October 12, 2023 | 8:30am-3:30pm
– UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri

This session is designed to equip leaders as they design, build, and deliver impactful in-person presentations to create connection with audiences of all sizes. A combination of demonstration, knowledge sharing, and facilitated practice brings the learning to life in a safe and supportive environment. As a result, participants will improve the flow of their presentations and communicate their ideas more effectively – all while projecting expertise, confidence, and professionalism.

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Presentation (Connection) Workshop Includes:


The Presentation (Connection) Workshop will include the following components:

  1. Knowledge: Participants will further develop their knowledge of presentation skills through interactive learning experiences.
  2. Application: This learning event is based on the principle of learn by doing: a performance-based approach that enables participants to utilize their knowledge in real-world scenarios.
  3. Evaluation: Throughout the experience, participants will give and receive real-time coaching by leveraging an evaluation rubric, ensuring the feedback is focused and constructive.

What You Will Learn

  • Master Your Stories to Develop a Power Opening
  • Utilize Presentation Techniques that Engage, Inspire and Connect
  • Clarify Your Message to Create Concise and Compelling Content
  • Display Confidence to Command the Room
  • Design Slides for Impact

Who Should Attend

This session is ideal for individuals with a responsibility for delivering effective presentations that result in a strong connection with an internal or external audience.

About the Instructor

Mary Messner is a professional speaker, an advocate for women and girls, and a mother to two young daughters. She dedicates her career to approaching challenges with creativity, refusing to accept the status quo, and leading with a determination to grow others. Mary’s speaking business, Mary Messner, partners with organizations of all sizes and industries. She is committed to creating a workplace culture where women are recognized and celebrated for their authentic and powerful abilities.

Her speaking engagements and workshops provide tangible strategies that demonstrate how to empower women in the workplace. Mary brings her corporate, non-profit, and small business experience to each interaction with the goal of creating meaningful connections with her clients and audience.

Erin Fajen serves as a leadership advisor and master facilitator specializing in Everything DiSC®. She has enjoyed a career dedicated to helping leaders discover what fills their bucket – and what drains it – so they can let go of the chaos and enjoy their work. Erin believes personal insight and reflection are the first steps in leading your team to greatness. That is why she founded On The Up, to help companies develop emotionally intelligent leaders who bring out the best in themselves and their people.

Erin draws from over 20 years of leadership development, management development, and change management experience. A Kansas City native – she is a well-rounded product of having studied, worked, or lived in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Erin’s life is powered by coffee and filled with the joys of motherhood. She enjoys conversations about living slowly in a fast world, simplifying, and seeing the ocean on her birthday.

Program Details

Location and Parking:
The sessions will be held at the UMKC Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Parking details will be sent after registration.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy:
Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive Education in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from one individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving Bloch School of Management permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.

Available Discount Programs

UMKC and Bloch Executive Education Alumni, Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS members, CX Central Exchange members, Saint Luke’s Health System employees, Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce members – you qualify for discounted seminar registration.

If any of the above categories apply to you, please contact us at umkcexeced@umkc.edu or 816-235-2892 to take advantage of discounted rates.