411 or 911: How to Keep Your Cool
When You Are On the Hot Seat
Does Anybody Have Answers for My Questions?
Sneak Peeks and Deflections
Sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in the spotlight, making your presentation to that "VIP” (very important prospect, client, decision maker or audience) you really want to influence. Imagine: you’re on a roll and on track, delivering your message when - Wham! Out of the blue the "VIP” throws a question at you that you’re not ready for. Now you’re really on the hot seat! What do you do?
"Often we pay to hear a "name” speaker at a conference or are impressed with a "recognized” person on television, yet overlook those among us. Our local chapter member Ed Barks is worth paying to hear and watch. I have read his book, ‘The Truth About Public Speaking: The 3 Keys to Great Presentations’ and recommend it. I have testified before the U.S. Congress and spoken before international business groups, yet know I will learn from Ed at our February 13th meeting”.
-Don Ellison, Government Relations, LLC
Before you panic or call 911, join us for the 411 at IMC/NCR’s April 10, 2014 monthly meeting and program. Communication thought leader Ed Barks offers us an enlightening program on how to manage the conversation and keep cool under fire, yet still deliver your magnetic message. Ed’s interactive presentation includes participatory exercises and role plays as he demonstrates ways to:
- ·Build a bridge from your inquisitor’s question to your message
- ·Plant a verbal flag that tells your questioner, "This is what I’m here to talk about”
- ·Offer a sneak peek that tempts your listener to ask questions that you want to answer
- ·Deflect irrelevant, hostile, misdirected, proprietary and speculative questions.
REGISTER EARLY! Ed has graciously offered to provide FREE copies of his book The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations to the first 25 people who register. Copies will also be available for purchase at the meeting and you can get yours autographed by the author.
Our Program SpeakerEd Barks is a Washington, D.C., communications training consultant and author. His corporate and association clients hire him to provide them with the messages and communications skills their executives need on a daily basis. He shows them how to gain sharper verbal and nonverbal talents, more confidence, added opportunities for career advancement, and realization of long-term business goals.
Ed is the author of The Truth About Public Speaking: The Three Keys to Great Presentations as well as several training guides and research reports. He has served as President of Barks Communications since its inception in 1997, and has guided the learning of more than 4600 business leaders, association executives, government officials, thought leaders, and communications staffers.
He serves on the National Press Club’s Board of Governors, the IMC NCR Board of Directors, and formerly on the American Society of Association Executives’ Consultants Section Council.
He directed communications efforts for a number of Washington, D.C.-based organizations. Importantly, Ed brings another critical perspective to his clients’ communications needs—that of a broadcaster and journalist. He knows firsthand the tricks and techniques of the reporting trade, thanks to a decade of experience in radio broadcasting.
Learn more at www.barkscomm.comand join Ed’s community
at The Media Training Blog at http://themediatrainingblog.wordpress.com.
LOCATION: LeMeridien is conveniently located in Arlington, VA. Just minutes from Washington, DC and only 0.2 miles to the Rosslyn Metro. From Metro, walk north toward Key Bridge and cross North Lynn Street.
METRO: ROSSLYN (Exit East side, left (north). L on North Moore, right (east) on 19th Street, 1.5 blocks to hotel on left.)
DRIVING: Map and Driving Directions
PARKING: Valet parking at Le Meridien is $18-30. Hotel underground self-parking garage is operated by Colonial Parking, with the entrance at 19th and North Kent Street ($5 after 6pm). On street Pay-to-Park where available.
Register early (by midnight Sunday the week of the event) and get a $10 Discount.