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Hagerstown Community College briefs

October 03, 2007

Seminar focuses on the Art of Schmooze

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education is offering a seminar in November that focuses on sharpening communication skills and becoming a comfortable conversationalist and better public speaker.

The seminar will be Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the HCC Valley Mall Center.

The program is taught by author, professional speaker and communications trainer Beth Mende Conny. Her books, "The Confident Schmoozer" and "What to Say When Talking to Yourself" are designed to give professionals the confidence-building and interpersonal skills vital to strengthening customer relationships, fostering team spirit, and fast-tracking career goals. Students will receive both books if they participate in the morning session of the seminar.

The morning session, titled "The Art of Schmooze," is designed to help students identify their strengths, learn to build conversational bridges, and discover how to put others at ease. Students will also learn how to influence others in both their personal and professional lives.


The afternoon session, titled "Become a Confident Public Speaker," will teach students simple techniques for speaking with confidence, how to prepare for presentations, and how to deliver remarks in informative, engaging and inspirational ways.

Cost for the day-long seminar is $75. Sessions may be taken separately. Class size is limited to 30. To register, call HCC's Center for Continuing Education at 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or visit:

Reiki practice session planned

A Reiki practice session will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hagerstown Community College Valley Mall Center for anyone who has been attuned at a Reiki Level I or higher with any lineage of Reiki.

The session is offered through HCC's Center for Continuing Education as part of its Mind, Body and Spirit program.

Participants will review what Reiki is and its benefits, practice feeling/sensing energy with their hands, learn seated chair treatment protocol, and participate in a Reiki exchange with at least two other students in the class.

Cost is $15. To learn more or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

Music appreciation with MSO offered

Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education offers a new program for those who enjoy the Maryland Symphony Orchestra concerts, titled "Music Appreciation with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra."

Led by MSO board member Brendan Fitzsimmons, these classes will explore the historical background of each performance in the MSO's 2007-2008 Masterworks series. The classes begin with Semtana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride" on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of Duffy's, 43 S. Potomac St. in Hagers-town.

Fee for each session is $35, or students can register for all five sessions for $130. Fee includes lecture, beverage and appetizers. To learn more, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

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