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Session Description: Moving up in your career invariably means you are asked to make more presentations and speeches. Perhaps you’ve experienced the sweating palms, racing heartbeat or nervous habits that can hit right before your name is called to step up to the podium. Whether you’re asked to present a report at a commission meeting, represent the department at a community meeting, or even explain a program at a staff meeting, speaking in front of others effectively is a skill that takes practice. Plus, it’s not just a matter of overcoming your nerves, it’s also finding a way to connect with your audience and ensure your message is understood. This interactive session will focus on how people learn, how the brain thinks, and share tips and experiences to help you master both your nerves and your effectiveness.
- Identify ways to connect with your audience and ensure your message is understood.
- Identify how people learn and how the brain thinks.
- Share tips and experiences to help you master both your nerves and your effectiveness.
Speaker Info: Michelle Bono, Bono Communications
M. Michelle Bono is the President/CEO of Bono Communications & Marketing, LLC, and is a respected presenter, teacher, and facilitator. With more than 25 years of experience in local government, she now works with numerous cities, counties, businesses and not-for-profits to enhance communication, build employee morale and output, strengthen leadership, and enhance marketing and customer service. Bono has worked for local governments in Virginia, Colorado, and Florida, including nearly 20 years serving as the communications director and assistant to the city manager for the City of Tallahassee. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wichita State University and her master’s degree in public administration from Florida State University. She is a graduate of the Certified Management Program at FSU and serves as a board member with several organizations. She has a passion for city athletics and served for six years as a city league girls volleyball coach and also plays sand and indoor volleyball on city teams. She and her husband Richard have four children.