What if they start laughing at me? Nine fears I’ve had to face as a professional public speaker

Sara Ford has volunteered to speak to students/alumni about Public Speaking!!

Sara has presented over 100 talks, spoken at over 50 conferences, including 8 international conferences, and delivered a keynote address in front of 2500 people. While all these accomplishments read great on a resume, the truth about how she got there reads more like a Stephen King novel. The fact she was able to overcome so many public speaking fears is nothing short of a miracle, thanks to the public speaking training she’s received along the way. If you’ve ever groan when you saw “in-class presentation” on a syllabus, or dreaded being told “speak louder so we can hear you,” or got angry at points taken off for “font size too small” on your PowerPoint slides, your fears are now over. In this presentation, you’ll get the never-before-told story of 9 public speaking fears Sara’s had to face, so you’ll get the same professional training advice to rock any presentation.

Sara Ford is a Microsoft Program Manager on the Mac PowerPoint team, a Distinguished Fellow at Mississippi State University, and an internationally award winning book author. In Seattle she was the Program Manager for CodePlex.com, Microsoft’s open source project hosting site, where she pioneered many of Microsoft’s open source programs. Her 10-year career at Microsoft started as a software developer on Visual Studio, Microsoft’s software development application. Her interests in Human Factors began on Visual Studio where she led the effort to make it possible for blind developers to write code. She has written 2 books on Visual Studio, donating all her author royalties to a scholarship fund she created for Hurricane Katrina survivors of her hometown. Her life-long dream is to be a 97-year old weightlifter so she can be featured on the local news.

Come by, socialize, and learn more about the Art of Public Speaking!

When: Monday February 3, 2014 @ 7-8:30 pm
Where: SJSU Student Union, Pacifica Room

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Spring Semester Kick-off Social

Spring semester is starting this week!

We would like to invite you to kick-off the semester right and come on down to the Old Wagon Saloon.  All past, current students, and friends and family are welcome!

When: Saturday February 1st, at 7pm
Where: Old Wagon Saloon in San Jose (73 N San Pedro St.)

Come by, socialize, and have a good time!

Happy New Year!