Melinda’s Upcoming Programs!

Melinda Henning’s SPEAKING SCHOOL

for Activists, Advocates, and Social Entrepreneurs


Hello Friends!

I’m happy to announce that, in response to numerous requests, I am again offering my SPEAKING SCHOOL workshops publicly in the SF Bay Area!

These are designed to be Unforgettable Learning Events that deliver knowledge, skills, and confidence you’ll use now and for years to come to achieve your speaking and social enterprise objectives.

Two newer 3 hour classes are now available, too:

  • Hot Seat Speaking: How to Leverage the Controversy in Your Cause
  • Treasure Maps and Talking Points: How to Find the People Who Care, and What to Say to Engage Them

Class descriptions and registration links are below.

As always, please feel free to phone me with any questions, to share your latest speaking challenges and successes, or to discuss how these workshops can be customized for your team. 415-806-9161.

I would love to talk with you, and I’m eager to help you make a difference … by speaking.


Speaking with Conviction:
How to Make the Case for Your Cause

This is essential training for every Executive Director, board member, development professional, and key volunteer who needs to change minds, touch hearts, and move listeners to action by speaking. It’s a solid foundation in content development and delivery skills for newer speakers and a polishing process for the more experienced. You’ll learn (and practice) how to:

  • prepare a memorable and persuasive speech of any length in record time, and
  • deliver it convincingly, with minimal dependence upon notes.

You can stop agonizing over important presentations! You’ll cut your prep time dramatically, be more concise, and become more convincing with my Seven Steps to Quick and Brilliant Speech Prep. In addition, my Advocate’s Org Chart (included) will reduce your reliance on notes, and help you to stay on message, yet avoid sounding scripted.  You’ll gain influence tools you can adapt to a variety of speaking challenges, become aware of your natural strengths, have a plan for continued improvement, and even find fun, – yes, fun! – in each of your opportunities to make a difference by speaking! Sign up with 2 or 3 colleagues, for an experience you can share and build upon over time together. $375 includes training, materials, video, and follow up phone consultation.

Hot Seat Speaking!
How to Leverage the Controversy in Your Cause

Opportunities to make an impact by speaking often come by surprise, during a crisis, or as part of a heated exchange with an unfriendly audience, especially when the issues you address are emotionally charged. You can’t risk rambling, blanking, or blowing up, – because these are times when people are really listening! In Hot Seat Speaking, you’ll learn (and practice) how to keep your composure in the heat of the moment, stay on message in the midst of distractions, express your strong opinion succinctly, and “dance” with angry audience responses. As a result, you’ll sound as smart as you are, no matter what, and gain positive leverage from the controversy inherent in your topic.$75.

Treasure Maps and Talking Points:How to Find the People Who Care and What to Say to Engage Them

This workshop is for you if you are charged with engaging individual donors in a cause or organization you care about. You may be inviting them to an event, encouraging them to volunteer, gathering signatures, or asking for funding directly. With templates and techniques to use in conversation or in formal meetings, TM&TP makes it easy for board members, enterprise leaders, key volunteers, and client beneficiaries to ask others for their involvement in concise, targeted, and personally authentic ways. $75.