Now that in-person public speaking is back, it’s important to know how to manage that room full of live people. You may be worried about a question you can’t answer, someone trying to disprove you, or a person whose question turns into a dissertation. So – what do you do?

Join Kevin Elliott for this webinar, where he’ll discuss the common “types” of people in most rooms and how to work with them to make your presentation a success.

Whether you’re an aspiring speaker or a seasoned presenter, this webinar will equip you with the tools to captivate your listeners, maintain control, and achieve your communication goals effectively.

Filibuster: When an audience member asks to speak, and then talks for an inappropriate amount of time, taking over the presentation.

Sniper: An audience member who poses challenging questions, designed to expose weaknesses in the speaker’s argument or provoke a reaction.

Verbal Jiu-Jitsu: The skillful use of words to navigate discussions effectively, address challenges, and maintain composure during public speaking engagements.

Instructor Bio:

Kevin Elliott is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Applied Research Associates. He is a seasoned public speaker with more than 20 years’ experience. Kevin presents at meetings and conferences across the country and teaches public speaking at Florida State University. He also writes strategic communication plans and manages creative outreach projects for clients including the Federal Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation, among others. He lives in Panama City, Florida, with his wife, daughter, and 15 chickens.


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This webinar will award 1.5 PDHs.

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Filibusters, Snipers, and Verbal Jiu-Jitsu: How to Manage a Room