A New Approach to Practicing Your Elevator Pitch

April 27, 2013 10:00 am–1:30 pm

Oakland Campus
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B Building, Room B3

Open to current CCA students and alumni.

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Reflect on what happens when you are speaking and there is something at stake, whether winning a client, getting a job, making a sale, or simply describing your work. If you’re like many of us, you get nervous and you don’t sound knowledgeable or enthusiastic when just the opposite is true. There’s a good chance your body conveys the message that you aren’t ready to be the center of attention.

Effective communication requires deep connection with your values, body-mind awareness, and preparation. Because the body trumps speech when it comes to first impressions, presenter, Laura Paradise will work with you to offer tips for presenting that are grounded in the body. She will also provide you with ingredients of an effective introduction. By the end of the workshop, you will have an inventory of material you can use for your pitch and for memorable introductions at networking events, in interviews and on the spot.

Laura is a certified life coach who integrates Authentic Movement and Expressive Arts therapy into her practice. She works primarily with women 1:1 and in groups to help them present and promote themselves authentically and powerfully. Laura spent her nonprofit career perfecting the art of genuine persuasion. She had a successful career as a fundraiser and lobbyist and represented national, regional and state environmental and social justice organizations. Among her victories was a line item in the federal budget to guarantee safe drinking water to poor, rural communities. Laura says she can help anyone land an interview or win a client!