The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Talent Development held their second annual Smoky Mountain Throw Down competition at an expanded meeting on December 18 and awarded Knoxville resident, professional presenter and trainer, Felicia Slattery, as champion.
All members and guests, except those competing, scored each of the four competitors’ presentations on the topic of “engagement” in four categories: originality, entertainment, learning value, and engagement. Slattery won by a narrow margin of victory, just two points, over the second place trainer. For winning Slattery received a $100 VISA card and, according to Joseph Bunch, VP of Marketing, “bragging rights.”
Slattery’s winning presentation was a light-hearted parody of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” which she wrote specifically for the occasion. The original composition emphasized appealing to an audience’s five senses when presenting to any group. “My concept was to teach engagement by being engaging with those in the audience. I like to teach by example and do so in a creative and fun way.” Her goal was accomplished by wearing a Santa hat, playing a video of a crackling fire in lieu of a slideshow, using sound effects, and distributing candy canes at an appropriate moment during the poem. Slattery, who is the author of two best-selling books, “Kill the Elevator Speech: Stop Selling, Start Connecting,” and “21 Ways to Make Money Speaking,” trains and presents to clients and organizations globally about speaking and effective communication, and is a recent transplant to Knoxville from the Chicago area.
The Smoky Mountain Chapter of the Association for Talent Development is part of the world’s largest association dedicated to the training and development profession. Members come from come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 120 U.S. chapters and with more than 16 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Smoky Mountain Chapter President, Cindy Light of Centrus Energy, simply said, “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Felicia in action!”
More information about Felicia Slattery, including the body of her original winning poem, can be found on her website and blog at www.FeliciaSlattery.com. She can be reached at 865-313-2627.
About Felicia Slattery Communication
Felicia J. Slattery, M.A., M.Ad.Ed., is on a mission to motivate, inspire and train subject matter experts, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives and celebrities to create meaningful connections through effective communication and public speaking. The #1 Amazon best-selling author of “Kill the Elevator Speech,” and “21 Ways to Make Money Speaking” is also the creator of the Signature Speech™ system and co-creator of Signature Speech™ & Webinar Wizard as well as an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning speaker. Felicia presents to audiences large and small on topics related to communication, speaking, and being a successful entrepreneur in spite of everything life can throw at you. As a cancer survivor, Felicia’s enthusiastic passion for communication is contagious because she knows that one important message delivered with power can transform a life.
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