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Meridian Technology Center and Stillwater Chamber Partner for Lunchtime Learning Series: “Put Your Best Voice Forward”

Aug 09, 2019

STILLWATER, Okla. (August 9, 2019) - The minute you open your mouth, others begin to form opinions about you. Your voice’s clarity and quality, as well as how you manage your body, connect to your confidence and your perceived leadership potential.

So, what can you do to make yourself sound and look more professional, prepared and competent?

On August 23, as part of the new Lunchtime Learning series co-sponsored by the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and Meridian Technology Center, Rena Cook will present, “Put Your Best Voice Forward.”

During this session, Cook will help you understand how the voice works and lays out techniques for daily practice that can have immediate and lasting change. You will learn how to free your body of tension, stand tall and balanced, enunciate effectively, and control performance anxiety and your voice’s power with deep breathing. Attend to learn strategies and techniques to share your message confidently, because you deserve to be heard!

Cook is the founder of Vocal Authority, a training and development business serving corporate clients, including managers, politicians, attorneys, teachers, clergy and CEOs who want to use their voice in more commanding and authentic ways. She is an author, speaker, coach, voice-over artist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma School of Drama. Cook holds a Master of Arts in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from OU and a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Tulsa. She taught high school drama for 16 years before she graduated to higher education. For the next two decades, Cook taught professional actors, many of whom can be seen on Broadway, film and television. Through Vocal Authority, Cook adapts actor training techniques to help individuals and groups be more confident and dynamic communicators.

Lunchtime Learning sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Meridian’s campus. Registration is $15 per session and includes lunch. For more information or to register for the upcoming Lunchtime Learning series visit or contact Marcy Luter at, (405) 377-3333 ext. 297 or toll-free at (888) 607-2509.

Meridian Technology Center has been a driver of economic development since 1975. With a mission to educate, enrich lives and secure economic futures, Meridian offers full-time career training programs, short courses, Business and Industry services and entrepreneurial support to residents from the Agra, Carney, Glencoe, Guthrie, Morrison, Mulhall-Orlando, Pawnee, Perkins-Tryon, Perry and Stillwater school districts. Meridian is one of 29 schools within Oklahoma’s CareerTech system.

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