Hacking the Brain

Date & Time

Wednesday, 4 November 2015 - 9:00am to 12:30pm


GSS Ballroom, Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, UBC, Point Grey campus


Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)



The most common form of presentation is speaking with slides.  This workshop answers the following questions:  How can you make your presentations not only more effective, but also interesting?  This workshop applies principles from neurology and psychology to create and work with visual presentations that will enthrall your audience, keep them guessing and wanting more.

Learning Outcomes

  • A toolbelt of cognitive & neurological mind hacks that will make you standout when speaking
  • An understanding of the physical characteristics that communicate confidence and create a strong impressions when speaking
  • How to communicate ideas that will enhance retention and convince others of your ideas
  • Strategies for communicating complex ideas simply


Ivan Wanis Ruiz

Ivan Wanis Ruiz is a communications expert with a unique background.  Originally trained in facilitation by the Ministry of Attorney General’s Office in British Columbia he has since become Advanced Toastmaster Gold, Certified trainer for the Dale Carnegie Business group and holds a certificate in Adult education.  He has owned and operated 2 small businesses and has worked in Human Resources, Finance and Sales.  He is also a trained actor and has been featured in films like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and guest starred on TV shows such as Covert Affairs and Supernatural to name a few.   He is also a graduate of the Second City and performs regularly in Toronto. 

Ivan is an accomplished educator and has been a guest lecturer at the UBC Sauder School of Business for the past 5 years training students in case analysis and effective presentations. 

Ivan is also the author of They don't have to be Naked!™ A new approach to public speaking

You can find out more about Ivan on his website  speakingandcommunication.com


Registration in this workshop is required, and is now open. Successfully registered postdocs will receive a confirmation email within 7 days of the workshop date. As part of this workshop, participants will be asked to submit a slide deck or presentation to the workshop facilitator. Additional information will be provided with the confirmation of registration.


"This workshop opened my eyes to new ways of transforming information. Very interesting."

"Very useful and practical information that could be implemented in any public presentation."

"Very engaging, informative, and concise."

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