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TISED Newsletter 

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 2023 fall training is on delivering a 180-second talk on your research at the SED180 in December.  At the conclusion of SEDx180, a selection committee will choose 3 students, our 2024 ChangeMakers, to proceed to the winter training and deliver full presentations at the annual SEDTalks! Event in the spring. 


    Fall Schedule

    WORKSHOP TOPIC                                        


    OPTION #1                


    OPTION #2              


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    Introduction: Talking it up without dumbing it down

    October 18 2023

    October 23 2023 Strategic content development
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    Data Visualization

    November 1 2023

    October 30 2023

    Develop and deliver effective visuals
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    Presentation & "Stage" Presence

    November 15 2023

    November 13 2023

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

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    Small-Group Coaching Sessions


    November 27 2023: 2:00- 5:00pm

    November 28 2023: 10:00 - 12:30pm

    November 29 2023: 10:00- 1:00pm  

    Practice and individual feedback to students on their SED180 thesis presentation 

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    December 6 2023

    Students present their thesis research in a 180-second talk

    A selection committee chooses three students, our 2024 ChangeMakers, to participate in the winter training, develop full talks and present their research at the 2024 SEDTalks! Event.


    Presentation Skills Training participants will receive: ChangeMakers 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 2024 ChangeMaker.
    • 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 2024 SEDTalks! Event
    • $1,000 Award



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

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