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Week of January 19, 2004
Christopher Leadership Courses begin
Special to the WCR
"The Christopher Leadership Course is more than just a course about effective speaking," recent graduate Troy Davies, a school principal in Edmonton explains. "It's also about developing personal and public leadership."
"In the area of personal leadership," Davies offers, "the instructors' leadership talks gave me a lot to think about and apply to areas of my life. For example, the idea of affirming others in ways that they need to be affirmed has had a positive impact on my relationship with my wife.
"I also liked that we needed to take responsibility for our own learning in class and throughout the week.
"I've learned a variety of presentation skills, and now have a strategy to follow should I need to present a gift, introduce a speaker, or speak off-the-cuff. I also have a number of memory techniques to help access information and I feel a greater sense of poise when I'm speaking."
Coursemate Pat Vallis, an office administrator, also says she's gained more than effective speaking skills.
"The leadership talks opened my eyes to be more aware of others and their life journeys. I enjoyed the participatory nature of the course. At first I was very nervous but I discovered that good preparation prior to class made the experience easier, and even fun!"
Engineer Lawrence Gore, another participant, says he met his goals in the course. "I don't feel so shy anymore and was actually able to speak in front of others at work already."
All three were appreciative of the constructive feedback they received each week that told them of their strengths, how to improve a technique, and celebrate new skills.
Like his coursemates, Davies sees how what he's learned can be used in his work where he is often called upon to speak to groups. He recommends the course to "anybody who's looking to enhance their ability to communicate with others."
He believes that the Christopher Leadership Course has a larger, public leadership focus, though. He's planning to take seriously his leadership project as it will allow him to continue to be of service.
As he says, "We constantly have people coming to our well - unless we replenish ourselves in some way, we will run out of 'water' to give to others." The Christopher Leadership Course has replenished him in a way that will allow him to share his enthusiasm and confidence.
The 10-week course is offered twice yearly in the Edmonton area - the next session begins the week of Jan. 19 in various locations. Anyone over 18 can register. Check the website at www.edmontonchristophers.com or call 468-6498. Classes are limited to 25 participants. Make the call; it could change your life.