Effective public speaking skills are a prerequisite in most successful careers and especially for effective county commissioners.  However, most people dread standing up in front of a crowd and making a presentation, with all eyes and ears on them.

Many people have a real fear of public speaking, some fear it more than flying or death. This can be understandable, as there are real risks to messing up. You might create a memorable experience that makes you unforgettable for all of the wrong reasons.

While it is a fear for many, as elected officials, public speaking cannot be avoided. Communicating with constituents about local services and their needs is an essential part of the job. Speaker John Schultz will present a two-part workshop on the morning of Wednesday, June 17 at FAC’s Annual Conference titled “Beyond the Podium: A Proven System for Improving Public Speaking.” 

This two-part workshop will offer practical solutions to improving your communications so that you can engage and impress any audience, at any time. Public speaking incorporates all the same communication basics that we use on a daily basis.  After this two-part interactive workshop will provide a meaningful framework to effectively conceive, organize, and deliver a speech that will make you memorable for all of the right reasons. 

John Schultz is a Professor of Theatre at Tallahassee Community College where he has taught and coached the Speech and Debate Team for the past 20 years.  During his time at the college, the team has accumulated over 3000 state and regional awards.  At the national level, the team boasts the best overall team sweepstakes record of any junior college in the country over the past 11 years. He is a nationally recognized and respected communicator and is a member of the Florida College System Activities Association Hall of Fame. During the past several years, Mr. Schultz has also focused on communication consulting.  Specializing in effective communication techniques and operating strategies, he has spoken to associations from coast to coast.

Commissioners will also receive 3.0 Elective Certified County Commissioner Credits for attending both sessions of this workshop on the morning of June 17.