*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Public Speaking and Advocacy

The course offers the opportunity to learn how to communicate more comfortably and effectively in public, with a focus on how to advocate more persuasively.  There will be discussion of the strategies and techniques used in making effective and persuasive presentations, geared more to less-formal settings than formal speeches.  The majority of the course will have the participants making presentations, with friendly and constructive critique from the instructor and reaction from class participants. No formal public speaking experience is required, and persons experiencing the very common anxiety about speaking to groups of people will have a chance to get more comfortable.
Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, November 23.

Instructor Bio:

Scott spent most of his career as a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice in Washington.  He did mostly civil and criminal antitrust work, but also did criminal prosecution in the Richmond US Attorney's office.  During his career, Scott gave numerous speeches and presentations in both formal and informal settings.  He also, while in law school, coached American University's intercollegiate debate and public speaking teams.  Scott retired to Charlotteville in 2015, where he lives with his wife Cathy, a retired psychotherapist.  

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B26 N. Sacks Nov 9, 16, 30, Dec 7 Th 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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