Presentation & Voice Academy

According to an article in Forbes, “20% of respondents to a survey conducted by Prezi said they would do almost anything to avoid giving a presentation–including pretending to be sick or asking a colleague to give the presentation–even if it means “losing respect” in the workplace. The fear of presenting is very real among professionals in corporate America today, so much so that that many people are desperate to avoid it. However, in the information age you are only as valuable as the ideas you have to share.  Poor presentation skills mean that leaders fail to inspire their teams, products fail to sell, entrepreneurs fail to attract funding, and careers fail to soar. That seems like a big price to pay for neglecting such a basic skill that anyone can improve upon.


If you would like to improve your ability to present your ideas in front of a group and learn how to use your voice as an asset, this very interactive course is for you! The facilitators will create a nurturing environment which will put each and every person at ease, as practicing in a “safe” space is a key to becoming a more confident presenter. Each participant will present in front of the group at least once in every session and receive constructive feedback. Most importantly, all attendees will also receive an individual voice coaching session as well as follow up feedback throughout the Academy. There will be a final presentation that will be recorded and used for feedback purposes. Various exercises throughout the sessions will also be recorded and used as feedback. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS. Register early!


At the end of the Academy participants will:
• Have an awareness of their speaking and presentation voice and the impact it has on their presentation of themselves.
• Be able to use their voice more effectively and at a higher potential.
• Be able to construct an effective presentation to a large group or small meeting.
• Be able to confidently navigate networking situations and introduce themselves and fellow colleagues as well as represent their brand or business.
• Be able to engage the listener on the telephone and present a message clearly and concisely as well as presenting the image of the organization in a positive and welcoming manner.


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Who Should Attend: Anyone who needs to convey information in front of a group, including Business Owners and Executives, Sales and Business Development professionals, Consultants, Attorneys, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Supervisors, Managers, Agency/Creative professionals, Human Resources professionals, Young Professionals…


ATTEND A FREE INTRO SESSION: February 1 (2:30 – 4:30 pm) to learn more about this unique program! 


Spring 2017 Course Outline:


Session 1 (April 4, 9-12 pm)
Group introductions; Feedback Etiquette; The Five Presentation Pebbles.


Session 2 (April 11, 9-12 pm)
Review The Five Presentation Pebbles; Review Feedback Etiquette; Introduction of other people; Keys to networking situations; Practice introductions; Individual voice coaching.


Session 3 (April 18, 9-12 pm)
Small group Presentations; Getting and keeping the attention of the group; Content flow; Audience engagement; Getting your message across; Listening; Practical exercises; Individual voice coaching.


Session 4 (April 25, 9-12 pm)
Phone skills; Voice and content is key; How do you come across; Length of call and succinct message; Practical exercises; Individual voice coaching; First 4 presentations.


Session 5 (May 2, 9-12 pm)
Participants’ feedback from previous week’s work experiences and applications; How are they applying the skills learned in workshop; Review of necessary points; Practical exercises; Individual voice coaching; Next 4 presentations.


Session 6 (May 9, 9-12 pm)
Dynamics and practicalities of large group presentations, To PowerPoint or not to PowerPoint; Practical exercises; Individual voice coaching; Next 4 presentations.


Session 7 (May 16, 9-12 pm)
Cover any other situations that the participants may need based on their individual situations such as radio or TV interviews, podcasts etc.; Practical exercises; Next 4 presentations.


Session 8 (May 23, 9-12 pm)
Sharing of learning experiences and life/work applications; Address any outstanding questions; Last 4 presentations.


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About the Presenters

diane-daytonDiane Dayton
Diane has more than 30 years of communications experience that includes being:

  • A skilled radio and TV interviewer and on air personality both regionally and on the internet;
  • A sought-after event emcee and voice over talent for regional and national client projects including Rite Aid, Armstrong and Pepsi; and
  • A requested voice and presentation trainer for CEO’s, sales and management persons, on air talent, professors, other trainers and more.

In all these areas concentrating on crafting an impactful message and delivery to an audience of one or many has been the focus. A powerful, persuasive oral presentation in business and personal relationships is a key to success on many levels; this is the foundation that Diane effectively uses in voice and presentation training. Diane keys in on the individual’s unique qualities and inspires and motivates them to make their voice an asset and represent them well!





joanne-bender-picJoanne Bender
Joanne has had a varied work experience with cultures in the United States and South Africa and is excellent at working with people. Her facilitation and training experience started by doing computer software training and designing databases. Most recently she was the National Programs Manager for Junior Achievement South Africa where she oversaw the implementation of all JA programs in South Africa. Joanne also has a passion for food and wine and has done many live presentations and has created and co-hosts her own entertaining food experiences podcast. Joanne is skilled as an interviewer, having done various TV segments that cover a wide range of products, services and people. As a stage manager for theater productions for many years, she sees and understands the flow and essentials for a great performance. Joanne has a particular talent for making people feel comfortable and heard!




Please note the Lancaster Chamber’s Cancellation and No Show Policy:
Program and event registration cancellations must be made no less than 48 hours before the event if attendance is not possible. Please remember registrants can send a representative from their company in their place. If the registration is not cancelled, cancelled after the deadline or no one attended the event in the place of the original registrant, it is considered to be a “no show” and payment is still required.


Payment Policy for Programs and Events:
In order to be prepared and provide the best experience to all of our guests, registration and payment for events and programs is expected in advance unless otherwise noted.