Finding Your Authentic Voice: Building Public Speaking Confidence



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Improve your public speaking skills and develop your own unique style.


Communication is a critical skill for leaders. As the challenges facing higher education grow more complex and communication methods more diverse, developing competency and comfort with public speaking is essential.

Join us for a virtual training designed to help you improve your public speaking skills. First, you’ll take a self-assessment designed to help you pinpoint both your strengths and areas for improvement when it comes to public speaking. Then, we’ll break the art and science of public speaking down and discuss each component in more depth:

  • Crafting your talk: a roadmap for your audience
  • Designing your delivery: voice, body language, and artifacts
  • Considering your setting: in-person and virtual environments

You will leave with a deeper understanding of how to arrive at your own authentic communication style, as well as a host of practical tools you can apply right away to improve your own public speaking skills and confidence. You can also consider adding three success coaching sessions with the speaker, Annie Phillips, or another success coach to continue honing your public speaking skills.

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for leaders across levels and functional areas who want to learn, or deepen, skills to be more confident in their public speaking.

If You Can't Attend the Live Event

You can still register to receive a recording of the live session that you can access anywhere, anytime.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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Online Learning

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


June 28, 2022

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Review of assessment

Our instructor will frame the self-assessment results, completed prior to our training, in terms of how they inform your public speaking style, opportunities to improve, and ways to leverage strengths to develop your authentic voice?

Lessons learned that impact public speaking (growth of self-awareness)

Develop a deeper self-awareness of internal barriers that impact your public speaking success and ways to overcome them while building on your identified strengths.

Public speaking basics for various formats and audiences

Common public speaking concepts will be shared and broken down so you can better understand how to configure them in a way that reflects your authentic voice. We will discuss how to apply basic concepts in both virtual and in-person formats, taking into account different audiences and goals.

Delivery elements

Learn how to use your voice, body language, and artifacts to deliver a clear and effective message for a variety of audiences.

Developing your authentic voice

Leaders will leave more confident in their ability to deliver a clear, authentic, and effective message. Over the course of the training, you will cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and a strong understanding of the basic elements of public speaking.


Portrait of Annie Phillips

Annie Phillips, PhD

Executive Director, International Affairs, Texas Woman’s University

Annie brings 17 years of experience in higher education as both a professor and an administrator. She has held leadership positions in student affairs and academic affairs. She has also taught in the areas of higher education administration, communication studies, and radio/TV news.

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