Monday, July 16, 2007

Bootstrap Speaking Initiative

The Bootstrap Speaking Initiative was kicked off in March of this year with a 6-session class covering a variety of interests, taught by Professional Speaking Consultant Tonja O'Neill. The topics included basic and advanced speaking skills, overcoming anxiety, getting paid to speak, and giving and receiving feedback. The classes were very well attended with a total of 30 bootstrappers and approximately 10-12 each class.

Because it was such a bit hit, we decided to continue the initiative with follow-up classes. Steven List, Professional Speaker and Speaking Coach, taught a 3-session class on storytelling in June & July. Tonja will be facilitating a 3-session workshop on creating and delivering business pitches in August.

The purpose of the initiative is to help bootstrappers communicate more effectively in order to improve business sales, whether presenting in front of an audience, giving a sales pitch, or simply speaking one-on-one about your business.

To get more information about the initiative and how to sign up, please visit the bootstrap wiki. See the bootstrap calendar for specific dates on the upcoming Business Pitches Workshop.

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