Practice Your Presentation Skills

Date & Time

Friday, 4 October 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Location

Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road

Organizer

Postdoctoral Fellows Office and Mitacs Training

 

 

This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training (formerly Mitacs Step). Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

In this one-day course, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Course Objective:

To create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying course concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

Through completing this course, participants will: 

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

Presentation Structure

  • Types Of Presentations
  • Mind maps as a design tool
  • Constructing your Argument  
  • Opening & closing
  • Synthesis  
  • Body
  • Length & Breaks
  • Closing
  • Q & A 

Managing Fear

  • Why people fear presenting
  • Overcoming Fear

Engaging Your Audience

  • Authenticity
  • Developing rapport 
  • Body language & Voice
  • Questioning the audience
  • Story-telling
  • Metaphors
  • Humour

Presentation Logistics

  • Room Layout
  • Getting there early
  • Whiteboards & Flipcharts   
  • Visual Aids
  • Presentation Practice

Facilitator

Dene Rossouw, Principal & Learning Coach, Possibil.com

Dene is Principal and Learning Coach at team Possibil. He has facilitated hundreds of programs for various organizations in Africa and Canada and is known for his ability to demystify complexity and explain processes using transferable concepts and dynamic models.

Dene brings an eclectic background to the table: he’s been a paratrooper and preacher and is currently a learning coach and wildlife photographer. Each experience has provided a rich backdrop to his approach to inviting possibility and building influence through the power of authentic dialogue, persuasive writing and compelling storytelling.

Registration

Registration in this session is required, and will open closer to the workshop date. Those postdocs successfully registered will receive a confirmation email within one week of the workshop date.