Present Like a Pro, Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking

Candy Campbell
Candy Campbell

By Candy Campbell, DNP, RN, CNL, FNAP

Sign up for this session if you identify with any of these situations:

  • Given a choice, you would rather undergo a dental extraction than stand in front of a room and be required to speak.
  • To calm your nerves, you read your speech.
  • If you lost your notes, you would be dead in the water.
  • If the computer, the projector, or the electricity failed, you would be unable to deliver your presentation.
  • People ask you to “Speak up, “ even though you are using a microphone.
  • During your presentation, you notice audience members nodding off to sleep.
  • You pray there is no time left for questions.
  • You speak so fast, you finish your talk five (or more) minutes early.
  • After your talk, audience members rise quickly to leave.
  • The only person to approach you after your presentation is the audio-guy, to remove your mic.

If you said, “YES” to any of the above, here’s great news: You’ve come to the right place!
In this interactive breakout session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the three components of a successful speech.
  2. Demonstrate how to rock the two most important minutes of your speech.
  3. Discuss seven bad habits of an ineffective speaker.

About Candy

Dr. Campbell’a first degree is in Speech Communications and Theatre. She has appeared on stage, radio, in film, TV, and commercials. In 1994, Campbell co-founded an improv-comedy troupe called The Barely Insane Players that performed for several years in the San Francisco Bay area. She worked as a speech coach for > 40 years, and has taught improv to all ages and stages since 1995. Her third solo show is a character portrayal of Florence Nightingale, which has received rave reviews. She has earned awards as a speaker, actor, filmmaker, writer, and fine artist. Campbell is a proud member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and the National Speakers Association.

Within healthcare, Dr. Campbell has worked as a nurse, administrator, and educator in the areas of hospital and public health for over 30 years.

A five year research project with families of preemies and a passion to share knowledge about the psycho-social implications of having a severely premature baby compelled her to create the award-winning film, Micropremature Babies: How Low Can You Go?

As an author, Campbell says she only writes books she wants to buy and can’t find. Her children’s books include: My Mom Is A Nurse, My Grandma Is a Nurse, and Good Things Come In Small Packages (I Was A Preemie). Her other books are Channeling Florence Nightingale: Integrity, Insight, Innovation, and Mine Your Mind: A System for Creative Problem Solving.