Presented by Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care Academy, this segment of our Animal Behavior and Animal Care series of clinics and classes will build on the previous courses by introducing students to one of the most important elements of a career in professional animal care: public speaking. While many aspiring animal care professionals pursue a career in animal care to avoid working with people, the heavy emphasis modern zoos place on public education means knowing how to speak eloquently and effectively will be one of the most valuable skills you can have.
In this class, students will learn how to present themselves confidently and engagingly. Audiences are more likely to listen to the message you’re conveying if you speak effectively, and this course will teach you how. Learn about the importance of body language, how to project your voice, how to avoid using crutch words, and the do’s and don’ts of stage speaking. The course will also address speaking-while-multitasking, a vital skill to have if you’re ever hoping to give animal presentations.
This course is taught by ranch owner Lessa Ritzma, whose previous career credits include zookeeper, informal science educator, and exotic animal trainer performing in animal shows, along with over twenty years of horse experience. Guest lecturers may teach portions of the course.
This is a hands-off, live demonstration and lecture class. An animal may participate for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Public Speaking Basics credit for Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Behavior and Animal Care certificates. The Animal Behavior certificate core courses are meant to be taken in order, and this is the seventh class of the Animal Behavior series.
$50 per participant for 2-hour class. Limit 15 participants. Weather permitting.
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