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ISAE 2018 February Luncheon
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When: Monday, February 26, 2018
11:30 AM
Where: Scheels
3801 S MacArthur Blvd
Springfield 62711

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What You Already Know About Public Speaking  



Session Description: 

Everyone recognizes a good public speaker when they see and hear one.  What does thspeaker do to get and keep our attention? If you think about it, you may already know.  Together, we will identify the elements of effective public speaking. Does it make you nervous to speak in front of an audience? When we examine the science behind the fear of public speaking, we understand it is a normal human response, making it easier to overcome.  

The session will include a fun interactive exercise to help practice the skills we have identified.  There will also be a brief history and description of Toastmasters International, upon whose educational program the session is based. 

Learning objectives:

1.)  Attendees will learn why it is normal to be nervous when speaking in front of an audience.  

2.)  Attendees will learn about the identifiable skills that make up good public speaking.  

3.)  Attendees will learn why the skills needed for good public speaking are improved with practice.  

About the speaker:

Kathy Brennan has been employed as a special education teacher, computer systems programmer/analyst, and State of Illinois policy writer. Kathy joined Toastmasters after retiring in 2014 to gain practice in speaking before audiences. She presently enjoys humorous writing and speaking, as well as performing stand-up comedy in the Springfield area. Kathy also volunteers with Pure Haven Family Resource Center, and DDHomes Parent & Guardian group.    

Kathy Brennan is President of Capital City Toastmasters, and Vice President of Education for Montgomery County Toastmasters. There are no other relevant nonfinancial disclosures.

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