Opening up the program today was returning guest Sheryl Nicholson. As a top rated speaker and author, Sheryl Nicholson, has earned her Certified Speaking Professional designation that is given to the top 5% in the industry. Clients include The CIA, Government agencies, and emerging businesses and she is considered a people productivity expert who develops people skills – often mistakenly called “soft skills” that she called instead POWER SKILLS. She was in studio today to talk about how to improve your speaking and presentation skills starting with a discussion on how she caters her talks to her client’s needs. Many speakers have a few keynote speeches ready to use but she does not take that direction, again customizing her speeches to meet the audience she is talking to. She shares with us a number of techniques to ease yourself on stage including “hooking” whereby you cross your arms, hook your fingers under your elbows, breathe and imagine a scene that makes you happy and thus “hook” yourself to that location. This will relax and ease you into your speaking presentation. She also discussed how to anchor yourself to a position on stage and avoid crossing the stage during your presentation. Some speakers are known for their on stage movements but unless you are moving throughout a crowd, the effect is often to minimize your impact. Regarding questions, she recommends the speaker to have the audience text in questions throughout the discussion and then you can pick and choose what questions to incorporate into your discussion too. With over 30 years of speaking experience, Sheryl can be contacted for your next speaking engagement. Get in touch with her at 727-678-6707 or email@example.com and learn more at www.sheryl.com!
At 7:30, we welcomed Susan Garrett, Program Director from the St. Petersburg College Workforce Institute. The SPC’s Workforce Institute is the non-degree seeking department of the college and focuses on professional training and certifications. They offer training in 85 industry recognized certifications in high-demand business sectors such as Information and Innovative Technologies, Manufacturing, Business and Finance, Health Care, Supply Chain, and Public Safety. The department works with new students first on an assessment to help them identify a career path for those unsure. Once enrolled, students can take advantage of a variety of benefits including Job Preparation and Placement, Resume Assistance, Interview Preparation, LinkedIn profile development, Job Search Strategies and more. Available funding sources for students that were discussed were WIOA, Youth Connect, and the Pinellas Opportunity Council. The department also offers corporate training for companies who want to train groups of employees.
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