From Anxiety-Riddled Dread,to World-Class Distinction
As the author of a book on public speaking, a communications professor, and a presentation skills adviser to thousands of managers, leaders and executives across the United States, you might think that I was “presenting before I could walk.”
But the truth is throughout my childhood and into early adulthood, I dreaded giving presentations. In fact, to avoid the agony of a semester-long public speaking course in college, I chose what I thought was the lesser of two evils: participating in two debate tournaments. Technically, you might say that I had a perfect record over my first dozen debates: 0 wins, 12 losses.
For some people, frustration is the proverbial Mother of Invention. For an over-achiever like me who excelled in just about everything else, disgrace did the parenting duties: because in the aftermath of an especially humiliating defeat, I suddenly realized that my opponents weren’t actually smarter or better prepared than me. Rather, they had a set of skills that I lacked, and that made ALL the difference: they were articulate, confident, and could present with authority.
At that moment, I dedicated myself to becoming a world-class presenter, and empowering others with the presentation skills they need to achieve their personal and professional potential.
Since then, I’ve earned two communication degrees — a bachelor’s from Willamette University, and a master’s from the University of Maryland, College Park. I’ve also served as a communications director on Capitol Hill, taught public speaking to several thousand undergraduate and graduate students, authored the highly-rated book Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts. Most importantly, in 2008 I launched Spoken with Authority: a presentation skills consultancy that trains managers, leaders and executives to achieve a personal best every time they present.
And so, if you dread the thought of presenting — or even if you’re reasonably good now, but want to be truly outstanding in the near future — then be assured: I can help you speak with authority, and achieve your personal best every time you present!
Christine Clapp is the author of Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts and the president of Spoken with Authority, a presentation skills consultancy that trains professionals to achieve a personal best every time they present. Since 2008, her workshops and consulting engagements have helped thousands of professionals in law firms, consulting firms, associations, and corporations craft memorable presentations and deliver them with confidence.
Christine holds two degrees in communication: a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. Early in her career, she worked on Capitol Hill for two years as a communications aide to a senator and three years as a communications director for a member of Congress. She also taught public speaking to undergraduate and graduate students at The George Washington University for over a decade.