AOS workshops and seminars are designed with interactivity in mind, and therefore can cover much more ground than your typical “listen and take notes” session. Participatory events include the underlying elements of speech and the factors that can affect it, such as hearing loss, which affects the ability to hear messages correctly; chewing and swallowing; respiratory conditions; ambient temperature and humidity; and issues like posture control and proper breathing that can change over time as we age or encounter physical conditions.


About the speaker

Cathy Runnels (left), Ann Utterback (right)

Ms. Runnels has been engaged with speech-language therapy and media presentation skills full-time since 2003, and has worked with people of all ages at all levels, including corporate executives. She began as an Associate of Ann S. Utterback, Broadcast Specialist and is grateful for her collaboration and access to the Broadcast Industry. Another mentor has been Chester M. Slaughter retired Senior Vice President of Marriott Corporation International for his business coaching and guidance.

Ms. Runnels is a frequent presenter at conventions such as Journalist Conventions (RTNDA-Radio, TV News Director Association, NABJ-Nat’l Association of Black Journalists); has held government contracts through Voice of America and the Department of Defense; and has conducted voice training at C-SPAN, Pacifica, Christian Broadcast Network, and other high-profile networks.

As AOS CEO, Cathy Runnels, M.S. brings multiple years of experience gained in corporations, non-profits, and medical and educational settings.

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