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The Presentation Lightning Series: Preparing for your 3MT

January 10, 2015

Want to learn how to win grants, land jobs, impact policy and generally use your research to make the world a better place?

Sign up for the 3 Minute Thesis competition before January 31, 2015.

And to help you hone your entry, come to one or all of our 1.5 hour Presentation Lightning sessions. 

Though this series is specifically designed to support 3MT participants, all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

Compelling Communication: finding the story in your research

  • Feb 2, 2015, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm, MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus 
  • Register Here

Structure your research presentation into a story format so that it is both compelling and satisfying to your audience with coaching support from: 

Michelle Vanchu-Orosco is a Faculty of Education postdoctoral fellow who also runs digital storytelling workshops at local community centres.

Bryce Westlake: Bryce is a Criminology PhD student and was a finalist in SSHRC’s 3 minute Storytelling Competition.  

Voice and Breath: mastering the art of the calm and relaxed delivery

  • Feb 03, 5pm - 6:30, 2015
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
  • Register Here
Get feedback and coaching on your delivery and voice. This session will include coaching from:

Sanders Whiting is a voice specialist with experience in theatre, music, and education. He teaches voice, speech, and singing technique to theatre students at Capilano University and is Teaching Enhancement Specialist with the Teaching and Learning Centre.  

Tips From Past Winners: coaching from the experts 

Get feedback and advice regarding your presentation structure and delivery from past 3MT Winners. This session will include coaching from:

Aviva Finkelstein is an Archeology PhD student  and the Winner of the SFU’s 2014 3MT competition.

Making the most of your visuals: the basics of graphic design 

  • Feb 4, 2015, 11am – 12:30,
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
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Your graphic slide can be an effective tool to enhance the meaning and impact of your presentation. Learn how to improve the design of your slide with coaching and feedback from:

Gladys We is a Communications Officer with the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows and has worked in digital and print design for over 25 years.

The Confident and Engaging presenter: using theatre to strengthen your speaking skills

  • Feb 11, 2015, 12:30 pm – 2 pm 
  • 2945 McLean Management Studies Lab, Harbour Centre, Vancouver
  • Register Here

Learn how to build an engaging presentation and deliver it in a calm, confident manner that expresses your unique voice and get your audience's attention. This session will include improv coaching from:

Julia Lane is a former Canadian Improv Games competitor and participant of the Toronto Next Act Festival of improv. She is also a Faculty of Education PhD student.

Taking Your 3MT from Good to Great: role play and practice with Dr.Mary-Ellen Kelm

  • Feb 6, 2015, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
  • Register Here

Explore what goes into an award-winning 3MT with practice and coaching from Dr. Mary-Ellen Kelm, History Faculty Member and Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows.

Hooking Your Audience: writing effective and engaging openings

  • Feb 10, 2015, 12- 1:30 pm
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
  • Register Here

The most important lines in your presentation are the first ones. Learn how to find the ‘hook’ in your presentation and other ways to bring your piece to life with coaching support from:

John Bermingham is a Communication PhD student and previously spent 25 years as a journalist, including two decades as a staff reporter at The Province newspaper.

Tips from Past Winners: coaching from the experts 

  • Feb 13, 12pm - 1:30, 2015
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
  • Register Here

Get feedback and advice regarding your presentation structure and delivery from past 3MT Winners. This session will include coaching from:

Pradeep Reddy Raamana is an Engineering PhD student and winner of SFU’s 2014 3MT People’s Choice Award.

Michael Henrey is an Engineering PhD student  and the Winner of the SFU’s 2013 3MT competition.

Communicating with clarity: using precise and understandable language 

Ensure your presentation will be clear to all members of your audience by choosing simple but compelling language.  In this session, you will identify problematic word choice and help generate alternatives with coaching support from:

Adam Bajan is a Communication Masters student and associate with A Cue Consulting, a local boutique PR agency.

Talking So People Understand: writing and speaking with clarity and focus

  • Feb 17, 11:00 – 12:30pm, 2015
  • MBC 1500, Burnaby Campus
  • Register Here

Communicating so that people understand your message involves both how you structure what you want to say and also how you say it. Improve your ability to do both with coaching from:

Kelly Brennan is a Linguistics PhD student at Griffith University in Australia and is currently at Simon Fraser University as a Visiting Research Scholar. She is also a Peer Writing Facilitator with the SFU’s Research Commons. 




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