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Public Speaking for Friendly Crowds

Program open house. Annual fundraiser. Board meeting. Staff meeting. Opportunities to speak in front of friendly audiences – people already supportive of our organizations – are regular in the lives of senior nonprofit leaders. But other than during the speaking itself, when do you find time to hone your public-speaking skills?

In this workshop-based class, learners will practice the hard skills necessary to be a better public speaker. Through a series of practical exercises to increase awareness and mastery of posture and breathing, learners will become more poised and confident before they ever step in front of a microphone. “Real world” challenges will be incorporated into the class, such as having to write and present a speech in 10 minutes, as well as answer questions off the cuff. Everyone (including you!) will leave more confident in their speaking skills.

The session will include activities and exercises to help learners feel confident and present their best.


  • Posture and breathing techniques to create a more poised appearance
  • Verbal warmups
  • Pitch and intonation for “American Melody” method of public speaking
  • Preparing remarks with minimal notice


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use talking points naturally without sounding scripted.
  • Describe effective posture and body language for common public-speaking situations.
  • Demonstrate effective vocal warm-ups.


  • Executive directors and CEOs
  • Communications and marketing directors
  • Board chairs
  • Anybody who speaks publicly for your organization


Matthew Terrell works as communications director for Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta. In this role, he provides much of the written word across multiple platforms for Dad's Garage—including newsletters, annual reports, grantwriting, board and staff updates, building signage, and policy documents. Terrell works closely with journalists to ensure ample media coverage of Dad's Garage, and has garnered the organization increased local and national media. In addition to his day job, Terrell works as a freelance writer and artist. His writing appears regularly in VICE, Huffington Post, and Burnaway. Terrell's artwork has been shown on The Beltline, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Whitespace Gallery, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Terrell has a BFA and MFA in writing from SCAD, and an MA in communications from Georgia State University. He is an alumnus of the Rotary Ambassadorial Program, NPR's Next Generation Radio, and Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta. 


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1:00 – 4:00 pm


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Registration Details

Member: $150 
Nonmember: $195

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.