Time : 3:30-5:30pm
Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26 | March 12, 19, 26 | April 2 (Tuesdays)
Location: 3501 Peel Street, Montreal (Boardroom)
Course Description: Ever wanted to introduce yourself to someone and couldn’t quite find the
words? Or have you ever wanted to make the sale on an idea of yours but the pitch didn’t have that “wow” factor? How to Talk to Strangers (a.k.a. Public Speaking) is going to approach from 6 different angles the skills, strategies and beliefs that make a strong public speaker, because the skills that prepare you to talk to that cool stranger and the skills that captivate an audience of 1,000 are the same. This class will be half interactive lecture and half collaborative workshop in which we will work together to make orators of you all! How to Talk to Strangers will be a safe space where we challenge by choice, so everything is voluntary. Everyone is welcome! Beginners, intermediates and experts alike are encouraged to join up. The more diverse our class is the more we will learn from one another. See you there!
About the Instructor: Ben Gaunce used to talk for a living. As a student advocate he was
giving speeches to presidents and CEOs, to thousands of students at a time and to politicians at
every level. That job really made him realize the importance of effective communication and how
it can make lives better, so now that he is retired from that particular job he wants to spread some of
what he learned. A lot of his confidence in public speaking he pulls from doing acting as a kid, but
most of his confidence is coming from putting himself out there and messing up. This course is
going to push you to do that too. Ben is also a student of Speech-Language Pathology so you know
that not everything he’s teaching you is made up.
- Notebook + Pen/Pencil
- Video recording device (not required)
- This course is suitable for beginners.