Business Communication Skills for Women: UNapologize

Last week, Bespoken co-hosted a Twitter chat with New York Women in Communications, Inc. (follow them @NYWICI) to give women tips and tools to UNapologize, and other communication and presentation skills. You tuned in with questions and comments about the challenges of effective communication in a male-driven workplace and we hope the chat gave you more ownership over how you communicate. If you missed it, check out the recap here, and here are some takeaways:

UNapologize: Twitter Chat with NY Women in Communications

On Tuesday 9/20 at 12 pm EST Bespoken is co-hosting a Twitter chat with New York Women in Communications Inc.(@NYWICI). Follow @BespokenNY and tune in for tips on how to #UNapologize yourself and speak with conviction and confidence! Click here for more info and remember to use the hashtag #nywiciChat! #nywicichat guidelines:

  1. Follow @nywici from the Twitter account you plan to use for #nywicichat.
  2. Log in to Twitter a few minutes prior to the chat. Enter #nywicichat in the search box. TweetChat and TweetDeck are great twitter chat tools to use when following the chat.
  3. Make sure you use the #nywicichat hashtag in any of the tweets you are posting to the chat. The moderator will post questions in the form of Q1, Q2, etc. When responding to questions, include the answer number A1, A2, etc. This will help keep the chat focused.
  4. You may submit question for the chat by direct messaging your question to @nywici. We will do our best to get your question answered.
  5. Some chat etiquette: Introduce yourself, stay on topic, retweet (RT) what others say (if applicable) and thank the hosts at the end of the chat. Invite a friend to participate in the next chat.
  6. Communications, Public Relations and Marketing professionals participate in these chats – we encourage you to use this opportunity to network, ask questions and learn more about NYWICI.
  7. Transcripts of the chat will post shortly after the conclusion of the chat.
  8. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to post comments and feedback using the #nywicichat hashtag throughout the week. We will respond to your comments. Remember to use #nywicichat for all chat related posts.

BEspoken with us at the NY Media Center

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We're always inspired by entrepreneurs at the Made in New York Media Center by IFP—a co-working space, incubator & exhibition venue—and the ideas they create at the intersection of storytelling, media, and technology. We've guest taught for their Creative >> Founder Lab twice, and this October we'll be teaching two classes that are open to the public. Whether or not you're an entrepreneur, we'll help you talk about yourself and your work with precision and power.

Click here to register!

When you think of the tools that make a successful public speaker or presentation, what comes to mind? Perhaps hand gestures, body language, eye contact, and confidence come to mind. But what about breath? Or vocalization? Or stance? This class will guide you to become a better, more confident speaker. We will learn how to: manage our known and unknown nerves and tensions; craft and deliver a compelling presentation; improve known and unknown posture and body language; use breathing and relaxation techniques, and master the power of stance.

If you want to learn more about the class format, if you have questions about basic skills you might need to use, if you want to learn more about the specifics of the course, please contact Derrick Foust at

What You Will Learn

  • Learn techniques to manage public-speaking fears.

  • Practice how to optimize your unique expertise and enthusiasm for your idea when introducing your company.

  • Craft your message, identify your audience and hone your story.

  • Leave with improved awareness of your unique communication style and ability to engage an audience of one or many.