Graceworks Presents: The Human Connection

October 18, 2017
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

New Haven Lawn Club
193 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511


Graceworks is back! Join SMPS Connecticut and Graceworks for a fun, interactive workshop focusing on strengthening your presentation and communication skills. Through teaching, discussion, theater exercises and coaching, you’ll learn to engage and energize your listeners. This workshop will help you identify and drop nervous habits, your sole task as a presenter, the power of body language, how to use visuals wisely, and breathe life into your presentations!

You’ll learn much more than just public speaking skills. These principles apply to all types of interpersonal communication – from one-on-one and team meetings to networking/social events and phone calls. Due to a hands-on approach, this teaching goes well beyond intellectual understanding. You’ll actually experience the presentation/communication principles being taught!

During this interactive workshop you will learn to:

  • Connect with your audience;
  • Identify and drop nervous habits;
  • Make technical material come to life;
  • Use graphics and props wisely; and,
  • Prepare and practice your material.

Event Details:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
11:30am – 12:00pm       Registration & Networking 

12:00pm – 12:30pm       Lunch
12:30pm – 2:30pm         Program

New Haven Lawn Club
Main Dining Room
193 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Free on-site parking is available.

Thank you to our Door Prize Sponsor:

Lunch Selections:
Herb-Roasted Breast of Chicken
Parmesan and Herb Roasted Sweet Potato Mash, Grilled Balsamic Glazed Asparagus, Roasted Garlic Braised Escarole, Crispy Fried Cannellini Beans, Smoked Chicory and Sage Demi

Seared Salmon
Truffled Cauliflower Gold Potato Mousseline, Herb Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus, Crispy Shallots, Wild Mushroom Dashi, Verjus Reduction

Tender-Braised Short Rib of Beef
Molasses Ginger Reduction, Whipped Gorgonzola Gold Potato, Preserved Acorn Squash, Mustard Greens and Bacon Saute, Smoky Sauce Au Poivre

Please register by Wednesday, October 11, 2017.*

SMPS CT Members: $65 
Non-Members: $85
Past SMPS CT President (Member): $35
Past SMPS CT President (Non-Member): $65

Please note:

We are unable to accommodate walk-ins for this program. Late registrations will only be accepted if space permits (dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated after October 11, 2017, and meal choice will be limited) and will be charged an additional $10.

Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.

No shows are responsible for payment in full.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 
This program is eligible for 2.0 SMPS CEU credits in Domains 3 and 4.

About the Speaker: 

Kurt Robbins, Freedom Finder, draws on his extensive communications background to help our clients connect with clarity, purpose and passion. He has trained thousands of corporate professionals to make The Human Connection®, and you’ll love working with Kurt. He’s smart, creative, fun, and has a deep desire to help others be their best.

In addition to working with Fortune 500 companies, he has also worked with the NYU Graduate program and the BMI Workshop where he assists Broadway composers and writers with new works for the stage. As a professional actor, Kurt has appeared in films (“A Beautiful Mind,” “The Portrait”) and on stage (“Les Miserables,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Jersey Boys”). He has performed around the world with The Unexpected Boys, and a Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons tribute band, to name a few.