Public Speaking at the Hutchinson Center

Do you wince when you see this photo? Do you have something to say, but are too afraid to take the mic? If so, clear your calendar for “Public Speaking for Business and More” on Nov. 7, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

In this program, participants will learn how to relieve the stress associated with speaking publicly. They will become skilled in speaking with or without notes; learn to think quickly, speak logically and engage an audience; and use the power of personalized storytelling to increase information retention.

Presenter Tom Dowd received a communications degree from the University of Delaware. He is a prize-winning speaker, and an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer and coach. As a member of Toastmasters International, Dowd exhibits consistent success in speech competitions and achieved the Distinguished Toastmaster status in 2015. He utilized his 25+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industry to start Thomas Dowd Professional Development and Coaching, LLC, where he helps people to creatively find their own paths to success.

The cost of the program is $150 per person and includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit

Public speaking is one of several professional development programs offered at the Hutchinson Center. In all businesses, no matter how big or small, professional development opportunities are a benefit for employees that can help ensure their skills are current and they are equipped to handle challenges.

Check out the Hutchinson Center’s Professional Development page to learn more about some of the following upcoming programs here.

Implementing Project Management Sept. 20, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 This comprehensive, three-day professional development program is designed for project managers who have a solid grasp of basic project management and are interested in the challenges that result as the methodology introduced into an organization. Learn how to develop a persuasive presentation about your project, examine the causes of project implementation failure and analyze a project challenge.

Grant Writing Certificate Program Sept. 30–Oct. 4 This weeklong program is for people who are new to grant writing or are exploring the field, those who are currently in the process of writing a grant who may be facing specific challenges, and for those successful practitioners in the field who are seeking to refine their skills and gain new insights.

Past Trauma and Current Relationships Certificate Program Nov. 5–6 Integrating nonviolent communication and interpersonal neurobiology are two of several topics covered in this two-day program. Participants will explore how early life experiences, including trauma, affect how we relate to people, gain clarity about how the brain responds to challenging situations, experience new insights into making choices leading to authentic relationships and understand that all behaviors “make sense,” and that new choices are possible.

Foundations in Restorative Practices Certificate Program Dec. 5–6, Jan. 10, Feb. 13–14 and March 13 Through discussions, exercise and other practical activities, this six-week program will deepen knowledge of the philosophy supporting restorative practices. Participants from a variety of fields, including education, corrections, social work, community development, health care and government, will gain techniques to build strong, connected cultures and learn problem-solving tools to reach solutions that build safer, healthier environments.

Check our website for future programs including:

The Power of Group Work      

Program goals and outcomes of this program include, to gain insights into the therapeutic factors that make groups work, such as universality, catharsis, altruism and hope; understand the personal issues and biases that may interfere in your role as a group leader; predict, normalize and handle any challenges in running groups and experience the effectiveness of groups as a group leader, group member and group observer.

School-based Restorative Practices Certificate Program  The first half of the course will provide a foundational introduction to restorative practices including its principles, practices, tools and applications. The second half will introduce learners to the process of implementing these practices and tools in the school setting. Because it is difficult to implement restorative practices as a solo teacher, counselor or principal, this program requires a team approach. Schools must register in teams of three to five people and include at least one representative from administration.

For more information, contact Diana McSorley, 338. 8093;