Jim Golden, B.S., M.S., an experienced national and dynamic award winning public speaker, professor, entrepreneur and is the Owner/Principal of Golden Opportunity Learning and Development, LLC which is an award winning national public speaking business that provides keynotes, public speaking training, and coaching services. Jim is a sought-after national speaker and facilitator to Fortune 1000 corporations, government (state and federal), and colleges and universities nationwide including Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Washington Gas. Jim is a frequent blogger and soon to be author who will publish a book titled "Presentation Swagger®: 10 Keys to Delivering a Powerful Presentation," which provides sage information on how to captivate your audience and move them to action. Jim is a Toastmasters Int'l Speaker and President of the Year Award Winner.
In a recent Wall Street Journal post, it is said that effective communication and public speaking skills are the top desired skill organizations seek. says that communication skills are the "less common, more desired" or the "sweet spot" of workplace skills.
Expected outcomes of attending one of our keynotes or training sessions will be developing a comprehensive and "strategic approach to the public speaking process. This in turn, will assist with developing 'artistry' in the use of metaphors, similes, and analogies while speaking. You will strengthen your verbal and nonverbal communication skills by practicing breathing, purposeful movement, gestures, eye contact, pitch, volume, and tone.
Additional benefits are that you will "hit your mark" to build speaker confidence, develop artistry to ensure audience connectivity and develop a 'new wrinkle' to
improve vocal and physical (nonverbal) delivery. Last, you will find your 'charismatic hotspot' that will give you an edge to speak at any time and situation. You will learn to strategically use stories and humor in your presentation ensure audience connectivity and engagement.
Our keynote and training offerings are:
- Grit, Grace, and Giving Back
- Speaking with Confidence - Step Up Your Game!
- Charisma, Credibility, and Trust: Keys to Presentation Swagger
- Enhanced Communication and Public Speaking
- Ingredients for Impactful Communication and Public Speaking Strategies
The return on your investment will be increased presentation confidence (swagger), improved organizational communication, enhanced critical thinking, better persuasiveness, improved active listening, and better customer service.
Golden Opportunity Learning and Development, LLC is a Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council Supplier of the Year Award Winner and Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award Winner in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Jim recently delivered a keynote titled: "Speaking with Confidence - Step Up Your Game!" before 400 attendees at the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Jim received his Executive Business Education from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Masters of Science from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), and Bachelors of Science degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Jim is also an adjunct associate professor and lecturer/visiting professor of oral communication at University of Maryland University College and University of Maryland College Park, respectively.
Jim holds active memberships and associations in the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (Education & Training Committee), College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Metro DC Association for Talent Development (ATD), and Linganore Winery (Volunteer Wine Consultant). Jim is also a regular lector in his local church and volunteer at Shepherd's Table Community Kitchen in Silver Spring, Maryland.