Public Speaking and Presentation Mastery

Date & Time

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 9:00am to 12:30pm


Thea Koerner House, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



Master the art of polished and professional presentation skills through this interactive half-day workshop.  This session will help you move your presentation skills from good to great by teaching you how to push your own boundaries.  Participants will learn presentation skills that are based on neurological and psychological principles that are designed to increase retention while influencing an audience.  This session will also apply strategies from the Toastmasters™ method, Dale Carnegie Training, poker analysis, RCMP interrogation techniques, theatre and improv, combined with the learned experiences of the facilitator to enhance your public speaking skills.  Participants will leave this session with the confidence and tools required to successfully present and speak in front of others.

NOTE: Participants should come prepared to present their own work. Those successfully registered will be required to submit 2-3 slides from a recent presentation in advance of the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • A toolkit of both verbal and non-verbal strategies designed to help you present in any situation
  • A series of cognitive and neurological ‘mind hacks’ that will help your presentations stand out.
  • An understanding of how to use body language to communicate confidently and create a strong impression when presenting.
  • An understanding of how to effectively make use of visuals.
  • A strategic formula to answer questions effectively
  • A strategy for communicating complex ideas simply.


Ivan Wanis Ruiz 

Ivan Wanis Ruiz

Ivan Wanis Ruiz is a communications expert like no other. He has been a guest lecturer at not only the University of British Columbia but also the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, University of Guelph and many more. He has travelled across Canada twice as the official spokesperson for both the PanAm Games and most recently the Invictus Games.

Speaking in front of media, in one-on-one conversations and in front of audiences of thousands he has developed and nurtured a truly unique and practical communication style. "I am obsessed with ideas, not just how they are communicated, but more importantly how they are remembered!"

Ivan is also the author of They Don't Have to be Naked: A new approach to Public Speaking.


Registration in this workshop is required, and is now open. Those successfully registered will receive an email within one week of the workshop date, and will be required to submit 2-3 slides from a recent presentation in advance of the workshop.