Mitacs Step: Practice Your Presentation Skills I

November 18, 2014 all-day
York University
York Lanes
York University, North York, ON M3J 2S5
Dana Svistovitch

CaptureIn this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Workshop Objective:

To create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying workshop concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

Presentation Structure

  • Types Of Presentations
  • Mind maps as a design tool
  • Constructing your Argument
  • Opening & closing
  • Synthesis
  • Body
  • Length & Breaks
  • Closing
  • Q & A

Managing Fear

  • Why people fear presenting
  • Overcoming Fear

Engaging Your Audience

  • Authenticity
  • Developing rapport
  • Body language & Voice
  • Questioning the audience
  • Story-telling
  • Metaphors
  • Humour

Presentation Logistics

  • Room Layout
  • Getting there early
  • Whiteboards & Flipcharts
  • Visual Aids

Presentation Practice

Please note:

  • There is no cost to attend the workshop.
  • The pre-authorization of a valid credit card is REQUIRED to complete and secure your registration.
  • Participants can modify or cancel their registration without penalty up to 5 days prior to the workshop.
  • Modifications or cancellations made less than 5 days before the workshop are subject to a $50 fee.
  • Participants are required to attend the workshop in its entirety. Those who choose to not participate for the entire duration of the workshop will be charged a $50.00 “Withdrawal” fee.

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