The Individual Development Program, begun in the late 1960’s, gave women the opportunity to develop public speaking, presentation and leadership skills that would benefit their career. The program has evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of women, but the core of the program remains a communications and public speaking focus.
The first part of the ID program contains 14 modules led by a facilitator, and takes approximately 15 to 16 hours. Sessions run from two to eight hours a day, with a typical class ranging from two eight-hour days to eight weeks. Topics of the class modules include understanding behavioral styles and managing for improved performance, interpersonal and transferable skills, public speaking and speech/pitch writing, interview skills, negotiation tactics, leadership skills, the parliamentary process, business etiquette, goal setting, building media relationships and grassroots advocacy.
When the modules are completed, YBPW selects an ID candidate to represent the chapter in the Regional Individual Development Competition. The regional winner will then compete at the BPW/Ohio Individual Development Speak-off at the BPW/Ohio Leadership Training in April. The winner of the Speak-off will be given the opportunity to represent BPW/Ohio at its State Conference in May.
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