April 17, 2007


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Bucknell University in collaboration with the Regional 4-H Leaders will offer the seminar, "Building Bridges Through Communication,” Saturday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carriage Corner Restaurant in Mifflinburg.

The cost for the seminar is $30 and includes an etiquette luncheon. Seating is limited; registration is required. Call 570-577-1249, email SBDC@bucknell.edu, or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC.xml

The seminar will feature several speakers and topics:

Janet Allis, Youth Development/4-H Educator of Central Susquehanna Counties and Penn State Cooperative Extension in Snyder County, will lead the seminar, "Helping 4-H'ers Give Better Presentations." The discussion, including preparation, delivery, and using visuals offers guidance through the steps to help 4-H'ers prepare for county presentation contests.

A member of the Greater Williamsport Toastmasters will lead the seminar, "How To Be A Better Speaker." Topics feature how to include a good opening, a solid body, and a memorable conclusion to speeches. Attendees will learn how to outline a proposed speech, delivery techniques and speaking habits that detract from a message.

Pam Brennan, corporate communications officer for Omega Bank, will lead the seminar, "Interviewing Skills and Dealing with the Media." Topics include what to say to newspaper reporters demanding interviews, how to put your best food forward (and not in your mouth), and how to make your organization shine.

Bruce Smith of the Central Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce will lead the seminar, "Networking," with a discussion of where to find contacts and how to approach contacts for help.

Lori Connelly, director of communications for PennAg Industries, will present the Etiquette Luncheon, with guidance on which silverware to use, who stays seated, who stands, who extends their hand first in greeting, and other elements of etiquette.

Karen Trautmann, OnFire Productions, will give the seminar "Elements of Design," exploring how size, shape, texture, color, motion, light all play into the pleasing elements of design to hold a viewer's attention.

The Bucknell SBDC provides free small business consulting services to residents of Juniata, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties. To request free business consulting services, complete the online request at http://www.bucknell.edu/SBDC.xml

Posted April 17, 2007

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