Can you communicate your research in a way that inspires your listeners?
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. Helping others understand and get excited by your research is essential--no matter if you're explaining the concepts to family members, potential employers or during the 3-Minute Thesis Competition!
The goal of these workshops and practice sessions 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. These sessions are offered by a mix of service providers: SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre, SFU's Office of Graduate Studies (APEX) and Mitacs.
These sessions are open to all current SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Research Commons also offers workshops that may be of use to you while preparing your 3-Minute Thesis presentation.
Another great resource you have access to is Lynda.com, an online video training library that can help you brush up on a variety of skills, or learn some new ones. They even offer a series to Improve Your Presentation Skills.
The Teaching and Learning Centre offers an extensive list of workshops. Some examples of workshops that may be useful for 3MT participants include: Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking and Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections
TLC also offers private voice sessions by appointment. For all of their workshops on voice and presentation skills, click here.
You can always find upcoming Graduate workshops through the Just in Time calendar: https://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/professional-development/justintime.html