Symposium Session: Express, Engage, Empower! Be a Better Speaker

Theses courses are exclusive to Spring 2017 Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken as regular courses by those who did not attend.

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1070, 1130, 4000, 6080
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.6

Being an effective speaker requires much more than simply being comfortable in front of an audience and sharing good content. Every dietitian speaks to an audience at some point—whether it is for the public, your peers, or in meetings. Take your presentation skills from good to great by learning simple strategies to help you get organized, save time, share evidence-based information, let your personality shine through, and empower your audience to take action!

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Integrate the confidence and tools needed to enhance existing presentation skills and exceed audience expectations including content, delivery, and participation.
  2. Construct presentation objectives and content that are relevant to your audience, supported, concise, simple, actionable, positive, and memorable.
  3. Prepare main points to convey in a compelling way using storytelling, visuals, and an inspirational call to action.
  4. Utilize a “presentation checklist” to enhance preparation and improve evaluations.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 CDR
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Melissa Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, is an award-winning, nationally recognized dietitian, speaker, blogger, podcaster, and media trainer with more than 20 years’ experience. She is the founder of Sound Bites, Inc, where she promotes “sound science, smart nutrition and good food” and is known as “The Guilt-Free RD”—“because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!” A certified diabetes educator and former supermarket dietitian, Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery, and health care industries. She is a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and received the Academy’s Media Excellence Award in 2016. Recently named as one of “10 Dietitians You Need to Follow on Social Media” by US News & World Report, Melissa helps people digest food and nutrition information so they can make their own well-informed decisions based on facts, not fear.

The presenter has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 CDR


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