Developing Effective & Inspiring Speakers

Having chosen four researchers to speak at the organization’s 60th Anniversary Dinner, the Population Council wanted to support each of them in being confident and inspiring presenters. Thaler Pekar worked with each of the speakers to develop the content of his or her speech, with particular emphasis on the anecdotes and stories that frame the content and made complex research clear and tangible, and to coach the speakers in effective presentation and communication skills.

Each person shared a recollection of a meaningful experience at the Council, and moved the audience to better understanding and appreciating the Council’s complex work. The audience was thoroughly engaged, and staff members said they reconnected with and recommitted to their work as a result of hearing their colleagues. The speakers themselves received valuable support in identifying and building upon their presentation strengths and are poised for stronger public presence as organizational ambassadors.

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