Presentation skills from the classroom to conferences

Date Released: 9 July 2015

Being able to give good presentations is an important skill. Apart from simply being a way to influence how other people view you, preparing a good presentation helps to sharpen one's ideas, be more concise and pointed in one's message, and improve one's awareness of the power of language to persuade. The ability to make a good presentation is a valuable skill for any student or academic, both in terms of teaching and giving conference talks.
During this UCITE session, Sarah de Swart (from UCITE) will discuss some of the central elements that go into making good presentations, such as voice and body language, as well as the different kinds of strategies that can be used for classroom lectures or scientific presentations. We will also try to tackle some of the presentation challenges raised by the group. Using a round table method, we will identify the most common issues for faculty and share strategies for success.
Sarah will draw upon her prior experience as a professional actress to illustrate how some of the skills used in improvisational theater (which involves interactions similar to those found in the classroom) can be adapted by professors for their own use. Sarah has been advising CWRU faculty on an individual basis on how to improve their presentations.
Join us for that session on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen Building (at the corner of Euclid and Adelbert). Please use the Adelbert Road doors.
Pizza lunch, sodas, and water will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend each session by replying to this email to