Jessica brings her performance and theater expertise, blended with a career of presentation coaching, all driven by underpinnings of positive psychology and self-efficacy, to professionals and groups looking to strengthen their public speaking and presentation skills, and build communication and psychological safety. She has specifically developed the Spoken Strong method, to help professionals, entrepreneurs, and all individuals understand the tools they have within themselves, and to harness positive psychology, to bring their best to every presentation.