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Learn Public Speaking from a Stand-Up Comedian

Submitted by on September 18, 2019 – 8:27 pm
Dave Rattigan smiles with a mic stand in his hand

Dave Rattigan professional stand-up comedian

Want to learn how to be a better presenter?

Dave Rattigan, professional stand-up comedian and adjunct faculty member at Northern Essex Community College, will give a presentation titled “Facing Your Fear: Public Speaking” on October 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Somebody Cares New England, 358 Washington Street in Haverhill. This presentation is presented by the Mount Washington Alliance and is free and open to the public.

Rattigan, a former Boston Globe and People Magazine correspondent, used to be a fearful public speaker.  Motivated by a life-long desire to do stand-up comedy, he conquered that fear and has gone on to perform for crowds as large as 2,300 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent and as small as three people at a Lexington restaurant. For nearly two decades, he’s specialized in making better speakers out of those who are nervous, not nervous enough, fearful or cluelessly courageous. This interactive presentation focuses on facing your fear, seeing yourself as others see you, and simple steps to give a better presentation at work or socially.

As an adjunct faculty member at Northern Essex and UMass Lowell, Rattigan teaches public speaking, interpersonal communications, and professional communications.

This presentation is offered through the Northern Essex Community College Speakers Bureau. For additional information on the NECC Speakers Bureau, please visit the Speakers Bureau website or contact or at 978-556-3862. For information on this presentation, contact Taisha Madero, or 978-912-0897.

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, more than 5,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,600 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the NECC website or call 978-556-3700.