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Workshop: Empower Yourself for Public Speaking Opportunities

Deadline: September 1, 2019
Participants: 50 maximum

Date: September 8, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Hilton Palm Springs Resort (Palm Canyon Room)

Convener: Jason Ballmann, Mark Benthien

SUMMARY: When you get the chance to speak in front of an audience, whether that’s in-person, online, or through a camera, what worries goes through your head? Are you upset that you even feel such anxiety? Do you feel like you’re just spouting facts and figures but not really delivering and making a last impression? Are you concerned about how you look or sound? Relax, these are all normal feelings, and it’s okay! In this workshop, we’ll explore how you can express your work in new and tried-and-true ways. We’ll discuss and try a variety of mental, verbal, and physical skills, from figurative language, storytelling, and humor devices to vocal and gestural techniques. A major focus will be on how to adapt to your audience and interact with and inspire them! We will also view examples of the good, bad, and the ugly - even the truly exceptional. And you will walk away with new guidance, tools, and skills, even an improved sense of confidence.

Ahead of the workshop, think about 3-4 topics you often speak about (3-4). Come prepared to apply what you learn in a safe, supportive environment.


13:00 - 13:10 Welcome and Introduction  
13:10 - 13:40 Presentation: Essential Public Speaking Techniques  
13:40 - 14:00 Discussion: Why Are We Here Today?  
14:00 - 14:15 Break  
14:15 - 15:00 Presentation: Advanced Public Speaking Techniques  
15:00 - 15:45 Group Practice: Pick 2-3 Techniques to Focus On  
15:45 - 16:00 Break  
16:00 - 16:30 Group Practice: Pick 2-3 Different Techniques to Focus On  
16:30 - 17:00 Discussion and Recapitulation   
17:00 Adjourn  

This workshop is held prior to the 2019 SCEC Annual Meeting.

Flexibility in Attendance: While being present for the whole workshop is highly recommended, we know many people are coming from many different places on this day. You are welcome to come and go as you need to, but when arriving or leaving please keep help preserve the focus and integrity of the group.

It is SCEC policy to foster harassment-free environments wherever our science is conducted. By accepting an invitation to participate in a SCEC-supported event, by email or online registration, participants agree to abide by the SCEC Activities Code of Conduct.