October 22, 2007

Lura Dolas at She's Geeky

luradolas.gif She's Geeky starts shortly, and one session during the scheduled portion of this otherwise unconference is with Lura Dolas. It's today from 3:30-5:30pm at the Computer History Museum.

I've taken two classes with Lura, one at the Berkeley Repertory Theater (2 hours) and one full day at Citizen Space. One thing I noticed was that during the session, as we practiced the exercises for better speaking, I thought what we were doing was a "little bit helpful" in focusing my speaking and helping the audience connect better with what I was saying. But it wasn't until a few weeks later, as I found myself using some of what I learned with her, that I realized she'd brought about a significant change in my speaking effectiveness. She had changed both my small group and large public speaking.

She is a very clear and respectful teacher, and it's obvious from talking with her that she's got years of experience, but I think what is most amazing is her presence. She can speak loudly, but she's not a loud person. Rather, she commands attention as a very small woman in a room full of larger and often louder people. But everyone listens to her and they do this because of her presence and clarity. Her techniques and tools help her students get closer to this sort of presence.

One thing I have high on my list of things to do for the folks who work at Dabble is to bring her in for a day to train folks to communicate and discuss better. I think every company or organization could use her remarkable skills as a teacher to improve what they need to accomplish, even as most of the people in an organization do not speak publicly. It's a matter of achieving clarity and strength, confidence and setting people at ease as a person expresses ideas. No matter the size of the conversation.

Here's the write up on her session (which is free with the conference admission - a great deal considering what speaking coaches charge but she's doing it because she believes in our mission to help women develop further professionally in the tech community):

Why pubic speaking at She's Geeky? Because we know that there is a dearth of women speakers at events and conferences, and we know that there is a kind of feedback loop between women speaking at an event, showing her expertise and experience, and being asked to work in leadership roles. Many women fall into technology development, and into positions that might allow them to progress to positions of power, but good speaking skill is critical for this.

Lura is a renowned speaking trainer and acting coach. She offers a 2 hour session to practice techniques that will help you realize your goals in your career outside and within your workspaces. She has taught one day workshops at Citizen Space and teaches privately. We are lucky to have such a talented speaking trainer and if you have any interest training, I'd highly recommend that you attend her session.

Posted by Mary Hodder at October 22, 2007 11:25 AM | TrackBack

I'm sooo glad you arranged to have her on the schedule. I learned so much!

Posted by: Beth Kanter at October 28, 2007 01:51 PM

Hi Beth,
Great.. I thought she would be a great addition to She's Geeky.

I'm so glad you learned from her.


Posted by: mary hodder at October 28, 2007 02:08 PM

I only wish more of us could have been in that room. She's a brilliant teacher - thank you for what you did to make the session possible. I'll be drawing on that workshop - and on the fantastic energy of She's Geeky as a whole - for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: Elizabeth Perry at October 29, 2007 06:15 PM