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Presenting with Impact workshop series

January 04, 2016
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Can you communicate your research in a way that inspires your listeners?

Communicating your research to a multidisciplinary or lay audience is an essential skill that every graduate student needs to master. Granting agencies and employers always rank skills in knowledge translation at the top, and individuals who successfully master the art of explaining complicated concepts in accessible ways go far--no matter if you're explaining the concepts to family members, potential employers or during the 3-Minute Thesis Competition

The goal of this new series is to help graduate students describe their research in interesting and novel ways, and be able to communicate it in a variety of settings and contexts. Workshops and practice sessions are offered by APEX, the Teaching and Learning Centre, and the Mitacs Step Program. Build your own program from these offerings: this series is approved for SFU's Co-Curricular Record (CCR) for any student who participates in a minimum of 10 hours of training. Read more about how to claim your CCR here

This program is open to all current SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Presenting with Impact: Finding the Story in your Research

How do you communicate your research in a way that grabs your listeners? It starts by looking at your research from a different framework than most scholars are used to: storytelling. In this interactive workshop you’ll learn how to structure your presentation into a story format so that it is both compelling and satisfying to your audience. 

Join facilitators Michelle Vanchu-Orosco and Jackie Amsden for this sessionMichelle is a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Education who runs digital storytelling workshops at local community centres. Jackie works in the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows and brings her expertise in using narrative frameworks and coaching last year's 3MT students. Read Jackie's article in University Affairs on how a storied approach can help grad students describe their research. 

 

Presenting with Impact: Hooking and Engaging your audience 

Learn how to create the ‘hook’ in your presentation and other ways to bring your presentation to life. In this session you’ll learn how to organize your speaking points in a way that engages your audience, with a focus on the opening part of your presentation and how to really hook your audience. This interactive workshop will give you both practical tips and advice, as well as time to practice your transformed presentation in small groups of your peers.  

Join John Bermingham and Poh Tan in this session. John is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication who previously spent 25 years as a journalist, including two decades as a staff reporter at The Province newspaper. Poh holds a PhD in Biology, is currently pursuing her second PhD in Education, and has participated in TedX at Stanley Park. She is also a graduate student facilitator in the Student Learning Commons/Research Commons

Mitacs: Practice your Presentation Skills I

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving feedback. Mitacs workshops have limited seating and fill up fast, so don't delay in registering for this full-day workshop! 

    Presenting with Impact: Playing your way to an Impactful Presentation 

    In this session you'll learn how to improve your presentation, not only by delivering it in a calm, confident manner, but by learning how to express your unique voice to really capture your audience's attention. Take your presentation skills to the next level--play your way into your own presentation style and have fun while delivering it! 

  • Thursday, Jan 28, 10am-12pm 
  • Bennett Library, Room 2020 
  • Register on myInvolvement

This session will include coaching from Julia Lane, a former Canadian Improv Games competitor and judge and participant in Toronto's Next Act Festival of improv. In addition to her experience as an improviser, Julia is a Faculty of Education PhD student and facilitator for the Student Learning/Research Commons.

Presenting with Impact: Practice makes Perfect  

Explore what goes into an award-winning presentation with practice and coaching from special guests, including previous 3MT winners. Have the chance to practice and hone your presentation in a non-threatening environment with coaching from facilitators and your peers. Three dates are offered: 

This session will include special guest Allison Cornell, PhD student in Biological Sciences, finalist in NSERC’s Science Action competition as well as second-place finisher in SFU’s 3MT Competition in 2014. 

This session will include special guest Jeremy Chiu, SFU’s 3MT winner last year, and Master's student in Math.

This session will include special guest Allison Cornell, PhD student in Biological Sciences, finalist in NSERC’s Science Action competition as well as second-place finisher in SFU’s 3MT Competition in 2014. 
 

Presenting with Impact: Engaging your Audience

In this session you’ll learn how to organize your speaking points in a way that engages your audience, with a focus on satisfying the needs of your audience. This interactive workshop will give you both practical tips and advice, as well as time to practice your transformed presentation in small groups of your peers.  Please bring your draft presentation script, slides or speaking points to the workshop. 

Poh Tan is the lead facilitator of this session. Poh holds a PhD in Biology, is currently pursuing her second PhD in Education, and has participated in TedX at Stanley Park. She is also a graduate student facilitator in the Student Learning Commons/Research Commons. 

Mitacs: Practice Your Presentation Skills II 

In this workshop you will apply and build on the techniques learned in Presentation Skills I (which is a pre-requisite to this workshop). You will have the opportunity to deliver a presentation specific to your work interest. Then benefit from an expert critique, as well as self-analysis by watching a video replay of your presentation, yours to keep for future reference. This workshop has very limited seating, so register early!  

  • Thursday, February 18, 9am-5pm @ Burnaby 
  • Register and read more on Mitacs' website
  • Teaching and Learning Centre: Presenting without Panic 

    Even without looking at the research, many people know that the very thought of “presenting” (public speaking) can cause significant bodily arousal. In academe, “presenting” is one of the expected scholarly modes of disseminating your research ideas at conferences, theses defenses, and during job-talks. During this workshop, you will learn and practice some new skills that will prepare you for those opportunities when you are called upon to present your work—about which you will know more than anyone else.

    This workshop will be co-led by Sanders Whiting, a teaching enhancement specialist (voice) in the Teaching and Learning Centre with extensive experience in theatre, music and education, and Russell Day, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology, recipient of an SFU Excellence in Teaching Award (2009) and certified Instructional Skills facilitator.

     

    High Impact Communication with Dr. Mark L. Winston 

    This one-day workshop is led by Dr. Mark L. Winston.  In this session Dr. Winston will help you improve your ability to think quickly, speak fluidly, and write clearly under pressure; develop brevity, clarity and focus in your spoken and written communications; and, gain confidence in using your unique voice and style with greater proficiency.

    • Wednesday, February 24, 9:30am - 3pm @ Harbour Centre
    • Register on myInvolvement FULL (but accepting registrations for waitlist)

    To improve speaking skills, this session will work on drawing from personal experiences and expertise in responding quickly and clearly to questions, without preamble or ramble. You’ll develop pacing, organization, voice modulation, volume, body language, audience engagement and eye contact, useful in small committee meetings through formal public speaking. For writing, we’ll focus on clear thinking, succinctness, simplicity and bringing key messages front and center, using intensive group feedback, editing and revisions. You’ll practice writing for newspapers/magazines, internal memos, strategic plans, press releases and/or web sites.

    Presenting with Impact: Making the most of your visuals  

    Your graphic slides are an important part of your presentation, enhancing the meaning and impact of your words. But too often during presentations, slides are a distraction--either because they are too wordy or because they don't complement what you're saying. Learn how to make your slides a complimentary part of the presentation and realy add value to your audience. 

    This session is facilitated by Poh Tan. Poh holds a PhD in Biology, and is currently pursuing her second PhD in Education, and has participated in TedX at Stanley Park. She is also a graduate student facilitator in the Student Learning Commons/Research Commons. 

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