January 5, 2006
CONTACT: Pat Wood
Top Speech Coach Larry Tracy Will Conduct Two Free Workshops on “How to Deliver Persuasive Presentations” in January 2006
Author and top speech coach Larry Tracy will present two workshops on “How to Deliver Persuasive Presentations” early in 2006: January 17 (previously scheduled) and Jan. 19 (makeup date for a December workshop cancelled because of a snow threat).
The workshops are co-sponsored by the Federal Consulting Group and the Federal Communicators Network and are free to FCG clients, FCN members, and other federal employees and their guests, including contractors who work with federal agencies.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. - noon in the Office of Thrift Supervision amphitheater, 1700 G St., NW. Coffee and pastries will be served at 8:30 a.m. See directions below.
“The mission of the Federal Consulting Group includes sharing best practices from both private and public sectors,” said Anne Kelly, FCG CEO. “Larry Tracy is renowned as a speaker and a trainer in both sectors and we are pleased to offer this workshop to federal leaders and to those who aspire to be leaders.”
Tracy is the author of the widely-acclaimed book, The Shortcut to Persuasive Presentations. No less an authority on communication skills than President Ronald Reagan described him as "an extraordinarily effective speaker."
Larry has trained more than 2000 civil servants, Foreign Service Officers and military officers who have attended his “Presentation Skills in a Nutshell” workshops. In the January workshops, Larry will show how to: 1) Use “fear of public speaking” to become a better presenter; 2) structure the presentation so it “Gets to the point;” 3) cause the audience (one or many) to “buy into” what the presenter is advocating ; 4) conduct a “Murder Board” that hones delivery skills and anticipates questions and objections; 5) convert the Q & A session” into a “Golden Opportunity.” 6) craft rhetorical devices which provide rhythm and cadence; 7) avoid “death by PowerPoint.”
How to Register for Jan. 19th Workshop
The January 17th workshop is oversubscribed. Only the Jan.19 workshop is open to new registrants. To register, write to email@example.com. Please put “Jan. 19” in the subject line. Put your name, title, agency or organization, phone, and email address in the body of the message. Please register early as seating is limited.
More about Larry Tracy
Larry is cited in The Information Please Business Almanac as one of the top presentation coaches in the country. His website (www.tracy-presentation.com) is ranked number one on Google for “Persuasive Presentations.” His January 2005 speech to the National Speakers Association, “Taming Hostile Audiences,” was published in the March 1 “Vital Speeches of the Day,” along with speeches by President Bush and Fed Chairman Greenspan. The speech was then selected as the centerpiece of the July issue of “American Speaker,” the leading publication in the US for public speaking instruction, with Larry’s photo on the cover. The editor of that magazine, formerly the chief speechwriter in the White House, hailed the speech as ““exemplary… an outstanding speech teaching a number of invaluable lessons on how to give a winning performance to the most hostile of audiences.”
The ability to make persuasive presentations is vital for advancement in the federal government, and
a core competency for entry into the Senior Executive Service. Larry has first hand appreciation of the presentation challenges faced by federal employees. He is a retired Army colonel, with much of his “real world” speaking experience to demanding audiences acquired during his federal service. He was the senior intelligence briefer to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was subsequently assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was deeply involved in policy issues and spoke widely on these issues throughout the country. The State Department then requested him to be detailed to the Department for the specific purpose of debating contentious issues to very skeptical, often antagonistic, audiences.
The workshop is in the amphitheater of the Office of Thrift Supervision Building, 1700 G St NW (corner of G & 17th Sts. NW, across the street from the Old Executive Office Bldg.). The nearest Metro stops are Farragut West (exit 17th St and walk south) and Farragut North (exit K St. and walk south on 17th St. You will pass the park on your left.)