CONCORD, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare Speaking Coach Candy Campbell is a nurse with a different mission. She wants to reform healthcare, beginning with the speaker's platform. Campbell is taking her message to cyberspace, and is presenting a seven-part series of speaking tips and presentation techniques to assist healthcare leaders from all disciplines.
Campbell tells of her personal angst at having to sit through so many "certifiably awful" healthcare presentations as the motivation to do something to address the problem.
"Many really intelligent people in the healthcare professions lack basic presentation skills. Conferences dedicated to delivering continuing professional education, and inspiring needed change, cannot achieve their goals when listeners tune out," says Campbell, who specializes in helping her clients overcome a fear of speaking in public.
Crediting her work as a performer of improv and stand-up comedy, Campbell uses humor to get her point across, she says. "I don't teach my students that they have to play Patch Adams and wear a red clown nose to add humor to a situation. They just need to be alert to the subtext of conversations around us. A little levity goes a long way in life, whether it's at the bedside or in the boardroom," she quips.
Campbell, who conducts seminars in interprofessional communications, shares these speaking tips from her series:
- Don't waste time in your opening with "thank you" statements or stating the name of your presentation. Get right into the meat of the presentation with a stimulating question/fact/or story.
- Loosen up. Use the kind of language that lingers in the minds of your listeners. It's not that difficult, but like all things in life, it takes practice.
- Limit your points covered. We know you've done fabulous research in the subject for the past 20 years, but we want the short and sweet, not the whole dissertation.
- Don't end with Q & A. Address questions a few minutes prior your conclusion, and then end with a bang.
- Find humor in your material. It's not difficult, if you don't take yourself too seriously.
Client raves about Campbell's coaching and presentation seminars:
"I don't know if the Women's Health Center ever had so much laughter in one place. You have such an outstanding blend of very professional, warm and personal presentation, engaging the group," says Valerie Keim, MA, John Muir Women's Health Center, Walnut Creek, CA.
To learn more about Campbell's coaching and consulting practice, and to download "The 7 Traps For Speakers" video series (and accompanying study guide), go to: http://candycampbell.com/
About Candy Campbell & Associates
Candy Campbell (also known as Candy the Nurse) is an author, filmmaker, actor, and speaker who specializes in healthcare communications. As a passionate proponent of maternal-child health and public health policy issues, she serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for two consumer magazines from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and volunteers as a public health advocate through the American Nurses' Association of CA. She donates a portion of the proceeds of each of her books (and the film Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go?) to the March of Dimes, for whom she serves as a media spokesperson in Northern CA.
For more information, visit http://candycampbell.com.
SOURCE Candy Campbell & Associates