Winona State University, in conjunction with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, will host “Center Stage Leadership: Persuasion and Influence for Leaders” July 27-28.

Nationally recognized director, actor and executive coach David Mann will lead the workshop, which will focus on ways to communicate persuasively while remaining authentic and personable and gain skills to tell stories that depict expertise while demonstrating value and influencing outcomes.

Mann will teach Shakespeare’s rhetorical techniques as a practical basis for projecting integrity, humanity and clarity through all communication.

“Shakespeare engaged his audiences on every level, and he used language and performance to do it,” said Mann. “Successful professionals may not have to engage audiences in quite the same way, but they need to move their prospective clients to action – which requires a mastery of language and performance.”

Attendees will learn methods for persuasive communication via both written and live presentations, applicable for prospective clients, shareholders, board of directors, executive management and customers.

The cost of the attendance to the workshop, which includes meals and a performance ticket, is $599.

Discounts for multiple registrations from the same organization are available.

Mann has developed training seminars for Fortune 500 companies, with legal presentation and storytelling techniques having won cases nationwide. Mann has directed for Children’s Theater, Park Square Theater and Torch Theater and was a member of GRSF’s inaugural acting company.

This workshop is sponsored by Winona State University Adult and Continuing Education, Winona State University College of Business, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and David Mann.

The GRSF, in its 12th season in Winona, is a non-profit theatre company dedicated to the performance of plays by William Shakespeare, community outreach and theatre education.

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