Public Speaking for Business and More with Tom Dowd offered at UMaine Hutchinson Center, November 2.

Courtesy of: Tom Dowd

Belfast, Maine — A professional development program, Public Speaking for Business and More, will be offered Nov. 2, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Nonprofit leaders, business leaders, educators, municipal officials, members of the clergy and others interested in becoming a better, more effective speaker are invited to register.

Presenter Tom Dowd received a communications degree from the University of Delaware. He is a prize-winning speaker, and an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer and coach. As a member of Toastmasters International, Dowd exhibits consistent success in speech competitions and achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster status in 2015. Dowd utilized his 25+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industry to start Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching, LLC, where he helps people to creatively find their own paths to success.

Program participants will learn how to relieve the stress associated with speaking publicly; become skilled in speaking with or without notes; think quickly, speak logically and engage an audience; and use the power of personalized storytelling to increase information retention.

The cost of the program is $195 per person, and includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, visit hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development.

The Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, is committed to offering high-quality professional development programs to the greater midcoast Maine community.

For information or to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Diana McSorley, 207.338.8093; diana.mcsorley@maine.edu

About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service.

UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.

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