Giving Effective Presentations

with Sarah Louise Turner
Thursday, November 25, 2021 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Zoom (link will be sent to confirmed participants)

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Please note: Participation is limited to current SCA students unless otherwise noted and priority will be given to participants in the Art Skills program. If space is available, recent SCA graduates may also attend. Presented as part of the SCA Fall Professional Practice Series.

So often we find ourselves faced with a looming presentation, unsure of what to do: either to conquer our "stage fright", survive the experience without losing our voice or just spice things up for our own enjoyment. In this workshop we will break down the different elements that lead to memorable, informative and engaging presentations.

In this session you will:

  1. Plan, structure, and deliver a clear, coherent and meaningful message for a specific context.
  2. Choose and experiment with research-informed and appropriate techniques for managing performance anxiety.
  3. Reflect meaningfully on your own strengths and areas for growth in presenting.


Sarah Louise Turner is an  educational consultant with the Centre for Educational Excellence and has been with SFU for the past 14 years. Sarah began her work with SFU as a teaching enhancement specialist, where she had the great pleasure of working with many SFU faculty, instructional staff and graduate students on voice and presentation skills. Sarah currently co-facilitates the Certificate Program for University Teaching and Learning (CPUTL), is  a facilitator for both the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and Rethinking Course Design, and contributes to institutional, faculty and departmental initiatives that span curriculum planning, assessment and the creation of educational media.

Sarah holds an MFA from Indiana University and is passionate about arts-based practices in higher education, which informs many collaborations here at SFU, such as those with both the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) and SFU’s Teaching and Learning Players. As a professional actor, Sarah is an active member of the Vancouver Theatre community and finds it particularly rewarding when her two worlds align.

Events in the Series

November 1, 3, 5 | Create a Portfolio Website: A Three Part Series with Shion Skye Carter (three parts, two time options)

November 4 | Your Work, Your Rights, Your Fees with Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

November 5 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Grad students)

November 12 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Undergrad students)

November 18 | The Value of the Collective: Interdependence as Methodology with Nya Lewis

November 19 | Creative Money with Chris Ens

November 25 | Effective Presentations with Sarah Louise Turner

About Art Skills

Art Skills combines mutual support and training to create collaboration between contemporary arts students, community partners and SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, providing real world experience and skills development. A Fall SCA Professional Practice series offers additional learning opportunities for students to gain skills they can practice hands-on in  internships, practicums and field placements. At the end of the project, students will share what they have learned by participating in a Community Skills Share. The goal of this project is to create a legacy that can support future students. 

Supported by SFU Work Integrated Learning and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts through the CEWIL iHub program, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative (I-WIL).

November 25, 2021