Presentation Skills Training Series

Presenting your research effectively might be one of the most important skills you can add to your toolbox as a grad student. Whether it is at a research conference, job talk, grant application, research pitch competition, or moving beyond academia in your professional career, presenting as effectively as possible will increase both the impact of the research itself as well as your future successes as a professional. These workshops are designed to help you to achieve your goals.

 

Workshop 1: Content Development

Effective content is dependant upon 3 things: understanding and meeting your audience where they are, strategic sequencing of the correct arguments, and integrating stories to facilitate engagement, comprehension and memory. This workshop tackles all 3.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding how to use audience and purpose analysis to hone content
  • Developing effective argumentation and scaffolding for presenting research
  • Strategies for developing and incorporating effective story
September 14, 2021
4:00-5:00pm
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September 18, 2021
10:00-11:00am
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September 23, 2021
12:00-1:00pm
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Workshop 2: Designing Effective Visuals

The key to visuals is developing complementary impact. Three things can be achieved: 1) fast-track comprehension, 2) trigger emotion, 3) create memories. This workshop details how. Specifically, we’ll review examples and review key PowerPoint features.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding how to trigger emotion and increase memory with visuals
  • Strategies for using visuals to increase comprehension including training in specific PowerPoint functionality (morphing and zoom)
September 28, 2021
4:00-5:00pm
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October 2, 2021
10:00-11:00am
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October 7, 2021
12:00-1:00pm
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Workshop 3: Delivery Strategies

The two most important delivery tools to increase connection, credibility and comprehension are body language and voice. We’ll show you how. We’ll also review overcoming nerves and set-up strategies for both in-person and virtual presenting.

Learning outcomes:

  • Strategies to become more dynamic vocally
  • Tips for using body language to increase credibility and comprehension
  • Exercises for overcoming presentation anxiety
October 16, 2021
10:00-11:00am
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October 19, 2021
4:00-5:00pm
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October 19, 2021
12:00-1:00pm
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Contact

For questions about Presentation Skills training, please email skillsets [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Supervision%20training) .

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