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MILLERSBURG -- Historic Downtown Millersburg played host to Heritage Ohio and several representatives from Main Street communities throughout the state on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
The event, which included a presentation on the importance of public speaking, social media technology and a presentation by local artist Rusty Baker, talking about the impact of murals and public art, was held at St. Peter's Catholic Community Center on South Crawford Street.
"We do quarterly training throughout the state each year," said Jo Hamilton, director of revitalization for Heritage Ohio. "This is our first quarterly training for this year. The sessions are open to the public; anyone can register to come to these.
The lion's share of attendees tend to be Main Street managers, board members and staff. This is all continuing education for them to learn more about downtown revitalization."
The registration fee for non-Heritage Ohio members is $75 for the training day. All of the Main Street programs and affiliates get free admission to these programs and entrance to the training sessions.
Hamilton explained that during the training sessions, a two-hour break for lunch is included to encourage visitors to stop and shop in the local community.
"These are all folks who know the importance of supporting small business, supporting local, so they will spend money in your downtown," Hamilton said.
Judy Lamp, executive director of Historic Downtown Millersburg (HDM), welcomed everybody to Millersburg. She introduced a few board members of HDM, along with Millersburg Council Member Bob Shoemaker and Village Administrator Nate Troyer, who also serves on the board of directors of HDM.
"I hope everybody enjoys coming to Millersburg. We're glad to have you," Lamp said.
Joy Roller was the initial presenter, talking about the importance of public speaking. The CEO of Archer Consulting in Cleveland Heights, Roller was a former television producer, whose career took her to New York and several other major metropolises throughout the country, before returning to her Ohio roots in 2004.
Roller thanked Heritage Ohio for the opportunity to speak about becoming a better public speaker.
"Public speaking is the No. 1 fear. It even beats death, which is amazing to me," Roller said. She recalled giving a presentation to a large crowd in Cleveland, where she was overcome with anxiety and great fear before going on stage to make a presentation.
"I was an open-heart surgery survivor, and I would've elected to have surgery again than go out and do my speech," she said.
In the end, she made her presentation, but admittedly was scared to death while doing it. She said the term for fear of pubic speaking is glossophobia.
She spoke of the Rhetorical Triangle, which talks about connecting the writer to the audience and the content of the speech.
After her presentation, Roller had the workshop divide into groups, which each gave a presentation of their own. The speakers were instructed to make a five-minute presentation that was critiqued by Roller and the other members of the workshop.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.