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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Arts Council of Greater New Haven offering public speaking workshop on May 7

Press release

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven presents "Great Presentations: A Workshop for Artists and Organizations," on Thurs., May 7, from 5—7 p.m., at ACES Educational Center for the Arts, 55 Audubon St., New Haven.

Led by public-speaking coach Debbie Fay, founder of bespeak presentation solutions, this workshop will be geared toward helping artists and arts administrators communicate with audiences.

Visual artists are often called upon to talk about their work, just as composers are asked to discuss their compositions, performers are asked to talk about repertoire they're performing, and writers are asked to talk about their poetry or prose. Likewise, arts administrators are frequently asked to talk about their organizations' missions, programs, services, and events. Debbie Fay is an expert at easing the anxieties that can accompany public speaking. By providing valuable presentation tools and fostering confidence, Fay helps make presentations engaging, compelling and successful.

bespeak presentation solutions, based in Fairfield, Conn., teaches effective public speaking skills and offers a range of services including small group seminars, project-specific presentation planning, presentation and visual-aid editing, one-on-one coaching, and executive interview coaching. Fay also speaks professionally on topics related to presentations.

Fay earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as her secondary education certification, from Michigan State University, where she majored in history and minored in English. She also holds a Train the Trainer certification, and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

This Arts Council-sponsored workshop is open to the public. The cost to attend is $15 for Arts Council members, $20 for non-members. For more information and to register, call (203) 772-2788.


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