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Creating the Choir: A Speakers Training Workshop for HCAO

Health Care for All-Oregon is offering a series of free training workshops for our speakers bureau at the HCAO office in Portland, 619 SW 11th, on Monday evenings, January 7, 14 and 21, from 6 pm - 9 pm. The workshops, presented by Larry Steward, retired PSU professor of Communications, are designed to provide training and practice in the composition and delivery of the HCAO message in a public forum, with the purpose of establishing a cadre of confidant, articulate presenters capable of generating support for HCAO principles across the State of Oregon.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be:

  • Fluent in the history, principles and objectives of HCAO

  • Able to select and utilize appropriate materials for public presentations.

  • Able to compose and effectively deliver the HCAO message in a variety of settings and venues.

  • Able to cope with difficult questions with poise, confidence and accurate information.

  • Familiar with and able to utilize a variety of visual aids.

  • Aware of the legal and ethical constraints in public presentations.

Syllabus:
Prior to the first meeting, participants will agree to read either Deadly Spin or Healing of America, preferably both. There will be three 3-hour sessions (One 3-hour meeting each week for 3 weeks).

1st Meeting:
The History of HCAO (Lecture/Discussion, Article by M. Shapiro, 30 Min
Framing as an Attitude (Lecture/Discussion, Coping With Anxiety, (45 Min.)
Speech Composition/Exercise ( The Single Block, Statement and Support, Forms of Support, Sam Metz’s 3 Questions, 9 Answers, 90Min. )

2nd Meeting:
Review and Questions (30 Min.)
Three-minute presentations and critique (90 Min.)
Visual Aids and other Supporting Materials (Prezi, Video, Audience Participation/Solicitation of Stories.)
Assignment: Compose a list of three most difficult questions, with a separate list of possible answers.

3d Meeting:
Review and Questions (30 Min.)
The Hot Seat: Participants will stand alone to receive hostile questions (60-90 min.)
Video: (TBD, 30min)
Wrap up, Summaries, Suggestions for continued development.

Materials:
T.R. Reid, The Healing of America, Penguin Books, 2010
Wendell Potter, Deadly Spin, Bloomsbury Press, 2010

Larry Steward, Chairman, HCAO Education Committee

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