Keep Calm & Fear Not: Public Speaking in the Workplace – 9/28/2017

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Date(s) - 09/28/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Forefront (Formerly Donors Forum)


Keep-Calm-&-Fear-NotSpeaking to groups of all sizes is inevitable in the workplace. Whether you lead tours, present at a conference, introduce speakers, welcome event attendees, train volunteers, or voice your opinion at a meeting, delivering your message with purpose and confidence reflects on your communication skills. When speaking publicly, you are a representative of your organization; not only does it reflect upon your skills as a professional but the image of your organization.

Join us for a workshop designed to give you best practices, tips, and strategies to build public speaking skills – without breaking a sweat – for regular work settings. The program will begin with a panel discussion, followed by breakout groups, and ending with networking. Each small group will be assigned to one of our panelists.

Because practice makes perfect, attendees should prepare to briefly speak on a topic of their choice (for example: introduce your organization’s mission, your elevator pitch, opening remarks at a fundraiser, etc.) to the group; the panelist along with your peers will provide you individual constructive feedback, allowing you to reflect on your style (and ticks) and later perfect your public speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

This workshop’s purpose is designed to boost your confidence and to provide tools and feedback on your current public speaking skills in day-to-day work scenarios; it is not focused on crafting and delivering a formal presentation or PowerPoint. However, when presenting, you can use public speaking strategies covered in this workshop to make your presentation most effective.

Meet the Presenters:

SC online headshotJanna Sobel teaches Storytelling and Improvisation at The Second City Training Center, where she co-created the Storytelling program. She is the Artistic Director and Host of Here Chicago, a beloved Chicago storytelling event that’s been playing to sold-out theaters for over 5 years. Janna privately coaches public speakers to help them develop relaxed, genuine, dynamic presence; from lawyers to leaders to TED Talkers to Moth Grand Slam winners. She has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for 72U, DDB Chicago, Columbia College, Rise and Organize, Young Chicago Authors, NetSuite, LinkedIn, Allstate Innovations Team, iO Chicago, Gilda’s Club, and many other organizations, and she is a respected Chicago storyteller herself.

Lauren SivakLauren Sivak is the Managing Director of 2nd Story. Since joining the team in 2014, Lauren has grown the organization’s fundraising event income by 300% and implemented a recurring donor campaign to increase individual giving. Under Lauren’s leadership, 2nd Story moved from its loft-office space in North Center to a storefront at the corner of Lawrence Ave. and Sacramento Ave. in Albany Park. Prior to accepting her position with 2nd Story, Lauren served as the Managing Director of Walkabout Theater Company. During her time with Walkabout she oversaw the rebranding of the company’s visual and online identity, co-produced The Wild as part of Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep 2014 Festival, and co-created the organization’s first ever fundraiser. Lauren received the Harry L. Davis Executive Education Scholarship for Nonprofit Leaders through the University of Chicago and has two certificates in Nonprofit Management from UIC.

Megan MiskiewiczMegan Miskiewicz, engages in creative writing and stand-up comedy in addition to her research on marriage economics in the context of romantic comedy film of the 1930s and 40s. She teaches Public Speaking and Academic Professionalization for Northwestern Mini Courses and graduated from Northwestern’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program in 2016.



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