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Women’s Leadership: Mastering Public Speaking


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Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool. As a leader ascends in their organization, they are required to speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Become a more persuasive and confident speaker who creates a powerful, emotional audience connection.

Registration Instructions: To register, please select “Women’s Leadership Classes” from the Program drop down menu on the registration form. Then, select the specific class you would like to register for from the Session drop down menu.


COVID-19 Update

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 we encourage you to enroll in our Executive Education offerings with confidence. Courses will be modified to a full or partial distance-learning format in the case of campus closure. Because distance-learning courses will not be able to accommodate on-campus amenities, a discount may be provided. Please contact our office at ExecEd@Utah.edu or 801-572-7273 for more details.

Upcoming Dates:

This will be a blended online course. It will include pre-recorded lecture and live webinars.

August 2020
20 – 21 August 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Public speaking is an opportunity and platform from which leaders are able to express their emotional intelligence and it becomes a strategic position from which a leader can craft their own leadership narrative, as well as that of their organization. Learn how to examine your audience, implement rhetorical strategies, and deliver your message with effectiveness and confidence.

In this program, you will:

  • Assess your strengths and areas of development as a public speaker.
  • Examine your audience before crafting a speech.
  • Be more persuasive/confident with different audiences (hostile, diverse, etc.).
  • Implement rhetorical strategies that will create a powerful, emotional audience connection: storytelling, metaphors, rhetorical questions, repetition.
  • Frame your speech with an effective organizational structure.
  • Craft a persuasive introduction and conclusion.
  • Develop and achieve a mindful, kinesthetic delivery.

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 13 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRMCertification.org.


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Dr. Kathryn Cañas

Dr. Kathryn A. Cañas is a member of the Management Department in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her teaching currently includes courses on managing diversity, business communication, and pedagogical theories and practices on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

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  1. Alyssa Charles

    “Loved the instructor. Great materials; Really liked how we analyzed video clips of different speakers. Also enjoyed the literature articles that were provided.”

  2. Alyssa Charles

    “The content is relevant and easy to follow.”

  3. Alyssa Charles

    “Kate created a very friendly and safe environment to learn and grow. Loved having the video recording of speech.”

  4. Katrina Vastag

    “I was fascinated by the emphasis of storytelling. I wasn’t expecting it and I think it’ll make me so much more effective when I speak to people.” -Stefanie Tidwell

  5. Katrina Vastag

    “This was some of the best use of small group sessions that I have seen. I love the action-oriented approach from Dr. Cañas. Really excellent class and flow. Also LOVED this group of participants.” -Esther Sumner

  6. Katrina Vastag

    “Kate was knowledgeable about the topic, had great examples to show us, and made everyone feel comfortable presenting our speeches.”

  7. Katrina Vastag

    “This was such a great way to learn about public speaking and emotional intelligence. I can carry these lessons through my entire career.”

  8. Katrina Vastag

    “All the positivity! Lesson matter was great, but I took away a bigger lesson than “just” public speaking. Great confidence builder.”

  9. Katrina Vastag

    “Supportive, energetic, fun, engaging, and interesting content and instructors.”

  10. Katrina Vastag

    “Magnificent teachers. Safe, fun, productive learning environment, easy to understand, and challenging assignments. This was so fabulously empowering. Thank you, thank you, and THANK YOU!”

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