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SEDTalks! Presentation Skills Training

What is the SEDTalks! Presentation Skills Training?

Need to practice public-speaking for an upcoming academic conference? Want to build important career skills? Hope to participate in the McGill wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and don't know where to start? No matter your skill level, no matter how (un)comfortable you are with public speaking, our Presentation Skills Training is for you!

The SEDTalks! Presentation Skills Training is an educational and skills-building training series for graduate students in McGill's Faculty of Engineering. Led by oral communication professionals, the training includes workshops, small group coaching sessions with feedback and explores strategies to design research talks that are both accessible and impactful. The primary focus of the 2021 fall training is on delivering a 180-second talk on your research to a multidisciplinary audience at the SEDx180S in December.  At the conclusion of SEDx180S, a selection committee will choose 3 students, our 2022 ChangeMakers, to proceed to the winter training and deliver full presentations at the annual SEDTalks! Event in the spring.  TISED is pleased to announce that the 2022 SEDTalks! Event will be hosted in partnership with WSP, one of the world's leading professional services firms.

For more information and benefits of the training please see our PDF icon 2021 SEDTALKS! PRESENTATION SKILL TRAINING BROCHURE


     Fall Schedule

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    Introduction: Talking it up without dumbing it down

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Thursday, October 21, 2021

    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Strategic content development
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    Data Visualization

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021

    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Thursday, October 28, 2021

    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Develop and deliver effective visuals
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    Presentation & "Stage" Presence

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

    5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Voice, body language, and "stage presence" for online and in-person presentations

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    Small-Group Coaching Sessions


    Week of November 23-25, 2021

    Specific dates and times TBD

    Practice and individual feedback to students on their SEDx180S thesis presentation 

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    Wednesday, December 7, 2021

    Students present their thesis research in a 180-second talk

    A selection committee chooses three students, our 2022 ChangeMakers, to participate in the winter training, develop full talks and present their research at the 2022 SEDTalks! Event.


    Presentation Skills Training participants will receive:

    • Free professional presentation skills training, including small group practice sessions and feedback;
    • Recognition on McGill’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a document that recognizes a student's involvement in learning opportunities outside the classroom;
    • An information session with an industrial partner, WSP;
    • Possibility of being selected as a 2022 ChangeMaker.

    ChangeMakers will receive:

    • Individual and small group coaching with feedback during the development of their SEDTalk!
    • A luncheon with WSP representatives
    • Professional photoshoot, promotion of research on TISED's channels and a professional YouTube video of their SEDTalk!
    • Participation in the 2022 SEDTalks! Event
    • $1,000 Award

    Sign Up Today!

    To register, you must fill out the registration webform. The registration deadline is October 19, 2021, and spaces are limited.



    Open to any graduate student in engineering, architecture or urban planning working on sustainability-related research in one of the following four areas:

    Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience

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    Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

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    Sustainable Industrial Processes & Manufacturing

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    Sustainable Urban Infrastructure & Transportation

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