Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New workshop: Public speaking & presenting for introverts, 11/27

I'll never forget the day I went to a lunch session to see another speaker coach talk about her services and approach. During the Q&A, an audience member asked what sounded like a perfectly reasonable question to me: "What do you do when you're training an introvert?"

"Oh," said the coach, "if you're introverted, I really can't help you. Next question?"

That coach must have believed one of the biggest myths about public speaking, that introverts aren't good at it and don't want to try.

After training thousands of people, many of them introverted, I'd answer that question a different way. Introverts can be great at public speaking, and they're not impossible to coach. But both the introvert and the coach need to approach speaker and presentation training differently, using introverts' special advantages well and avoiding the situations that work for extroverts but don't suit introverts. This session is specially designed so that you:
  • Don't have to do all the talking, sharing and demonstrating--unless you want to;
  • Do learn about the special advantages introverts have as speakers and presenters;
  • Don't waste time learning tactics that only work for extroverts;
  • Do learn how to prepare for your next speech or presentation, without over-preparing;
  • Don't say yes to presentation logistics that work against you as an introvert; and
  • Do hear the data, research findings and tactics that work best for introverts, from how to interrupt effectively to how to plan a presentation that won't sap your energy.
I'm really making an effort to create a workshop where introverts can feel comfortable, so that the setting is as productive for you as the content. For example, spaces are limited in this session, to keep it manageable for all of us--and so you can get a word in edgewise, if you want to do so. You'll get lunch, break refreshments and a follow-up email full of links, videos, books and resources that you can refer to again and again after the session, and a good network of fellow introverts seeking speaking and presenting skills.

This workshop will take place on Tuesday, November 27, in Washington, DC, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Our workshop location is at Metro Center, very close to public transportation (and for out-of-towners, it's a stop that is convenient even if you are coming to DC on a train or from the airport).

Early registration gets you a significant discount: Sign up by November 2 and pay just $300 for the day; after that, it's $350. All registration closes November 16 at midnight ET, or when all seats are filled. I hope you'll be able to join me for this new workshop--and that you'll share it with a few fellow introverts.