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Presentation skills training available through Optivation

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sept. 14, 2011) — Everyone wishes they could give public presentations like Apple’s Steve Jobs. Beginning Sept. 26, Optivation at Bemidji State University will start students down that path with a one-week online course in presentation skills.

The course, taught by Optivation graduate student Sudhir Kamath, will teach elements of successful presentations, explore some of the common pitfalls presenters are faced with and offer strategies for overcoming those pitfalls.

Kamath has worked as a software consultant and business analyst. He has a bachelor’s degree in software systems engineering and is pursuing a master’s degree in career and technical education at Bemidji State.

The course begins Monday, Sept. 26, and runs through Monday, Oct. 5, and carries a fee of $75. The expected time commitment is approximately five hours. Those interested in taking the course are asked to register before a Sept. 21 deadline.

For more information about Optivation, visit or call (218) 755-4900. A complete list of upcoming courses at Optivation is available on its website at

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About Optivation
Optivation is designed to increase collaboration between Bemidji’s higher education providers and the business and technology sectors of the northwest Minnesota region. Staffed by veteran business and entrepreneurial professionals, Optivation delivers targeted training and education systems to help organizations succeed in a changing world. Through its affiliations with Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, Optivation is able to tap into an unparalleled network of people and technology across the state of Minnesota. Optivation is part of Bemidji State University’s Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and is operated jointly by BSU and NTC.

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