February 10, 2015
Sharpen Your In-Person Presentation Skills
We sometimes hear how technology is making face-to-face communication obsolete, or how people weaned on technology often lack the skill to face people in a room and make a point or sell their product by connecting with people as people. Yet marketers have come to the belated realization that ultimately that’s what seals the deal. All of us, in any field, can hone an outgoing personality into an effective tool, or overcome natural hesitation to rise before an audience small or large and carry a convincing or valuable message. From pitching the proposal to advancing the interests of a client or employer, improving public presentation skills pays many dividends.
Melinda Napolitano has lived this in 20 years with Toastmasters International, developing her own abilities to become a motivational speaker as well as mentoring many aspiring presenters from all walks of life. A professional, confident presenter with a light-hearted touch, she began as a curious member of the Worcester Toastmasters. Her achievements include earning Advanced Awards in both speaking and Leadership, holding club officer positions as President and Vice President of Education, successfully competing in Humorous and International Speech contests and helping to start The Village Toastmasters Club in Sturbridge.
Melinda’s professional career opportunities include; Entrepreneur of a small business; Recruiter for a Staffing Agency; and a Senior Program Manager of Medical Education for a non-profit organization. Currently Melinda is a Sourcing/Recruiter Contractor for PRO Unlimited.
There are myriad media and applications to communicate with audiences. Melinda’s tips on presentation skills and interactive exercises will be valuable take-aways from the Feb. 10 Communicators Club luncheon, including things effective communicators want to know even before stepping on stage.