MICHAEL GLADKOFF'S SEMINAR: SPEECH POWER NEW website press release by Jennifer Zaman
Speech Power: The Leader’s Guide to Creating Powerful Presentations 17 November, 2016 Victoria University, City Flinders Campus
The Director of “Word Nerds”, Mr. Michael Gladkoff, conducted a day-long workshop on speech power and ways to create more persuasive and memorable speeches and presentations. In February this year, he authored a book by the same name as that of the workshop, which plays the guide. The Speech Power module focused on how to influence, inform and inspire audiences in any situation. Michael exhibited immense practical knowledge gained through his experiences and achievements. He articulately talked about how best to plan presentations and speeches to yield attention of different groups of audiences.
Mr. Gadkoff designed an interesting set of ideas and format, which is unique to his style and rare by degree. Citing instances faced by him personally went a long way in elaborating the various elements of drafting a successful speech and presentation. The session was very interactive and every participant got ample chances to share relevant incidents and personal opinion on various chapters of the Speech Power module.
Vast experiences went into developing this standard of a workshop and it was evident in the confidence Michael emoted. With sheer ease, he explained to the participants the techniques of combining credibility, logic, and emotions to maximize persuasiveness. He also suggested the use of stories to relate to the listeners and demonstrated modes of establishing strong connections thereby. The workshop also covered essential language parameters that are paramount for both speech and writing skills.
The Speech Power module developed from the manure of incredible work done by Michael for decades now. He began his long journey in public speaking as a member of Toastmasters in the mid-1980s. Years later, in 2004, he began creating speeches and presentations for leaders across Australia in business, government, health, and education sectors. He has also taught communication skills at corporations and not-for-profit organizations including Siemens Ltd, the Australian Red Cross, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Professional Speakers Australia and TiE Melbourne. Adding to this list, the other organizations Michael has, so far, assisted include Amcor, ANZ, Bendigo Bank, Carlton United Breweries, CSL Ltd, Electrolux, Harvey Norman, Institute of Chartered Accountants, James Cook University and NRMA.
As a public speaker, Michael has won numerous awards for his inspirational and humorous speeches as a member of Dandenong Ranges Toastmasters. He is, undoubtedly, one of the most talented speech writers Australia has witnessed. His workshop was enriching and left me wanting for more. He is a boon to anyone aspiring to learn effective speech techniques. His sessions are beneficial to corporate personals, students, government officials, leaders, and people in general willing to master the art. He has a flexible approach and gladly caters to the requirements of his participants.
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When you have denied all the possible answers that the mind can supply and devise, when the question remains absolutely unanswerable, a miracle happens: suddenly the question also disappears. When all the answers have been rejected, the question has no props, no supports inside to stand on any more. It simply flops, it collapses, it disappears.
When the question also has disappeared, then you know. But that knowing is not an answer: it is an existential experience. OSHO