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NMJC SkillsUSA Hosting Leadership Conference

11/6/2015 10:35:14 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

(Story by Kelly Farrell - Hobbs News Sun)

The New Mexico Junior College SkillsUSA chapter is hosting its first Professional Leadership Skills Conference this weekend for any individuals wanting to learn about professionalism, polish their public speaking and other skills.

The two-day event is at the NMJC Training and Outreach Facility from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday.

Jill Henning, a SkillsUSA advisor, said they wanted to host training on professionalism, leadership skills and public speaking for their local chapter, but decided to open it up to all students and others in the county.

“We realized it would not just be beneficial for students, but also adults and employees and different companies would benefit from this,” Henning said.

According to Henning, the number one thing an individual can learn from this weekend’s conference is “employability skills” like carrying on conversations and handling frustrated customers.

“There are so many students who graduate from high school or even college that are lacking the soft skills they need in the workforce,” Henning said.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Eugenia Miller, is a John Maxwell Team founding partner, which means she a certified JMT coach and speaker. Maxwell is a world-renowned motivational speaker and author of several books, including “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

Miller said the conference includes team-building activities and sessions in a classroom environment.

“The conference is open to all ages, but we have developed the material specifically to train up those younger people that just may not be familiar with professionalism or leadership skills,” she said.

Miller said the conference’s second day is focused on speaking skills for participants, especially hindrances and overcoming fears of public speaking.

“We’re going to talk about why public speaking is important and how it’s been proven to be a learnable skill that you can develop,” Miller said. “People are not born natural public speakers.”

Anyone that is interested in the leadership conference can call 390-2534 for more information.

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