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Virtual Coffee Chat: Maximizing Impact While Presenting Digitally

Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EDT)
Wherever You Are
Complimentary; GAA members, download and log in to the free UNC Alumni app prior to this event. At the end of the event, members who check in on the UNC Alumni app will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

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Since digital presenting is our current reality, there are ways to embrace it and increase our effectiveness at delivering presentations online. Take a virtual coffee break to discover how some elements of presenting are actually easier online.

Click in with communications consultant Sharon Welsh ’84 (MA) and GAA Career Coach Catherine Tuttle to discuss reducing anxiety while presenting online, organizing messages to enhance participants’ attention, delivering for the flat screen, handling a Q&A and more. Brew your favorite cup, and bring your questions to this informal discussion. We’ll send a link to those who sign up prior to the chat.

Not sure what a Virtual Coffee Chat is? Check out our FAQ below.

Coffee Chat FAQ

What is a Virtual Coffee Chat?

A Virtual Coffee Chat is an informal panel discussion with our career coach and a panel of your fellow Tar Heels. You’ll be able to submit questions prior to and during the event for our panelists.

What will be the takeaway from the Coffee Chat?

You will walk away from this Coffee Chat with some thoughts around next steps learned from the experience of fellow Tar Heels and our career coach.

What if I can’t stay the whole time?

Don’t worry, there is no requirement to stay for the entire time.

Catherine Tuttle, Career Coach

Catherine is a career consultant with the General Alumni Association. Over the past 10 years, Catherine has worked one-on-one with MBAs, recent graduates, mid-level career professionals and executives. She has extensive experience working with resumes, cover letters and coaching, and is the owner of Forward Thinking Resumes. We are excited to have Catherine working with us to provide career support to our alumni.

Sharon Welsh '84 (MA)

Sharon Welsh has over 25 years of experience as a communication expert for diplomatic, political, military, intelligence, business, and academic audiences. She has taught at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for over 25 years. At FSI, Ms. Welsh has taught 15 courses to U.S. diplomats from the Ambassadorial- to entry-level envoys, including to political, economic, and public diplomacy Foreign Service Officers. Ms. Welsh has taught Briefing Skills for Political and Economic Tradecraft, Economic Commercial Studies, and IRM Tradecraft. She has taught Interviewing and Briefing Skills and Advanced Briefing Skills to hundreds of Foreign Service Nationals working for U.S. diplomatic missions, including on-site at U.S. Embassies in Paris, Kabul, and Tbilisi. She has recently taught diplomatic and development professionals in Trinidad and Tobago, Armenia, and Georgia. She has provided writing, briefing, and speechwriting training to major components of the U.S. Department of State, including the Bureaus of Overseas Buildings Operations, International Security and Non-Proliferation, and Information Resource Management.

She has served as an executive speech coach for numerous U.S. ambassadors, foreign ambassadors, a U.S. senator, White House appointees, and CEOs. She teaches Public Speaking for Attorneys, a course accredited by the Virginia State Bar. As an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University for over 25 years, Ms. Welsh has taught Communication in Organizations to graduate business students and recently for Georgetown University’s Wounded Warrior Project and the Pivot Program for returning citizens. She has taught MBAs and executive MBAs for several years at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She has a Master’s degree in Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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