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Public Speaking at Work: How to Build a Strong Connection With Your Listeners

Dr. Steven Cohen
John Bahcall Auditorium
September 22, 2014

Your mission at the beginning of every presentation is the same: to convince your audience members that you are worthy of their time and attention. But how do you show your listeners that you are an important speaker with an important message? In this talk, Dr. Steven Cohen will teach you how to build a strong connection with the audience from the moment you enter a room or walk on stage. You will learn how to exude leadership qualities, how to eliminate filler words from your vocabulary, and how to make the audience care about your message.

Dr. Cohen is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore, and an instructor at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education. He is an award-winning teacher who has delivered more than 75 courses and workshops on the art of public speaking. Dr. Cohen has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times and The Baltimore Sun and recently was featured in the BBC Radio documentary, "Churchill’s Secret Cabinet."

Dr. Cohen is currently conducting research on the design and delivery of oral communication courses. He is particularly interested in the use of experiential exercises and technology-based approaches to help promote communication competence. Dr. Cohen's work has appeared in Communication Teacher, the International Journal of Listening, Listening Education, Relevant Rhetoric, and Toastmaster magazine. Dr. Cohen is the author of two books, Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art. He is also the editor of On the Path to Success: Readings and Resources.

Dr. Cohen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida. He also earned an Advanced Toastmaster designation from Toastmasters International.