Presentation Skills - Hacking the Brain

Date & Time

Thursday, 1 March 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.  Effectively employing graphics to create presentations that will leave an audience wanting more is a sample of the tools covered in this session.  Participants should come prepared to present their own work.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  • A toolkit of cognitive and neurological ‘mind hacks’ that will help their 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 communicate ideas that will persuade an audience and ensure maximum retention.
  • An understanding of how to effectively make use of visuals.
  • A series of strategies for communicating complex ideas simply.

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. 

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