Graduate School USA 202-314-3300 Practice and individual feedback are designed to improve confidence and delivery during three-hour Thursday-night meetings at the school’s L’Enfant Plaza center.
Learning Tree International 888-843-8733 In “Public Speaking: Conveying Your Message With Confidence” and “Delivering Dynamic Presentations” students at education centers in Reston, Alexandria, and Rockville practice giving presentations. Courses last two to three days.
Prince George’s Community College 301-336-6000 In the six-week “At Ease With Public Speaking” course, students give weekly presentations to become comfortable in front of a group.
Shakespeare Theatre Company 202-547-5688 In the eight-to-ten-week “Acting for Business Professionals,” you can practice acting skills with members of the company. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer. One-day workshops are sometimes offered through employers. Stagefright Survival School 877-657-8243 Alexandria attorney Burton Rubin and psychiatrist David L. Charney use distraction and focusing exercises in a small group setting to help participants overcome public-speaking anxiety.
Toastmasters International 949-858-8255 With 400-plus local chapters, members of this coalition of speaking clubs take turns giving speeches and offering feedback over lunch and in other casual settings.
This article appears in the August 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.