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It's not enough to be a good writer: Effective grant professionals also need speaking polish

Effective grant professionals write clearly and convincingly. But writing skills are just half of the communication equation. Speaking confidently and authentically is necessary to share ideas, build trust, cultivate relationships, foster collaborations, and achieve success.

In this session, you will learn a set of powerful insights and practical strategies that will rapidly enhance your executive presence in a range of oral-communication situations - from phone calls and meetings to briefings and formal presentations. Get ready to develop your speaking skills in a way that will advance your career - and even change your life!

Learning objectives: 
-Explore the five elements of executive presence and confident speaking
-Assess personal strengths and weaknesses with regard to body language, vocal quality, facial expressions, filler words, and eye contact
-Identify strategies for leveraging strengths and mitigating weaknesses

GPC Competencies:
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers 

Christine Clapp is the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts and the president of Spoken with Authority, a Washington, D.C.-based presentation skills consultancy. She holds two degrees in communication: a bachelor's degree from Willamette University, and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also taught public speaking to undergraduate and graduate students at The George Washington University for thirteen years.