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Laura Bergells has over 14 years of experience as a professional speaker and community builder who helps growing businesses hone their messages through public speaking, presentations, websites, blogs, and social media. She's worked extensively with business professionals to coach them in their communication skills, especially in moving beyond PowerPoint, and is often quoted in regional media as a communications and marketing expert. Her popular blog, Maniactive.com, is a must-read for those who deliver presentations to modern, media-savvy audiences. Laura is an adjunct instructor at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a BA degree in telecommunications and sociology. She earned her master's degree from Grand Valley State University. You can find her on Twitter @maniactive.