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Public Speaking for Researchers
Domain: D2 Communication and dissemination

TACE: A - Acquisition

Format: Workshop/Experiential
Suitable for: Middle/Late

Public speaking accounts for 70% of an academic’s output. Clear, effective and professional communication skills are therefore absolutely essential to any aspiring academic and indeed any career that you hope to go into after your PhD. In an age where we all have the potential to be our own broadcasters, and when there is increasing pressure to disseminate our work to a broader audience, it has never been so important for academics to hone their public speaking skills.

This unique and interactive public speaking workshop fuses academic skills with storytelling techniques and a professional actor’s training. The GradTrain team bring together a variety of disciplines from communications, academia, consulting/coaching, media production and performing arts and are uniquely placed to help students discover the art of performance and speech writing, covering the following issues:

* Writing a speech and ‘selling’ your message, while keeping your audience engaged and enjoying the experience
* how to improve your ‘stage presence’ and personal impact, including voice projection, articulation, posture, body language and handling nerves
* different modes of communication: how to pitch to different audiences and handle the Q&A
* the techniques of presenting: how to deliver complex ideas, put yourself in your audience’s shoes, and ‘think on your academic feet’
* tips on tools of communication: How to use PowerPoint, and other useful visual / audio aids

During the session you will be required to present a 2 minute presentation on your research (to the layperson) at the end of the session. The tools and techniques be covered in the session and your presentation will be written during the day.

More information on this subject may be available on the range of online learning resources such as Linkedin Learning

Mr Stewart O’Reilly
Ms Peta Maurice

28/11/2019 (Thursday) / 10:00 - 17:00 / Seminar Room A/B (DA 5.10/5.11), 5th Floor, Friary House
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02/03/2020 (Monday) / 10:00 - 17:00 / Seminar Room A/B (DA 5.10/5.11), 5th Floor, Friary House
available after 01/01/2020