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Intro to Public Speaking

Effective Presentations is a two-part course that runs on Wednesday, May 28th from 6:30-8:30pm and Wednesday, June 4th from 6:30-8:30pm.

Three out of four Americans have a fear of public speaking, which includes talking in front of small groups, large groups, and as part of a panel. Because of this, many people try to avoid it altogether, which can act like an anchor on the career of technical people like engineers, programmers, and statisticians. 

The fear can hinder their chances for advancement. In this class, we’ll examine why people feel this fear, but more importantly, we’ll go over actionable advice on how to turn the nervous energy into performance energy. You’ll learn the tactics and skills to feel comfortable in any "storytelling" situation, how to share a presentation task with others, and how to feel at ease during question and answer sections. 

By the end of the class, you will have developed a short talk
that demonstrates your new skills. Special emphasis will be given on how to present experimental results to a non-expert audience, and how to choose the best graph to illustrate your work, and how to avoid misleading or unreadable charts.


• Find effective ways to give talks of all kinds - short, 5-minute talks as members of a panel or shared presentation time, as well a longer talks showing results of your work projects. 

• You will become familiar with the problems that PowerPoint has introduced into 21st-century, how to avoid them, and how to use the advanced capabilities of presentation software to make you a confident, polished speaker. Numerical results require special skills, which you will now know.

Your Teacher: Lee Creighton, Ph.D., is the CEO and founder of Tada! Consulting LLC, which specializes in statistical and numerical discovery techniques and how to effectively communicate them in many situations. 

Dr. Creighton worked at SAS Institute for 14 years, where he did hundreds of presentations, coaching his peers on best practices. 

At the North Carolina General Assembly, he researched, wrote, and delivered talks to NCGA committees, Executive department members, and members of the Administrative Courts of North Carolina. In addition, he has taught Mathematics, Physics, Culinary Arts at high school, community college, and university levels. He is the author of four books: Regression using JMP, JMP Start Statistics, Applications of Linear Algebra, and Introduction aux plans d'expériences, which he also translated into English.

Tech Requirements: Your laptop. Note: A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute.

Refund policy: Your payment of $40 guarantees your seat in the entire course. Please note that we cannot issue refunds, since there's an overhead to issuing refunds via and we already offer the workshops at such a low cost. We put proceeds into the chapter fund, which we use as our scholarship fund.

Other Disclaimers: Our program and curriculum are geared toward adults over the age of 18; at this time we do not accept minors as students in our courses and workshops.

If you have any questions prior to registering, please contact us at [masked]

Our Sponsor: Deutsche Bank Global Technologies

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  • Sarah K.

    Hey everyone, Lee is looking for some blurbs about your experiences at the class. If you're interested in providing a blurb, please email him at [masked]

    June 9, 2014

    • Sarah K.

      Like a mini testimonial

      June 10, 2014

  • Sarah K.

    So glad you all enjoyed it! Would you be interested in a follow-up class?

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Rebecca H.

    Thanks again everyone! It was a great class. It is always awesome to meet such great people at Girl Develop It!

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Melissa

    Thanks! I learned a lot and also liked the interactivity!

    2 · June 5, 2014

  • Netty

    It was my first meetup with Girl Develop It. I loved the experience and it was a very interesting class.

    1 · June 4, 2014

  • Sarah K.

    For the presentations, we're dealing with a somewhat restrictive internet situation at the bank. To be absolutely safe, please email your slides to [masked] and I'll make sure we have everything up and running before the class

    May 29, 2014

  • Sarah K.

    Everyone, you can reach Lee at [masked]

    May 29, 2014

  • Robert G.

    Good 1st class.

    May 29, 2014

  • Keri G.

    Is it $40 for each class? I thought it was $40 for both, but I see now I'm only signed up for 1 class.

    May 15, 2014

    • Sarah K.

      Ok it looks like everything is ok- the class occurs on two evenings, meetup just added the option to make it repeat so that it'll be correct on everyone's calendar. But the price is $40 for both nights, so you are all set!

      May 17, 2014

    • Keri G.

      Great, thanks Sarah!

      May 17, 2014

  • Ellen L.

    Would love to go, but going to be out of town. :(

    May 15, 2014

    • Sarah K.

      bummer! hopefully this won't be the last public speaking class we'll be having :)

      May 15, 2014

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