RETRIEVER TALKS: DYNAMIC TED-STYLE SPEAKING: Do you love TED talks? Would you like to learn how to deliver a powerful talk that will help you build communication, leadership and influence skills, and may even help you ace your college entrance interviews? If so, we invite you to join us for Retriever Talks: Dynamic TED-Style Speaking - an immersive, experiential TED-style speaking program designed JUST for high school students. This program distills tips and 'moves' from the world's most compelling speakers and boils them down into bite-sized practices to empower even the newest newbie speaker.  

The program's content is drawn from many years of experience and comes from a deep well of wisdom - synthesizing nuggets from the fields of professional speaking, neuroscience, theatre and improv, movement and dance, vocal performance, mindfulness, leadership development, and emotional intelligence. We have tailored it to help you discover your unique style and message, which will be shared a week after the course in a live community performance at UMBC. And best of all, you will receive a link to your professionally edited performance for sharing on social media, including your college application package, portfolio, etc. (this alone is over an estimated $1200 value!) Some of the topics covered in this program include:  
  • *Unearthing your 'Talk Trifecta' - the intersection of your passion, your knowledge, and something the world cares about 
  • *Developing a Mindfulness Mindset - to help you ground, connect with your message and your audience, and quell nerves 
  • *Determining your talk 'through-line' - the 1 thing you want your audience walking away remembering!  
  • *Creating a talk structure that serves your intended purpose (to inform, inspire, persuade, etc.),   
  • *Generating a compelling opening and a memorable closing that sticks
  • *Crafting stories that move hearts and minds 
  • *Personal presence techniques (voice and body) to connect with and move your audience
  • *Preparation techniques you can use to help support any presentation for college and beyond. 
Know you will also have tremendous support, not only from the instructors but from each other. Woven into the session will be time for individual and group discovery, community building and peer coaching. 

Performance on May 23rd, 2020 at UMBC's state of the art Performing Arts and Humanities building.

This course will only be offered in the Spring

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Course Resources
Waiver - Release of Liability (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)
Waiver - Release of Liability 18 and Over (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)
Waiver - Photo and Video (PDF) 2020 (PDF Document)

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