Prevention professionals are not only expected to be experts about substance use/misuse prevention, they are also expected to be able to speak about the field before diverse groups as well as be an effective facilitator of various curricula!  Public speaking is one of the ten worst fears of adults in the United States.  Although some people are born with natural abilities related to teaching and public speaking, good speaking and/or teaching skills can be learned! And learn we will through this highly participatory workshop!


Participants will be able to name/explain/use:

  • Presentation skills that are particularly applicable to the needs of the prevention professional
    • Working with children and youth;
    • Speaking with parents, community members, partnering agencies, and other professionals from a variety of fields
  • Challenging questions and uncomfortable situations
  • Fundamental presentation skills


  • Allesandra, Tony. Communicating at Work: Improve your Speaking, Listening, Presentation, and Correspondence Skills
  • Tamblyn, Doni. Laugh and Learn: 95 Ways to Use Humor for More Effective Teaching and Training
  • Vella, Jane. Learning to Listen Learning to Teach: The Power of Dialogue in Educating Adults
  • Gardner, Howard. Multiple Intelligences
  • McKenzie, Walter. Multiple Intelligences Inventory
  • Emdin, Christopher. Teach Teachers How to Create Magic – com

Format:  PowerPoint, Facilitated Discussion, Interactive Activities, Videos


  • 1 to 1.5 hrs. (Conferences only)
  • 3 hr. Workshop