Date Time Speaker Room
Friday, February 03, 201210:25 AM - 11:15 AM
Catherine Bell, President


There are many occasions when we have an opportunity to speak on the spot:  brainstorming sessions, project update meetings, product releases, business networking. In these situations, most people are reticent to voice their opinions or ask questions, thus losing out!  This session examines the value of speaking up when the floor is open, the four common barriers people face and strategies to overcome them so that you will always be an unflustered and confident professional.


  • Recognize the value of impromptu speaking to your career success
  • Understand the four major barriers to speaking up and learn practical strategies for overcoming them
  • Deal more effectively with speaking anxiety
  • Examine body language patterns that undermine and those that support your message
  • Identify five voice characteristics of confident speakers


Catherine Bell, AICI CIP, is an author, internationally recognized image expert and dynamic trainer.  She is one of only 14 Canadian certified image professionals and has been inducted into the Association of Image Consultants International Hall of Fame.  Catherine is frequently quoted in The Globe and Mail and Sun Media, and has been a guest on CBC Newsworld, Canada AM and CBC Radio.

A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University, Catherine had a lengthy career as a fashion designer, merchandise manager and professor before launching PRIME Impressions in 1994.  She works with individuals and businesses on workplace protocol, presentation skills, business and social etiquette, networking, multi-generational communications and appearance issues that impact success. Catherine’s strengths are that she can assess her clients’ needs, create customized programs and reach people at all levels with her professional integrity, engaging style and sense of humour. Catherine is the author of Managing Your Image Potential: Creating Good Impressions in Business, a contributing author to the New York Times best-seller Masters of Networking, and is currently writing a chapter for an international publication on image and disabilities.  A polio survivor, Catherine volunteers on the Board of March of Dimes Canada.