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A Crash Course in Off-the-Cuff Speaking

Write/Speak/Code 2019

Whether delivering a status report to a manager or engaging with questions at the end of a presentation, we all face moments when we need to deliver thoughtful, strategic messages on the fly.
As with any public-speaking skill, extemporaneous speaking becomes easier with practice--but there are also specific tactics that can help speakers appear (and become) more confident when they need to leave their notes behind.

Select slides and exercises available in this blog post.

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Publishers Panel

Write/Speak/Code 2019

In this panel of tech writers, authors, and technical publishers, you'll hear about the ways they use writing in their personal lives and careers, tips on how to get published, or self-publish, and the broader impact this work can have on the industry at large.

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Demystifying the Hiring "Black Hole":
Applicant Tracking Systems from Application to Hire

BardWorks 2019 & 2020

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HR & Hiring Manager Panel

BardWorks 2015 - 2020

HR professionals and Hiring Managers discuss general hiring and recruitment practices including the application process, background and reference checks and interviews.
Panelists share insights and tips for successful job search and networking strategies in their respective fields.

Other Speaking Highlights

Distinguished Toastmaster


The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award represents the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.
Earning the DTM requires a member of Toastmasters International to conduct several seminar-style programs, serve as a leader at several different organizational levels, form or rebuild a Toastmasters club, and deliver more than forty speeches.

Lead Facilitator, Customer Service Speechcraft Program


This program adapted the Toastmasters Speechcraft program to the needs of technical support professionals within an organization.
Over the course of four meetings, participants practiced delivering both prepared and impromptu speeches. Participants also learned tactics for giving and receiving constructive feedback.

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