Would you like to gain more confidence in presenting yourself and your message to others? Did you know that for the past eight years, the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) rank communication ability as one of the most important skills sought after by job seekers? Yes, presenting a clear, confident, and concise message will help you in a job interview and with your job performance. You can overcome one of the #1 greatest fears, Public Speaking, and improve your self-confidence. Communication Instructor, Tricia Pritchard, and Broadway Actor, Michael Marra, have created a unique Speech class, SpeakEasy, for you! Their goal for you, “learn to be comfortable by stepping outside of your comfort zone.” In this six-week, 12-hour workshop, you will learn effective and fun communication strategies that have been taught to students, professionals, and entertainers. Seating is limited to 10 participants (first-come, first-serve), so sign-up today!
During the six-week class, featured topics will include:
· Overcoming speech anxiety
· Understanding the various speech types and strategies
· Writing a memorable speech
· Utilizing verbal and nonverbal communication techniques
· Thinking creatively and “in the moment”
· Delivering an effective “Elevator Speech”
All sessions will include materials, exercises, and peer evaluations. Value-added opportunities will be made available to all participants to practice their communication skills outside of the class (i.e., networking events).
Class Dates and Fee:
September 12, 19, and 26, 2017
October 3, 10, and 17, 2017
$500.00 per participant
Each workshop will be from 6-8 PM and held at the:
Butler Center for the Performing Arts
122 W Penn Street
Butler, PA 16001
To register: Please fill out the registration form below and drop it off with your payment (checks made payable to BCPA) by September 4. Credit cards are also accepted.
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Recipient of the 2017 WSBA (Women’s Small Business Association) Business Woman of the Year and the 2016 Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Prestigious Business Leader Award, Tricia Pritchard is a passionate, FUN, experienced communication and entrepreneurial-spirited professional that has an extensive background in customer service, sales, marketing, public relations, event planning, public speaking, professional development, writing/editing, and higher education.
With over 12 years teaching higher education courses at Duquesne University and Butler County Community College (BC3), Tricia creates a learning environment that encourages collaboration. Tricia specializes in the following subjects: Public Speaking, Business & Professional Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Technical Writing. Tricia also teaches professional development courses for area businesses. She has presented to businesses, including: AK Steel, Armstrong, Sonneborn, Oberg Industries, Stirling Eye Care Vision Source, Quality Life Services, Care Chiropractic Center, and Clarion University. Tricia enjoys finding creative ways to teach others the value of effective communication skills. She has been a featured speaker at the following organizations: Butler County Community College, Business Referral Xchange, Butler PM Rotary, T-L-C (Train-Learn-Connect) Networking Group, Butler Collaborative for Families, Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber, Cranberry Township Area LIONS Club, Butler LIONS Club, Butler Earlybirds Toastmaster’s International, and St. Fidelis Sisters of Faith.
In February 2014, Tricia joined the Family Bowlaway Fun Center and 11th Frame Bar and Grille teams as Director of Sales, Marketing and Events. In this position, Tricia designed and implemented a customized event planning approach to meet the unique needs of every customer. The outcome has been a 300+ increase in sales and superior customer satisfaction.
Valuing community service, Tricia is an active volunteer. She volunteers her time for the following: Twilight Wish Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association, Community Care Connections Advisory Council “We Belong,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Council, Center for Community Resources Board of Directors, and Butler County Area Vocational-Technical School Advisory Council. Tricia received her B.A. in Communication Studies in 1994 and her M.A. in Corporate Communications in 1999 from Duquesne University.
MICHAEL L. MARRA
Michael L. Marra is a veteran of Broadway and the National Tour of Les Miserables where he portrayed the Bishop of Digne, as well as logged over 70 performances in his understudy role as Thenardier. Here he worked alongside Lea Salonga, Laurie Beechman, and Andrea McArdle. He was an originating cast member of the First National Tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and alongside Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara. Michael has also appeared in Off-Off Broadway productions, regional theatres, cruise ships, and amusement parks.
After spending 18 years in New York, Michael moved back to his home town of Butler, PA, where he now lives and is raising his family. While here, he took part in Pittsburgh CLO’s production of The Producers with Joey Fatone. He has become a favorite at The Strand Theatre in Zelienople starring as Harold Hill in The Music Man, Bill Sykes in Oliver and The King in Big River. Michael is slated to play Rooster in their upcoming production of Annie. He can be seen and heard in numerous industrial videos, commercials, photo shoots and voice overs in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas. In addition to his acting credits, Michael is an accomplished Master of Ceremonies, Technical Director, Master Carpenter and Set Designer having created sets for off-Broadway, as well as private high schools. He is currently a faculty member for the Butler Center for the Performing Arts.MICHAEL L. MARRA