Professional Development: Acting for Askers

National speaker and trainer, Ed Hohlbein is pleased to announce the launch of “Acting for Askers,” a new training program being launched in conjunction with Nashville Community Education. Geared towards anyone looking to develop greater connection with clients, coworkers and potential prospects or donors, the 5-w eek course will be held on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm beginning J anuary 25th at our Cohn School location.

The program, which provides a step-by-step guide for implementing basic acting techniques into daily life, is designed to infuse greater focus, empathy, and creativity into a more successful “ask.” Relying on his unique background and organic journey from classically trained actor and communications instructor to numerous years of experience working with a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations, Hohlbein has seen the tremendous impact that the application of these principles can have on a business and its client relationships.

He shares, “I’ve seen through my own experience as well as organizations I’ve trained, that these skills so fundamental to theater training can make a huge impact in developing more relaxed, authentic connections. I believe they can be beneficial to everyone – from the nonprofit professional seeking donations to the person looking to approach his or her manager about a well-deserved raise. I look forward to helping people tap into their inner askers.”

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Trainer and speaker, Ed Hohlbein, blends his unique experiences as an actor , communications professor, nonprofit asker, and self-confessed “ dataholic” to provide clients with fresh, new approaches towards solving their data system dilemmas as well as tools to create more authentic business connections and a more successful “ask.” He brings 17+ years of experience across a variety of roles within the world of nonprofit fundraising including data management, major gifts, grant research and individual philanthropy to a diverse list of clients such as HCA, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House, Presbyterian College, Melanoma Research Foundation and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Guest Blogger: Italian Instructor, Jessica Spradlin

My name is Jessica Spradlin and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with NCE! This is my second time working with NCE as an Italian instructor and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom! My Italian classes are focused on teaching the basics of both language (written and spoken) and culture in order to give students a good understanding of Italy as a whole. We’ll have the chance to listen to music, watch video clips, and even taste some food all while learning this beautiful language.

Jessica SpradlinFeel free to contact me via email at should you have any
further questions!

Spero di avere il piacere di insegnarvi tutti!



Jessica teaches Italian I, II, III and IV at our Cohn School location. Register soon: Italian I and Italian III start next week!

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 CoverIt’s that time of year again: time for changes, time for resolutions and time to recharge. NCE is not immune to the season of change. You may have noticed our new, refreshed look: a change in logo, photos and design! It’s time to rejuvenate our program and we’re not doing that through visuals alone. We’ve also added several new classes and partnerships this Spring!

I’m especially excited for the great lineup of self-care and health classes we have including Five Phases of Chinese Medicine and Fermentation For Your Health. We’re also teaming up with the Nashville Farmers’ Market to bring you a 5-part series of workshops focusing on local, healthy, affordable food hosted in their Grow Local! Kitchen.

This spring’s schedule is chock full of some of your favorite returning classes and lots of exciting new offerings. Make sure to register early, many classes will fill fast!

Thank you for helping us enrich the diverse fabric of Nashville.

Mary Beth Harding
Executive Director