Academic Communications series

Whether participating in group meetings, teaching classes or presenting at conferences, there are times when we all have to speak in public.  Each hands-on workshop focuses on a different aspect of public speaking.  Participants will practice and receive feedback on short presentations. 

Please contact the English Language Program for further information about their upcoming events.


Upcoming Workshops in the Series

 

Putting It Together: Using Verbal Cues to Connect Thoughts and Ideas

Have you ever listened to a talk that seemed disorganized or hard to follow? If so, it’s likely that the speaker failed to clearly connect the main ideas and to successfully guide the audience through the presentation.

In this workshop, we will focus on using transitional phrases and verbal cues to develop a logically organized presentation. Each participant will plan and deliver a brief talk using these techniques.  

Friday, November 18, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in 87 Prospect, room 063 (87 Prospect is directly behind 91 Prospect)
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Holding The Attention of Your Audience: Incorporating Powerful Examples and Audience Interaction

Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in 87 Prospect, room 063 (87 Prospect is directly behind 91 Prospect)
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Talking About Your Research: Developing a Pitch

Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in 87 Prospect, room 063 (87 Prospect is directly behind 91 Prospect)
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Recent Workshops in the Academic Communication Series 

Attention Getting Introductions: Connecting with Your Audience - The first step of a presentation can be the most challenging – how do you capture your audience’s interest and make them want to hear the rest of your talk? In this session, you will prepare and practice the key elements of an effective introduction; the attention getter, making the topic relevant to your audience and offering a preview of what is to come. Participants will practice and receive feedback on short presentations.

What Makes President Obama an Effective Speaker: Practicing the Techniques of Pausing, Pacing, and Emphasizing - We have all heard presenters who speak either too quickly or too slowly, making it difficult for us to understand or stay focused on the topic.  President Obama has mastered the art of public speaking, largely because of his use of pace, pausing and emphasis. In this workshop, we will analyze President Obama’s delivery and discuss how to apply his techniques. Participants will give brief talks, focusing on the skills of pacing, pausing and emphasizing