Voice and Presentation Skills

Breath Power, Posture and Pauses: Your Secret Allies for Public Speaking

Does your chest tighten when you speak publicly? Does your delivery become awkward when you face an audience? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will introduce techniques to increase your confidence, vocal power and ability to communicate in a relaxed way. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education.

NOTE: A $25 cancellation fee may apply for registrants who do not attend or who fail to provide adequate notice of withdrawal (one week’s notice is recommended).

Additional information

When a speaker is relaxed, the presentation becomes more enjoyable and effective for both the audience and the speaker. This practical workshop will make you aware of the many elements that you can control to ensure a successful presentation—from the way you enter a room and the posture you adopt to the quality of your voice and the pace at which you speak. Learn how to breathe, stand and speak in ways that will increase your comfort level whether you are in a lecture hall or a small group setting.

Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Use posture to gain confidence and vocal power
  • Insert pauses to focus your audience
  • Slow down your delivery to increase comprehension
  • Breathe to increase relaxation and connection to your message

SPRING 2019

Thu, February 28, 2019 | 1:30–3:30
Halpern Centre 114, Burnaby campus

   Open until filled
   tlcevent@sfu.ca

Expressive Speech: Vocal Dynamism in the Classroom

Are you ready to trade your sleep-inducing monotone for a richer and more exciting sound? In this two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles you will learn to apply the musician’s tools of melody and rhythm to become a more confident, colourful and dynamic speaker. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education.

NOTE: A $25 cancellation fee may apply for registrants who do not attend or who fail to provide adequate notice of withdrawal (one week’s notice is recommended).

Additional information

Effective presentations are about more than content. Your delivery matters. Dynamic variation and vocal variety can help you capture, hold and direct the attention of your audience. Speaking in a melodic and dynamic way can make your content more interesting, persuasive and memorable. This workshop will give you the knowledge and techniques you need to enhance the melodic and rhythmic qualities of your speech.

Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • Increase your pitch range to create an exciting vocal line and avoid monotonous speech production
  • Use a variety of cadences to captivate your audience
  • Use consonants to make your meaning clearer and easier to understand
  • Take advantage of pauses and repetition to frame important words and phrases

SPRING 2019

Thu, March 14, 2019 | 1:30–3:30
Halpern Centre 114, Burnaby campus

   Open until filled
   tlcevent@sfu.ca

Better Presentations: Building Confidence and Connections

Do you struggle to connect with your listeners? Do audiences seem like an intimidating sea of faces? This two-hour workshop for instructors, staff members and graduate students in instructional roles will show you how to build confidence, warm up your audience, and create an inclusive and open atmosphere for learning. The session will be facilitated by TLC voice specialist Sanders Whiting, who draws on his extensive background in music, theatre and education.

NOTE: A $25 cancellation fee may apply for registrants who do not attend or who fail to provide adequate notice of withdrawal (one week’s notice is recommended).

Additional information

As a public speaker there are concrete steps you can take to increase the receptivity and alertness of your audience and to create a positive mood for learning at the beginning of your lectures and presentations. Adding physical energy along with elements of your own personality can draw the attention of your audience. Learn to use the tools of intention, anecdote, gesture and humour to energize your message and captivate your audience.

Outcomes

Here are the things you will learn in this two-hour session to keep the attention of your audience:

  • Power poses
  • Reframing with empathy
  • Refocusing one’s purpose
  • Creating personal connections

SPRING 2019

Thu, March 28, 2019 | 1:30–3:30
Halpern Centre 114, Burnaby campus

   Open until filled
   tlcevent@sfu.ca