Public Speaking through Lightning Talks (4-session Workshop)


Session #1: Tuesday, August 15 @ 6PM – 9PM

Session #2: Thursday, August 17 @ 6PM – 9PM

Session #3: Tuesday, August 22 @ 6PM – 9PM

Session #4: Thursday, August 24 @ 6PM – 9PM

Public speaking can be everything from exhilarating to frightening to any given person – but no matter where people fall in that emotional spectrum, it is almost always a gratifying and rewarding experience.

The big key to being a great speaker is in learning how to effectively communicate your message. It takes practice and patience, and there are different approaches to take depending on the type of message you need to convey.

In this workshop,

  • We’ll learn the basics to giving a strong presentation
  • We’ll practice our speaking skills and receive valuable feedback in a friendly and judgement-free environment
  • We’ll hone our communication and teaching skills
  • We’ll learn tips, tricks, and what to avoid when speaking in public

By the end of this workshop, you should feel increased confidence in your speaking abilities and will have learned the key components that make up an awesome presentation.

Each day of the workshop will include lecture time and a speaking exercise related to the topic of that class. For Classes 2-4, speech homework will be assigned building upon the skills of the day.

  • Class 1: Intro to Public Speaking
  • Class 2: Intro to Teaching
  • Class 3: Intro to Lightning Presentations
  • Class 4: Leveling Up Your Speaker Skills

Dinner and refreshments will be provided each evening courtesy of GDI Infotech!


With her education degree from Michigan State, Emily Drier began her career as an English teacher. After a few years in the education field, she stumbled upon the world of SEO and began her new career in tech. She is now the Project Manager for Boxcar Studio. Emily is so excited to have her teaching background and technology experience come full circle with GDI Ann Arbor! In her spare time, Emily enjoys running with her dog Obie, expanding her coding skills, and playing board games.

WHAT TO BRING: Please bring your laptop and charger to all class sessions. Power strips & Wi-Fi will be provided.

QUESTIONS? We’re here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at [masked]

SCHOLARSHIPS: We are offering scholarships on a limited basis for students with financial need. Please complete our scholarship application if you are interested. Applications must be received at least 2 weeks in advance of the class dates. Scholarship recipients will be notified via email at least 1 week before the first class.


GDI Infotech is an award-winning IT and engineering talent acquisition and project management firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since its inception over two decades ago, GDI has remained dedicated to the people it serves. GDI connects professionals to career opportunities and businesses to potential talent so that short-term objectives are met and long-term performance is cultivated. Our strong local and national relationships with clients prove our consistent ability to deliver results as we adapt to the demands of the ever-changing IT and engineering industry.

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All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: If fewer than 12 students register for this workshop, GDI Ann Arbor may postpone or cancel it.  In that event a refund or class credit will be available to any students who have paid to attend.

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