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You Choose: Tied Tongues or Compelling Presentations?


Chicago GSB
Gleacher Center
Room 600
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

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Catherine Glynn
Speak by Design

Stephanie Bickel
Founder and Coach
Speak by Design


6:30 - 7:00 PM: Networking
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Presentation
8:30 PM: Cash Bar Reception at the Midway Club


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Register by Phone: 312-861-7998


Rachel Patterson, '03

Event Details

You’re smart, you have so much information in your head and at your fingertips, and now you have to share your thoughts, processes and conclusions with all levels of the company. Whether or not you become tongue-tied, whether or not you’re a consultant, whether or not you’ve done it many times before (perhaps in another language), it can be a challenging situation. Catherine Glynn and Stephanie Bickel, of Speak by Design, have coached executives in many companies -- including Fortune 100 and major international consulting and not-for-profit firms – helping them perfect their presentation skills and techniques. Using an interactive format, Glynn and Bickel will address such topics as what things to think about and how to focus when presenting. They will also share a few war stories. You won’t want to miss this highly practical Consulting Roundtable on Thursday May 24 at the Gleacher Center.

Speak by Design was founded in 2000 to work with companies and individuals on all aspects of communication. It offers private coaching and group workshops. Every Speak by Design course is structured to meet its client company’s communication needs. The firm partners with its clients to achieve their public speaking goals through a systematic presentation coaching process that emphasizes customized care and assistance. Among other things, the firm offers speaking skills improvement, including accent reduction, vocal development, and cross-cultural training.

Speaker Profiles

Catherine Glynn
Coach, Speak by Design

Catherine began working with Speak by Design in 2005. She has been leading the firm’s public speaking efforts since early 2006 and also offers executive coaching in accent reduction, cross-cultural communication skills, and public speaking topics.

As an actor, Catherine has worked at the New American Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, the Austin Texas Shakespeare Festival, and was an active member of the Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company for over four years. While in Austin, she earned over nine Austin Critic's nominations and won the 2000 Austin Critic's Circle Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Most recently, she has been seen in national commercials for, Sears, Kitchen Aid, Assurant Health, and is the 2007 spokesmodel for Stella Cheese. She taught Voice & Speech, Acting, and Viewpoints -- a form of movement based improvisation at the University of Texas, at Austin, and led the actor training workshops for the Rude Mechanicals for two and half years. She has also delivered communications workshops with Lynn Segal of Austin, TX, and performed in business oriented improv workshops in Dallas, TX with the Rude Mechanicals. She attended the College of St. Benedict's and received a BA in humanities from St. John's University. She has an MFA from the University of Delaware as well as an MFA in Acting from the University of Texas.

Stephanie Bickel
Founder and Coach, Speak by Design

Stephanie founded Speak by Design in 2000. She has taught Business Communications and Public Speaking for Roosevelt University. Stephanie and Speak by Design have been featured twice in the Chicago Tribune, and her articles have appeared in many publications. She spent most of 2006 living in Amsterdam as an executive speech coach to an American expat. Aside from her public speaking coaching and accent reduction services, she has developed workshops on building trust, business etiquette, first impressions, and creating charisma for companies. As an actor, she has performed at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Shawnee Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and First Folio, to name a few. She has dialect-coached numerous productions including those at Timeline Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, Shattered Globe, and Piccolo Theatre. She is a member of VASTA, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and, among others, has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Today’s Chicago Woman, About Achievement, Spiritual Journey’s Ezine, Self Improvement Newsletter, and Women’s Lifestyle Magazine. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she received a BBA Marketing and Roosevelt University, an MFA Acting.


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