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State Offers Free Workshop Targeting Business Presentation Skills

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) are sponsoring a free workshop that will help you improve your personal presentation skills.

Elizabeth Galligan of Newberry Public Relations and Marketing will present “A Crash Course in Fearless Public Speaking for the Business Professional” Wed., Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence.

The workshop will focus on easy ways to overcome anxiety, techniques to speak well off the cuff and how to get ideas across verbally with poise in any setting. Topics will include when to use gestures, adding humor and visual aids and dealing with stage fright.

Galligan has nearly 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing. She earned the Accredited in Public Relations designation from the Public Relations Society of America and achieved the Able Toastmaster Bronze and Competent Leader levels from Toastmasters International.

The seminar is offered through "We Mean Business," which is a joint venture between Mollis' First Stop Business Information Center and Every Company Counts (ECC), the small business initiative of RIEDC. We Mean Business connects business owners with the local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations that impact their companies. To register, contact ECC at 278-9174 or

The Secretary of State's office works with almost every company registered to do business in Rhode Island. The office oversees recording commercial liens, protecting corporate trademarks and providing advice to start-up businesses.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit

RIEDC's mission is to create jobs, help companies expand and develop their workforce, and identify opportunities to bring new companies into our state. RIEDC offers a host of programs, both in-house and in collaboration with partner organizations, to support the businesses of Rhode Island and to achieve the goals of job retention and sustainable job growth.

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  • Release date: 09-14-2010

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