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Helping to build student confidence

Students who fund public speaking daunting, whether in front of a crowd, at a job interview, or just in passing conversation, have an opportunity to attend a free workshop specifically aimed at developing communication skills.

The workshop, “Building Self Confidence Through Communication and Conversation,” created by 16-year Toastmaster veteran Jackie Bates, will return to City College for a second year Thursday, Sept. 25, at noon in the Cultural Awareness Center.

Bates said she is looking forward to returning to City College after the success her workshop had at the campus last year.

“The program helps you sell yourself — for the job, for life,” Bates said, “I’m here to help. My gift is encouragement.”

Tamara Knox, student assistant at the Cultural Awareness Center, said she attended Bates’ workshop last year.

“I recommend her workshop to anyone and everyone because her information is invaluable,” said Knox, “It’s not just about public speaking — it’s about communication in general.”

Bates said she is shocked by the number of people between the ages of 20 and 40 who lack communication skills The use of interjections are constantly heard because people don’t know how to use their voices confidently and assertively in conversation.

“A lot of people say ‘uh’, ‘um’, and ‘you know’ quite a bit when they are talking, and that is not professional speaking,” said Bates. “It’s something that we learn when we grow up, but it’s not professional when you’re going out for a job interview.”

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“It’s really for anybody that has low self-esteem, or wants to improve their communication skills, or a person that wants to learn how to interview,” Bates said. “This gives them the skills that they need and the little techniques they can use.”

Bates, a retired United Services Automobile Association employee, said she joined Toastmasters in 1998 after her husband suffered a stroke. She encouraged him to join the series of communication and public speaking workshops after his speech therapy to further improve his speech.

“I worked along with him, and I saw the benefit it had for my husband,” Bates said. “Now that I worked through the Toastmasters program, I have my own business to help others.”

Although Bates has successfully taken her workshop to different locations and groups, such as the Folsom Prison Women’s Re-Entry program and the Sacramento Employment Training Agency, as well working with people one on one, she said she enjoys the group communication at the college level.

“A lot of students at this level don’t have self-confidence,” Bates said, “Coming from high school to college now, they don’t have that confidence.”

Knox, who was Bates’ first student in the “Building Confidence…” workshop in 2013 added, “What she says in the program is that we all have voices, and if we don’t use them, we are taken advantage of.”

The “Building Self Confidence Through Communication and Conversation” is free, open to all students and requires no pre-enrollment.

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