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Strengthen Your Public Speaking Skills at SCF

(Bradenton, Fla., July 25, 2017) — Have you ever experienced that awkward silence whenyou find yourself in a room with people you don’t know? State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) can help you deliver that elevator speech you’ve been eager to share, but too self-conscious to start. On National Talk in an Elevator Day, recognized on July 28, consider taking a speech class at SCF to help you break the silence.

SCF professors can help you develop your signature style and form a stimulating or thought-provoking introduction or speech. The first tip they can offer is to know your goal. What is it that you are trying to communicate and why? Do you want to find a new friend, make a business introduction or share an interesting experience? Being prepared will make it easier to communicate more effectively in an elevator.

That brings up the next tip for talking in an elevator: Be prepared to engage in a conversation, wherever it may take you, and that means asking about the other person. Remember an elevator conversation is always short, typically under a minute.

And that leads right to the final point: Be brief. You don’t want to be that person who holds the elevator door open while trying to finish your point as other riders wait. To accomplish this, keep your sentences short and well-organized.

SCF offers several Speech Communication classes, including Fundamentals of Speech Communication and Interpersonal Communication. The classes are offered at all three SCF campuses and online.

For more information, contact Jennifer Bieselin, speech communication coordinator, at bieselj@SCF.edu or 941-752-5468.  

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