Presentation Skills: Communicating With Impact and Influence, Minneapolis

November 12, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CST
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What does it take to capture and maintain audience attention?  How does content, voice and persona affect credibility?  What can you personally do to increase your ability to influence and move people toward action?

Discover the answers to these questions and more in this lively, day-long workshop focused on improving overall communication skills and boosting personal impact.

Come ready to participate, because in this session you’ll be turning concepts into action!  Gail Calhoun, president of Calhoun Consulting, Inc., will have you on your toes with activities designed to increase confidence, establish credibility and open the door to deeper discussion.  You’ll practice developing and delivering relevant key messages that cut through the clutter and ensure your point of view is heard.  Most importantly, you’ll hone your individual style so the impression you intend is the one you create—regardless of the setting.

Discussion Topics and Skill-Building Activities
  • Using content, voice and persona for maximum impact, clarity and memorability
  • Leveraging the Essential Eight to establish credibility, build relationships and move people toward action
  • Understanding different communication styles and how to effectively interact with each
  • Handling difficult questions and pressure situations

Who Should Attend
If your job requires the ability to share information, ideas and opinions in a compelling way, then mark your calendars and plan to attend. Whether you are in account management, planning, digital, media, creative or project management, this workshop will improve your day-to-day internal presentations, as well as those high-stakes meetings with clients and new business prospects.

About Your Seminar Leader
As an executive coach and president of Calhoun Consulting, Inc., (CCI) Gail works with hundreds of professionals each year, enhancing leadership skills and increasing sales effectiveness. She engages with some of the nation’s top companies, including Wells Fargo, US Bank, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Best Buy, Target, Dow Corning, Fallon, Olson, Periscope, Carmichael Lynch and many others. Calhoun is a frequent speaker at national sales and leadership conferences.

Prior to launching CCI in 1995, Calhoun’s experience included marketing, corporate public relations, commercial voice and on-camera work.  She’s developed several performance enhancement tools including the Essential Eight Communication Skills Assessment™, The Leadership Four Inventory™ and authored The L.E.A.R.N. Advantage™, a sales and consensus-building model used by major corporations.

Gail holds a Master of Science in English from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Ohio University.

Seminar Schedule
8:30 AM                 Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
9:00 AM                 Seminar Begins
Noon – 1:00 PM    Lunch (included in registration fee)
4:30 PM                 Seminar Concludes (approximately)

Event Location
Periscope, Inc.
921 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1288

Onsite Contact
Lauren Dordal |
D#612-629-2760 |  M#763-742-2532

4A's Onsite Contact
Laurie Stearn | | 312-388-7470

Registration is open to both 4A's members and non 4A's members.

Registration Fees
$295 per person, 4A's members
$395 per person, non 4A's members

How to Register
1.   Login or create an account at the 4A’s Web site,
2.   On the homepage, click the “Events” link, then click on “All Upcoming Events.” 
3.   Locate desired event and register.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, excluding a $25 processing fee, will be granted only if requests are received by 4A’s in writing by Thursday, November 5, 2015. No refunds will be allowed after this date; substitutions will be allowed provided arrangements are made with 4A’s.


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