Republican Journal, Penobscot Bay Pilot advance Hutchinson Center public speaking program

The Republican Journal and the Penobscot Bay Pilot reported the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast will offer “Public Speaking for Business and More,” a professional development program, from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. May 3. The program is designed for nonprofit leaders, business leaders, educators, municipal officials, members of the clergy and others interested in becoming better speakers. Participants will learn how to relieve stress associated with public speaking; become skilled in speaking with or without notes; think quickly, speak logically and engage an audience; and use the power of personalized storytelling to increase information retention, the articles state. Program cost is $195 per person, and includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch; need-based scholarships are available and registration is online. For more information or to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Diana McSorley, 338.8093;