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“Public Speaking for Creatives” – Arts@Work

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn to speak confidently and eloquently about your creative business! Led by professional speaker and author Ruth Livingston!

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Would you like to develop a dynamic one-minute sell and speak with confidence? This interactive workshop will equip you with tools in attention grabbing, using powerful language, clearly making your points, constructing effective conclusions, and delivering presentations effectively. You will develop your one-minute sell, while learning techniques to prepare and present meaningful speeches.

There will be a PowerPoint presentation and handouts to guide you through this introduction to public speaking for creatives. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions of Ruth, whose textbook is used by communications professors across the nation. Join us–and bring a friend.

Admission is free but seating is limited, so register early!

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Ruth Livingston has been a speech communication professor for Northeast State Community College since 2003. She teaches courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication and debate. She also teaches communication skills workshops for businesses, organizations and health care workers. She is the Executive Director for the Tennessee Communication Association. In 2016, she received the Communicator of the Year Award by the Tennessee Communication Association. Ruth received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication from East Tennessee State University. She has two master’s degrees: one in Education from Milligan College and the other in Professional Communication from East Tennessee State University. Her PhD is from Capella University in Profession Studies in Education. She also has Communication Certifications from Toastmasters International and a Professional Listening Certification from the International Listening Association.

Ruth has also published two editions of her textbook, Advanced Public Speaking: Dynamics and Techniques, currently used in college classrooms across the United States.


Create Appalachia strives to make the Appalachian Highlands a better place to live and work by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship centered around the arts and creativity. We work to sustain an environment that will generate new businesses, provide jobs in arts-based businesses, and highlight the important role that creativity plays in the region’s economic vitality.



The Arts@Work Series supports entrepreneurial and self-employed artists and makers who wish to develop their professional business skills. Topics include introductions to business strategy, marketing, communication and promotion, pricing, and client relations. The 2021-2022 Arts@Work series was curated to meet the particular needs of small creative businesses.


The Tennessee Arts Commission has generously provided funding for this Arts@Work offering through its Arts Build Communities grant program.



January 20
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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