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JEDCO and Jefferson Chamber host presentation workshop

(Fairfield, LA) – Communication is a key component to a successful business strategy. Business owners and entrepreneurs need to be able to effectively share their story, their idea, their product or their business services in a way that everyone can understand. Whether you’re pitching to an investor or chatting with a consumer, the way in which you present your ideas will have a big impact on your success.

That’s why the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce teamed up to bring you “Lessons on Presentation,” a Prosper Jefferson seminar focused on helping our local business owners improve their communication and presentation skills.

Erica Olson, a professional speaker, presentation coach and the founder of Speak Simple, and Glenn Michael, a master stylist, consultant and founder of Glenn Michael Salon, team up to bring you an educational seminar jam-packed with tips and techniques to ensure your presentation success.  In this seminar, you will learn:

  • How to put together a presentation or pitch
    • 6 elements of presentation preparation and execution
  • Tips on practicing for your upcoming presentation
  • Secrets for business pitches
  • Much more

Join us next Wednesday, February 25th, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 9:00-10:30. Admission is free, but registration is required to attend. The event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Register online at For more information contact Kelsey Scram at or Emilie Riser at


About Erica Olson: Erica is a professional speaker, interpreter, and presentation coach who helps her clients become comfortable when presenting in order to relate with their audience. Before founding Speak Simple, she crafted her skills working with Audubon Zoo’s Outreach Education programs including Zoomobile and Wetlands Express. Over her five years working with the zoo, she gave over a thousand presentations to audiences ranging from toddlers to retirees and everything in between. Erica is an expert when it comes to interpreting complex terminology and technical lingo. She learned the dos and don’ts of presentations not only by doing, but by coaching youth and adult volunteers as they shared their animal knowledge to zoo visitors and audience members. Erica’s company, Speak Simple, works with professionals to ensure they are understood by their prospects and clients and to win more work through presentations.

About Glenn Michael: Glenn, master stylist, educator, platform artist, consultant and founder of Glenn Michael Salon solidifies his industry credentials with 39 years of business and beauty experience. As an Entrepreneurial leader, Glenn Michael is well versed in all areas of the business ownership, including but not limited to: operations, business development, marketing, advertising, team building, education, communication, management, human resources and guest services. Glenn Michael utilizes his public speaking and communication skills to provide superior education, motivation, and inspiration designed to increase sales and improve productivity through his How to be a Powerful Communicator Presentations, Five Senses to Raising Sales Marketing Strategies, C.A.R.E. Customer Relations Programs, and the betterment of life through the Dynamics of Goal Setting. Glenn shares proven systems using research, listening, verbal and visual skills to help individuals achieve their goals in business and in life.

About JEDCO: The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) is an independent, yet complementary arm of Jefferson Parish government with the main objective of attracting, growing and creating new business in our area. JEDCO’s mission is to proactively influence the economy through the retention and creation of quality jobs, entrepreneurship and investment in Jefferson Parish. Located in the growing Churchill Technology and Business Park, JEDCO is home to a business incubator and it also runs a state-of-the-art Conference Center.  For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

About the Jefferson Chamber: The Jefferson Chamber is a leading voice for Jefferson Parish’s business community. As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, the Chamber is an effective advocate for small and large businesses at the local, state and federal levels. The Chamber’s mission is to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Chamber is Four-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the 2013 Chamber of the Year Award by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in the Large Chamber Category.

For more information about the Jefferson Chamber, visit, and follow on Facebook, Twitter @jeffersoncoc, and YouTube.