Presentation Skills I
a Seminar with Professor Neil R. Gumenick

assisted by Brian Bender, Lisa Gumenick and Amy Gumenick

Saturday and Sunday November 22-23 2008

The communication skills of the accomplished actor
are much the same as those of the teacher or practitioner of acupuncture.
In each case, one must be fully present, emotionally open, receptive, and genuinely responsive to either
another actor onstage, a patient on the table, or a class assembled to receive one's teaching.

Learn to connect to an audience in a way that will keep them on the edge of their seats
and to patients in a way that will truly gain their trust.
Through theater exercises and feedback in a real teaching situation, your confidence and love of teaching and practice
will soar as you joyfully break through your barriers of stage fright, shyness, and self doubt.

Come professionally dressed and fully prepared (with appropriate audio/visual aids) to deliver a five-minute talk on
an Oriental Medicine topic of your choice, targeted either to a lay audience of prospective patients
or a beginning acupuncture class hearing the information for the first time.

Whether you are a teacher or not, in this seminar, you will gain communication skills that will profoundly enhance your presentations to students, prospective patients, as well as enrich your rapport skills with those in your practice.

Location: The Pretenders Studio 2912 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404

Hours: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuition (Checks, Visa, Mastercard, AMX accepted):

  Practitioner Students
Prepaid 14 days prior to the event: $325 $275
Less than 14 days prior to the event: $350 $300

Refund policy: An 80% refund will be given if cancellation is 14 days prior to seminar date.
No refund will be given if less than 14 days prior to seminar date.

16 California CEUs and NCCAOM PDAs Approved

The Staff

Professor Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. is Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. He holds three degrees and an advanced teaching credential from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK), awarded by Professor J.R. Worsley. The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) recently honored him as a Pioneer and Leader in Oriental Medicine. Neil has been in private practice since 1981 and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia, a teacher at numerous acupuncture and Oriental Medical schools, a columnist for Acupuncture Today, and the founder of the Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program™ and the acclaimed Beginning the Journey™ seminar.

Neil trained in acting at the University of Miami under the renowned Robert Lowery. In New York, he trained personally with Gene Frankel, one of the earliest members of the famed Actor's Studio. In addition to practicing and teaching acupuncture, Neil's great love has been coaching actors privately and for The Pretenders Studio: Center for the Performing Arts.

Brian Bender, M.S.T.O.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. earned his B.S. in Education/Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1975 and a Masters degree from the McLaren College of Business Administration, University of San Francisco in 1984. After earning his M.S.T.O.M. degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1996, he completed his certification in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture at The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. Brian has over 20 years experience as a practitioner and teacher of the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido. He is currently an instructor and clinic supervisor at Pacific College and maintains a private practice in Del Mar, CA.

Lisa Gumenick, B.A. is the founding director of The Pretenders Studio: Center For The Performing Arts in Santa Monica, CA. A dancer and actress from the age of 8, Lisa is an honors graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. She has studied dance and the performing arts at UCSB, Brandeis University, University College (Netherlands), and participated in an extensive theatre arts program in Israel. Lisa has taught at Marquez Elementary School, in the STAR Enrichment Program, and has choreographed shows for Marquez, Paul Revere Middle School, Theatre Palisades Kids, and the UCSB Drama/Dance Department. Lisa is the founder of both The Pretenders Theatre Company (2004) and The Junior Pretenders (2006). These programs, combining acting, song, and dance, provide a unique "stepping-stone" between educational theatre and the professional world for actors ages 9-25.

Amy Gumenick, B.F.A. is a 2008 honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.F.A. in Acting. For the past three years, Amy has been intensely studying various acting techniques, movement, mime work, voice, stage combat, and dance with world-renowned artists. She has been acting and dancing since the age of five and has been a teacher, mentor and director for the past six years. Currently, Amy can be seen in the CBS television series "Greek", as well as in a guest-starring role on the television series "Supernatural" on the CW network. She has a great passion for theatre and dreams to utilize her gift as a means for healing and spreading passion, love, and creativity to both children and adults everywhere.

2926 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica CA 90404-9900
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