Tuesday, December 12, 2006

CAIR-MI's Speakers Bureau at University of Michigan - Dearborn

On Sunday, 12/10/06, a full day Speakers Bureau training took place in Dearborn, Michigan.

Cut and paste the following links to hear audio of the introduction and the section regarding interacting with written media:



The short story below was printed in The Muslim Observer on 12/14/06:

How Do We Explain Our Faith?”
Dearborn–December 10–CAIR Michigan, in concert with many active area Muslims, conducted a session to teach area Muslims to engage non-Muslims in the arena of public speaking.

The event was well planned and executed, with plenty of food and good speeches on the elements of public speaking.

Among the speakers were Eide Alawan, a prominent interfaith speaker from the Islamic Center of America, Imam Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of CAIR Michigan, Haaris Ahmad, Saeed Khan, and Memo Debryn.

Mr. Walid broadly stated the public-speaking guidelines of CAIR, and listed several books as recommended reading, including How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.
Mr. Alawan argued convincingly in favor of speeches by Muslim women rather than men, saying that audiences melt when women speak in hijab from their own sincerity and conviction.

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