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Nov. 2, 2005

Women's Center Offers Public Speaking Workshop

"Speak Up! Speak Out: Basic Public Communication Skills for Activists" is the second seminar for the 2005-06 year of the Women's Resource and Action Center's Social Change Training Program series. The workshop will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Common Room (lower level) at Old Brick, 26 E. Market Street in Iowa City.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required; call 319-335-1486 to sign up. The fee for the workshop is $10.  A limited number of scholarships are available on a first-registered, first-served basis. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Housing Authority.

Public speaking skills are important for anyone who wants to share information with others, or hopes to persuade others about an issue. Other than the introductory speech class many people may have taken in high school, many activists have paid little attention to the formal consideration of communication skills, especially public speaking. This workshop will cover basic skills to help participants become more comfortable and effective public speakers, whether they are called upon to give a presentation at a board meeting, a city council meeting or a political rally. Topics will include organizing thoughts, analyzing the audience and developing performance skills. Participants will have opportunities to practice skills in the workshop.

The trainer for the seminar is Laurie Haag, program developer at the Women's Resource and Action Center. Haag has an extensive academic and professional background in communications, including graduate study in the UI Department of Communication Studies and teaching numerous courses at the University of Iowa and at other institutions.

Founded in 1971, The Women's Resource & Action Center is one of the oldest university-based women's centers in the United States. Among its services - which are available to UI students, faculty and staff and to the general public - are information and referral, advocacy, support and discussion groups, individual counseling, and a wide variety of educational programs including seminars, workshops, festivals and discussions.

More information about the Center and its activities is available on the web at

For further information, to register for the workshop and/or to arrange a needed accommodation to participate, call the Center at 319-335-1486.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Laurie Haag, 319-335-1486,; Writer: Linda Kroon