All of us are in some ways in the “business” of making presentations. Whether pitching ideas to a client, or interviewing for a staff position, we are making presentations.

No matter how good you think you are at making presentations, do you think you could improve?




I thought so: Me, too! Well, here’s an opportunity to learn from a pro, do some networking, grab a buffet breakfast and then get on with the rest of your day.

CREW St. Louis (Commercial Real Estate Women – St. Louis) is taking reservations for attendance for their April meeing, with a presentation on “How to Build an Effective Memorable Presentation for one, 20 or 1,000.” The featured speaker is Bob Whiting, Vice President, Franklin Templeton Investments, headquartered in San Mateo, California.

The CREW announcement for this event describes the program for the morning this way,

“Good presenters do not write a script.  They have their thoughts organized in a way that is easier for their audience to follow and logically leads them to the desired action.  Bob will reveal how to structure presentations to clients and potential clients – tailored for groups of any size. 

Bob Whiting has been with Franklin Templeton Investments for 15 years and has effectively presented to groups of all sizes.  Bob is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and is frequently sought out to share his perspective on how to improve presentation skills.”

If you’re not a CREW member, but you’re an early bird with registering for this event, you can attend for $25, if paid by 4/12/09.

Here’s a > LINK < to the rest of the info and online registration.  I’ve attended several CREW events, and this organization is composted of a well-connected group of women (and the events attract an equal number of men) in decision-making positions. Definitely worth your time.

Here’s a > LINK < to Franklin Templeton‘s Web site.

Editor’s note: CREW will be accepting items at this event for The Little Bit Foundation (e.g., children’s clothing including socks, shoes, underwear, coats, etc.) Lawrence Group is a sponsor of The Little Bit Foundation, as well.


Here’s a > LINK < to The Little Bit Foudation‘s Web site. If you’re not familiar with The Little Bit Foundation, it is a 501C-3 nonprofit organization presently serving approximately 3,000 students in twelve St. Louis city schools. The foundation seeks to assist schools with 90 percent or above rate of students who receive subsidized meals.

The name is derived from the belief that “everyone can do a little bit … .” So, if you attend this program, bring a pair of boy’s underwear, girl’s underwear, athletic socks, or some school supplies. You’ll feel really good for your generosity.

The Little Bit Foundation has an online store for these items, and you can also > give online <.