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2019 September Career Management: How to be a Better Public Speaker
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2019 September Career Management: How to be a Better Public Speaker

When: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Bickford's
325 Montvale Ave
Woburn, MA  01801
United States
Contact: Makenzie Howard

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How to be a Better Public Speaker: Learn Practical Ways to Build Confidence and Improve Your Communication Skills

In the age of social media and texting, do speaking and communication skills still matter? Is it important to think through our thoughts before telling them to our business associates or family members? And, is it possible to control those nerves that race through our bodies at the mere thought of public speaking?

In this interactive presentation, you’ll learn tips and techniques to organize your thoughts for any type of presentation, and how to speak confidently while controlling nervous jitters.


Yes, speaking skills do matter! Whatever your speaking challenge, developing strong communication skills is key to great success for your personal and professional relationships.




Marilyn Page, Speaking to Connect

Marilyn is a presentation skills coach and trainer. She teaches her clients how to develop strong, effective and lasting communication skills in order to connect, inspire and build trust with an audience of any size.


In 2000, after overcoming her own fear of public speaking, Marilyn left her career as a computer programmer and began her coaching business. She has worked with individuals, small businesses, and various organizations and companies such as Irving Oil, Hannaford Bros. Co., York Hospital, Mead Johnson, Bottomline Technologies and United Way.


She is a spokesperson and board member for the Dog Guide Users of New Hampshire, volunteers for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind as a puppy raiser and is an advocate for the service dog community. As a board member of the Seacoast Women’s Network, she co-chairs the Program Committee. She also facilitates a women’s Bible study at her church. Her involvement with these various groups would not be possible if she hadn’t learned how to communicate effectively.   She is married to Glenn and they live in Greenland with their yellow lab, Sal.




Here Is What You Missed

2019 September Career Management: "How to be a Better Public Speaker: Practical Tips & Techniques" presented by Marilyn Page

September 4

Yes, speaking skills do matter! Whatever your speaking challenge – a business presentation, a volunteer role or a toast as parent of the bride – the key to success is preparation and practice.


Marilyn Page, PrincipalSpeaking to Connect, LLC offered these tips and techniques at the September FEI Boston Career Management event:


I. Clarify – consider the audience, the goal of your speech and what you are trying to accomplish.  Are you educating, motivating, sharing new information?


II.  Create  – with those goals in hand, create a three-part speech that includes:


1.    The opening: You do not have to tell a joke! Rather, this is your opportunity to engage the audience.  You may choose to ask a question or provide a statistic.  Importantly, do not use more than 10% of your allotted time for the opening.

2.    The main content of the speech:  Here it’s important not to include everything you know about the topic.  Rather, limit your speech to the 3-5 points you want to make sure the audience does not forget.

3.    The close: It’s very important to plan how you will close your speech.  Don’t be caught with a hurried, “thank you, that’s all I have to say.”  Rather, plan the close as carefully as the opening – give the audience a takeaway from your speech. 


III. Communicate – With your speech written and audience in mind, it’s time to present.  Here’s where ensuring you have time to practice comes into play.  Read your speech aloud (side note: you may choose to use bullets rather than word-for-word speech; everyone is different and best to use the method that suits your comfort level).  Practice the tone, pitch and delivery of your speech.


With proper preparation and practice, anyone can be a strong public speaker.


Special thanks to Dave Stuer, Chair, FEI Boston Career Management, for his creativity and commitment to offering best-in-class programming for FEI members and the broader financial community.  


Note:  Please feel free to connect with speaker Marilyn Page who can be reached at:

Marilyn Page

Speaking to Connect LLC





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This meeting qualifies for 1.5 CPE credits.

Field of study: Personal Development

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this meeting.

Advance preparation: There is no advance preparation require for this meeting.

Type of delivery method: Group-Live


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