What you will learn:

Public speaking is one of the biggest fears that people have and yet we think of public speaking only as being on a stage or having a big audience. What would it be like to influence in every meeting and in everyday interactions? Our communication blind spots are likely getting in our way, causing us to miss opportunities -- and we don't even know it.

Whether you are an individual contributor or a leader of others, interviewing for a job or working toward a promotion, this Elective will teach employees how to stand out in their speaking style and presence. The goal is to be seen as an influential communicator.

This topic matters because we live in a world where the competition is fierce and for better or worse, the person with the best communication skills wins. It's the people who are likable, clear and concise that people listen to.

After leaving this Elective, employees will:

1. Know what words to avoid that hijack credibility (and what to say instead)
2. Discover how to use their voice to show confidence
3. Learn the PPU formula for how to introduce yourself
4. Practice how to stop rambling and get to the point

About the instructor:

Karen Laos is a communication expert and confidence cultivator. She is fiercely committed to equipping women in business to stop holding back and start speaking up so they get promoted and win the deal.

Karen works with all genders to communicate with confidence and build teams that trust one another. She specializes in how to influence: giving leaders the tools to know what to say and how to say it.

Karen got her start in human resources at Gap Inc and then found her passion for corporate training at Decker Communications, where she led a team of facilitators and traveled the globe consulting professionals on their communication skills. At 52, she left her corporate job to pursue her mission of eradicating self-doubt in 10 million women within 10 years.

Over her 20+ year career, Karen has gained rave reviews from clients such as NASA, Netflix, Google, Facebook, Bank of America, and AT&T. Karen is the author of Trust Your Own Voice: Growing Your Influence Through Confident Communication. Her podcast, Ignite Your Confidence, equips corporate leaders to speak up and stand out in the boardroom and beyond.

Karen’s style is approachable and engaging. She connects quickly and leaves audiences feeling empowered with practical tools they can apply immediately. Fun fact: To follow her dream of living in Manhattan, she rented an apartment for a month to celebrate her 50th birthday.
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Suggested Length:60 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Delivery: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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