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e-charisma: Communicating with Confidence Through the Webcam

In business, some people just seem to have “it” – an aura that says "I'm a leader." It's called charisma, and it can seem effortless – especially to those who don’t naturally exude such confident energy. In this course, you will discover that charisma is not some immutable, inborn talent – something you either have or you don’t – but rather a set of principles and practices that can be taught, learned, and honed. 

Of course, the pandemic has complicated the charisma equation: Doing business through a screen can rob even the most energetic communicators of their charisma. Assets like a booming voice, tall stature, and expressive body language can fail to translate fully over video, meaning that people who used to find themselves leading others effortlessly in person may have a hard time doing so virtually.

Join Matt Terrell of Dad's Garage for a fun, active, and engaging leadership class where you will be challenged to be your best, most open self – whether virtually or in person.


  • Conveying strength and looking your best on-screen: how everything factors in, from the way you frame yourself and your surroundings to the way you interact with the camera.
  • The "Yes, and..." mindset: responding with positivity and operating from a place of possibility, rather than defaulting to the negative or shutting others down.
  • Making your teammates look great: sharing the spotlight, building off the ideas of others, giving credit to teammates, and focusing on ways to help others.
  • Speaking skills: elocution, posture, and movement techniques to help you project confidence.


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

  • Frame yourself and your surroundings for positive effect.
  • Employ "Yes, and…" to explore possibilities with teammates.
  • Assess your strengths as a speaker and identify key areas of opportunity.


Suitable for anyone who interacts with others as part of their job (that's you!), this course may have particular value for:

  • Senior leaders, including executive directors and board chairs.
  • Young, rising leaders looking to strengthen their skills.
  • Managers and supervisors.
  • Public-facing roles in areas like case management, direct-service programming, front desk and customer service, community and civic engagement, fundraising and development, and marketing and communications.


Matt 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. 


  • May 18, 2021


1:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT


Online Class
You will receive log-in information after registering for the course.

Registration Details

Member: $85
Nonmember: $110

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

May 18, 2021

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