They Don't Have to Be Naked!

Date & Time

Thursday, 26 January 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm


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


Postdoctoral Fellows Office



This workshop takes the accepted principles of effective communication and flips them upside down.  Focusing on communication skills independent of other media (ie PPT) and applies a variety of techniques including, the Toastmasters method, strategies from police interrogation, Dale Carnegie Training, poker analysis, theatre, improv and the experiences of the speaker.  This class is also highly interactive and will apply the ideas presented in class to demonstrate their effectiveness.

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:


Registration is limited to currently-appointed UBC postdocs, and is now open. Registrants will be confirmed on a first-come first-served basis. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO one week prior to the workshop. All cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance of the workshop