10 session session program. Classes are ongoing, and students can attend on days that are convenient for them. We meet Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6:30-8:00p, Thursdays at 6:00-7:00pm and Saturdays at 10:00-11:30am.
This class is designed to conquer your fear in public speaking through an extensive step by step activities covering specific situations such as formal presentation, group discussion, and business meeting.
Overcome public speaking fear with gradual exposure, in a supportive environment. They have been helping professionals, with moderate to severe public speaking issues, become dynamic, confident communicators in virtually any speaking environment.
The 100% success rate over 20 years for best man, and maid of honor speeches is just one indication of our effectiveness. But, whatever the challenge, (formal presentation, group discussion, business meeting, sales confrontation, employment interview) the program is customized to fit your needs.
Housed in a non-threatening environment in a residential building, the ongoing schedule allows you to start at any time. Average class size is 10 - 20, with each individual allotted sufficient time to work on exercises, laid out in manageable steps, from the course Workbook, the emphasis on incremental practice, not performance, and anxiety monitoring, guarantees each step is challenging yet manageable.
Gradual Exposure Program Outline for Public Speaking Anxiety:
Session One - Get comfortable hearing your voice in public by responding to very simple questions while seated. The questions (i.e., name, occupation, where you live, etc.) require little thought or content.
Session Two - Learning to stand confidently before a group. You will stand, with several others and respond to simple questions. As your confidence increases, one by one, each person standing will sit, until you are standing alone. You will continue until this begins to feel comfortable.
Session Three- This exercise is the same as the previous one except you start by standing alone.
Session Four - Gestures and Movement. Enhance your message, decrease tension and project a confident demeanor incorporating non-verbal skills.
Session Five - Implement the skills learned in the session four by relating a personal experience using gestures and movement to enhance your narrative.
Session Six - Respond to Questions. Open the floor to questions on a topic of choice.
Session Seven - Impromptu Speaking. Learn to organize and deliver an unprepared (no notes) talk.
Session Eight - Prepared Speech (Instructor Guided). Learn the secret of outlining and presenting a prepared speech with minimal effort or stress.
Session Nine - Prepared Speech. Outline and deliver a speech unassisted. Once you have mastered the above you can begin simulating all manner of interpersonal and public communication including:
- Persuasive Speaking
- Panel Discussion
- Conflict Resolution
- Defending your Position
- Initiating and Sustaining Conversation
- As well as many others
Materials: It is highly recommended that you purchase the $25 companion e-book that comes with this class. A link to purchase the e-book will be provided upon signup.
Location: @Ripley Grier Studios 131 W72nd street
Note: The program can be tailored to your particular needs. For example: work related exercise can be stimulated for those facing presentations in the workplace. Classes are ongoing, and students can attend on days that are convenient for them.
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Public Speaking Center of NY
@Ripley Grier Studios 131 West 72nd street
Charles di Cagno the New York Center originator, current supervisor and group facilitator in Manhattan, is also director of Social Phobia and Public Speaking Anxiety at The White Plains Hospital Phobia Clinic. He trained directly under Dr. Manuel Zane (Your Phobia), founder of the world renowned Phobia Clinic at White Plains Hospital and considered one of the leading experts in phobia therapy. He has a B.A. in Speech, an M.S. from Pace University and is a CTM and Mentor with Toastmasters International as well as a graduate of the Dale Carnegie school for public speaking. Along with his private practice, he teaches regularly at theOpen Center in Manhattan. He is also an active theater producer/director and acting instructor. He studied drama with the late Stella Adler (Marlon Brando and Robert DeNiro are among her many renowned students) and William Hickey. But most importantly, he understands the problem having suffered with it himself for many years. He says "I am convinced, with the right attitude and proper guidance, you too can make the same advances I have."