Are you ever boring?
Are they really listening to you?
Are you really getting across the message you want them to remember?
This is a four-hour interactive workshop to help postdocs and other early-career academics communicate confidently and effectively, using techniques employed in the professional theatre. It is led by the speaker, coach, and facilitator Piers Ibbotson, who has worked with leading management consultancies and commercial enterprises, as well as with the university sector, in the UK and internationally.
Communicating with an audience is a special skill. We all know people who seem to have the power to inspire and persuade with the way they talk. This workshop will teach some of the skills and techniques that professional actors and directors use to command attention and ensure that the audience is riveted to what you say.
The first part of the workshop will address the physical aspects of presenting: how to modulate the energy, clarity, pitch, and tone of your voice, as well as all the non-verbal signals sent by your body language – with plenty of time to practise really changing your habits. The second half will connect these new skills with those of storytelling, putting text into action by learning how to find a narrative and carry it through your presentation with clarity and commitment from beginning to end.
The session will be focused and intimate, for just seven participants, and you are asked to bring along the content of a short presentation you've given recently, to work with in the second half. Sign up here.