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Dr. Nick "Ranger Nick" Fuhrman  

Josiah Meigs Professor of Environmental Education & Nature TV Host

Dr. Nick Fuhrman, known affectionately by his students and TV viewers as "Ranger Nick," is a nationally known expert in teaching methods. He is most known for using live animals in his classroom and keynote addresses and studies how incorporating animals as teaching tools can benefit both the audience and speaker. He is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in environmental education from the University of Florida.

Speech Topics

Creatively Evaluating Others

Let’s move beyond tests and quizzes and develop fun ways to capture knowledge, attitude, and behavior change from our learners without them even knowing they’re being evaluated. Creative examples of techniques for evaluating learners will be demonstrated along with ways for summarizing the data you collect to make sense of it.

The Difference Between Presenting Information and Truly Teaching It (What Great Teachers Do)

Although you may not have the title of educator, everyone is a teacher to others. This presentation will highlight the four elements that all “great” teachers exhibit while using creative analogies between special animals and exceptional teachers.

Show Me the Money: Developing Winning Teaching Grants

From documenting a need for funds to articulating ways to spend the money to address the need, this session will leave you with a list of techniques that have been proven to create teaching grant proposals that are funded!

Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety

No matter the experience level of the speaker, every presenter gets nervous. This presentation will demonstrate research-proven techniques for overcoming public speaking anxiety, including the use of teaching tools that can be held while speaking. Dr. Fuhrman’s research on using animals to overcome public speaking anxiety will also be demonstrated.

Inspiring Behavior Change in Your Organization: Making it “Stick”

Change is difficult. Engaging in a new behavior repeatedly, over time can be extremely challenging. This presentation will share theory-based aspects of making any behavior “stick” using six secrets to helping others feel committed to new behaviors.

Secrets to Engaging and Captivating an Audience

From the first line of your message to your call to action, this presentation will help participants discover how to frame their message to move audiences from awareness of an issue to taking the necessary action to address it. Secrets to changing one’s delivery style every 7-minutes will be shared and methods to empower adult audiences to feel valued and appreciated will be demonstrated.

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