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Spoken Strong Workshop: Unlock Your Authentic Presence, for Presenting or S...

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Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

287 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810

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Have you ever experienced anxiety when faced with public speaking, making a presentation, speaking to clients, customers, or your boss or team? You are not alone. These are some of the most widely reported triggers of anxiety, experienced by at least 73% of people. You have an authentic presence, and you can learn tools to fully access it, whenever you need or want to. Spoken Strong is a method which builds these tools through a series of activities based in positive psychology, self-efficacy, and mindfulness. Engaging in these practices over time can unlock the unique presence in each person.

Attending all four sessions is not a requirement, however, it is highly suggested to maximize impact, as participants will have access to all 4 components of the method by attending.

Please Note:

  • This workshop includes a combination of learning and activities, in a Team-Based Learning style. Participants should come prepared to move around the room and engage in group activities.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to each session.
  • Metered parking is available on the street (tip: downloading the “ParkMobile” app in advance is quite helpful, and makes paying the meters very easy). Additional parking may be found in the following municipal paid parking lots: Bardo Parking garage at 10 Library Place / Patriot Garage at 1 Patriot Place.

About Jessica H. Smith, MA:

Jessica Smith is a proud graduate of the Boston Conservatory and William James College, and before becoming an organizational psychologist, worked for many years in theater as a vocal coach, director, and teacher. After completing her graduate work, Jessica blended her passions for performance, positive psychology and self-efficacy, and for developing strong and personally effective presence, to create the Spoken Strong method.

Jessica brings her performance and theater expertise, blended with a career of presentation coaching, all driven by underpinnings of positive psychology and self-efficacy, to professionals and groups looking to strengthen their public speaking and presentation skills, and build communication and psychological safety. She has specifically developed the Spoken Strong method, to help professionals, entrepreneurs, and all individuals understand the tools they have within themselves, and to harness positive psychology, to bring their best to every presentation.

September 5th, Session One, Introduction + The Mindful Drop-In

A brief TED-style presentation will give participants an overview of Spoken Strong, followed by a deep dive into becoming fully present and engaged in the moment.

September 12th, Session Two, The Internal Toolkit

Participants will learn and practice methods to develop internal tools using appreciative inquiry, positive reframing, and building their own “key points of light.”

September 19th, Session Three, The External Toolkit

Participants will learn and practice a variety of skills in voice and body language, such as breathing for support, harnessing inflection and speaking rhythm, and using stillness and movement.

September 26th, Session Four, Body-to-Mind Connectors + Understanding Needs of “Audience”

Participants will learn about the importance and value of “Body To Mind Connectors” in reducing the stress of public speaking.

Goals / Participant Outcomes

  1. In-the-moment Presence: Through understanding and practice, participants will be able to achieve mindful presence, and directly connect that presence to their interactions and personal effectiveness.

  2. Build Internal Tools: Participants will leverage activities based in positive psychology and cognitive reframing, to effectively build self-efficacy, reduce stressors, and identify “key points of light” within their own presence.

  3. Leverage Body to Mind Connectors: Participants will learn and practice exercises aimed at using changes in body language to create changes of mind, thus creating new, positive mental feedback loops.

  4. Build External Tools: Participants will connect the learning from the first three outcomes to specific voice and body language practice. This includes, but is not limited to, breathing, tone, intonation and inflection, posture, gesture, eye contact, and stillness vs. movement.

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Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut

287 Main Street

Danbury, CT 06810

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