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Speak with Purpose

Speak with Purpose

Speaking with Purpose

Now accepting registrations for the inaugural Speak with Purpose cohort!

Sign Up for Cohort 1 Today!

Your application is NOT COMPLETE without a signed commitment form. Please submit this to Monica Mendez, Talent Development Manager, to be considered for Speak with Purpose.

2021 Speak with Purpose Commitment Form


About the Program

We get it... public speaking is scary. Of the estimated 75% of Americans that experience fear and anxiety from speaking in front of others, less than 10% take steps to overcome it.

New in 2021, Speak with Purpose is designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence necessary to organize and deliver effective presentations. Over the course of five interactive sessions comprised of one-on-one, small group, impromptu, and sit-down situations, individuals will learn how to organize a presentation and deliver it to audiences large and small. Through practice and personalized feedback from peers and Dr. D.F. Arnold, program facilitator, individuals will learn how to Speak with Purpose.

What You'll Gain

  • Focused, engaging presentations that promote results.
  • A surge of confidence as associates apply their organizational and presenting skills with confidence.
  • A consistent presentation approach that clarifies messages inside the organization and for customers.
  • Increased individual impact that brings strategic and practical benefits for the business.
  • Improved morale and reduced turnover as associates apply new skills and achieve new standing in the organization.

Chamber leadership programs prioritize creating spaces where diverse perspectives can come together to learn, grow, and push our community forward.


2021 Session Dates, Program Details & Cost

Session Dates

All sessions are hosted bi-weekly on Mondays from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Cohort 1

  • June 28
  • July 12
  • July 26
  • August 9
  • August 23

Sign Up for Cohort 1

Cohort 2

  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • November 29

Sign Up for Cohort 2

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Orientation & Building Relationships

Increase rapport and persuasiveness with your listeners and learn components of powerful presentation presence

Session 2: Speak with Purpose

Why purpose matters, how to gesture with purpose, and the proper stance when presenting

Session 3: How to Influence

Explore "the finishing touches" (attention-grabbing openings, closes, stories, metaphors, illustrations) and learn how to design and use visuals effectively

Session 4: Develop a Dynamic Delivery Style

Organize your presentation ideas and information for highest impact and listener engagement

Session 5: Reduce Your Preparation Time

Learn how to think on your feet by responding to questions clearly, concisely, and credibly; speaking with confidence

Program Cost

Program Cost: Tuition must be paid in full by the first class session.

Chamber Member: $1,500

Non-Member: $1,750


Questions or Comments?

Please reach out to Monica Mendez, Talent Development Manager, at monica@grandrapids.org.


Program Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit 7

 

Trustee Sponsors

Advocacy Engagement Series 9          Leading Edge 2

 

Emerging Sponsor

Leading Edge 1