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Public Speaking:  How to Speak with PresencePublic Speaking: How to Speak with Presence

$35.00 (USD)

Speaking with presence is a vital skill that everyone can learn. Whether you are presenting complex information to a client, speaking to colleagues, or briefing your superiors, your ability to communicate with presence can make or break your career.

Credits: 1
Estimated Length: 1 hour(s)
Valid for: 12 Month(s)


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Online Lesson1. Public Speaking: How to Speak with Presence -


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the important quality of a good slide presentation

  • Identify the elements to start a presentation successfully

  • Describe why voice variation is important

  • Identify the three types of presence 

Major Topics:  

  • Speaking with Presence is based on Green Room Speakers’ three types of presence: Presence of Self: Powerful exercises to reduce anxiety and get in the zone

  • Presence of Message: Hone a clear message

  • Presence of Delivery: Fun exercises to dramatically improve delivery, as well as a toolbox of concrete exercises that can be applied immediately - in any speaking setting 

Field of Study:  Communication and Marketing

Recommended CPE Credit Hours:  1.0 

Course Level: None 

Prerequisites:  Basic 

Designed For: CPAs and othr professionals who want to grow their presence and their leadership through their speaking ability. 

Instructor: Sarah Gershman 

Publication Year:  2012

Expiration Date:  Course content is reviewed annually and revised with neccessary changes or else the course is removed.


Sarah's Biography:  

Sarah Gershman is an executive speech coach with more than 15 years of teaching and theater experience. Ms. Gershman specializes in helping clients who work in date-driven fields to clarify their message and cultivate presence.  Whether preparing for a keynote address, briefing senior officials, or presenting to a client, Ms. Gershman helps clients find their core message – and make that message stick.

Ms. Gershman works with teams and executives in Fortune 50 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Recent clients include Microsoft, the US Department of Defense and the Treasury Executive Institute. Ms. Gershman is an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an adjunct faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Prior to founding Green Room Speakers, Ms. Gershman served as Dean of Students and Faculty at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco and the Drama Director at an Oakland independent school. Ms. Gershman is the author and producer of the musical, Notes in a Different Key, performed at the Thalia Theater in New York City, and has recently directed productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz. Ms. Gershman has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and a Masters in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a Wexner Graduate Alumni and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Literature.

Sarah Gershman
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