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Spring Break 2024 Presentation Skills Series

Got an important conference presentation, defense or job talk coming up? Please join us for this series of workshops on essential presentation skills. All held on Zoom, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Monday, March 11

Presentation Planning (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
What information will should I include in my presentation? What should I leave out? What should guide these decisions? How will I organize the information? How will I make sure I am prepared for my presentation?

Tuesday, March 12

Slide Design (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
What makes slides effective or ineffective? How do I make my slides stand out? What are some best practices for slide design? How can slides best support my message? What’s the most important thing to avoid in my slides?

Wednesday, March 13

Delivering a Confident Presentation (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
What do I do if I’m really nervous? How do I appear confident? Where should I look? What should I do with my hands? How can I make sure I’m understood? What makes a speaker sound interesting or boring?

Thursday, March 14

Handling Questions and Wrapping-up (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
How do I prepare for questions at the end of my talk? How do I know what people might ask? What if I don’t understand the question? What if the question is bad and I don’t want to answer? What’s the best way to end my talk?

Presentation Practice & Feedback Sessions

Are you preparing for an important presentation? Schedule a 45-minute individual appointment to practice your presentation and get feedback on your slides, presentation style, and any other concerns. For international graduate students and postdocs.

Schedule a practice presentation here.