UMaine Hutchinson Center offers two-part online public speaking training

Tom Dowd

Belfast, Maine — Registration is open for an online public speaking program with Tom Dowd through the Hutchinson Center’s professional development program. The program runs June 3 and 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is $125 and need-based scholarships are available. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

Distinguished Toastmaster Tom Dowd (also known as “Transformation Tom”) will lead the two-part online version of Practical Public Speaking for Business and More. In-person versions of this program have been taught at the Hutchinson Center three times previously and several more are planned for the fall. Dowd 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.

Public Speaking is a useful course for business leaders, clergy, educators, managers, municipal employees, nonprofit workers, researchers and anyone who wants to improve communication skills. Throughout the program, public speaking through online platforms (such as Zoom) will be addressed. Program participants will learn how to relieve the stress associated with speaking publicly; become skilled in speaking with or without notes; and support their message most efficiently. They’ll learn to think quickly, speak logically, engage an audience and use the power of storytelling to increase audience attention.

This course is one of the first online professional development programs to be offered by the Hutchinson Center. Those participating in this course, being taught synchronously, will need access to reliable internet. In-person professional development programs will be available when the UMaine campuses reopen. In the meantime, the Hutchinson Center hopes to offer more online professional development programs on a regular basis.


For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, michelle.patten@maine.edu; 207.338.8002. 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 more information about upcoming professional development programs, to register online, or apply for a need-based scholarship, go online.

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