All researchers need the ability to speak publicly with impact and confidence, however these skills come naturally to very few. This interactive workshop will help you to speak publicly at conferences and 3MT or whenever you need to present your research in a persuasive and impactful manner. In this session, you will discover how to:

  • Craft a powerful script in less than 20 minutes
  • Replace fear with excitement
  • Calm your nerves
  • Expand your vocal range
  • Adjust your messaging to appeal to specific audiences 
  • Create and deliver a value proposition
  • Handle Q&A with confidence
  • Present a business case (pitch) with impact
  • Avoid PowerPoint mistakes

Feedback from 2020 participants include:

"Barry O'Sullivan provided an excellent workshop, thank you for this opportunity to learn what is for me new skills and techniques for fear-free presenting."

"This was a brilliant talk and so valuable for presentations in future, and worked well online because presenter was so good at engagement."

[webinar] "The presentor [sic] really tried his best to make this as interactive and engaging as possible. I appreciate his effort despite the difficulty of giving a workshop via zoom especially on the topic of delivering 'impactful' presentations; which he mentioned, to be impactful is to build that connection with your audience - and that is just more challenging over a 2D screen."

[F2F] "The session was perfect. I was surprised that four-hour session was very enjoyable and the speaker had a stable performance from the beginning to the end of the session."

This course was formerly known as Advanced Presentation Skills.

About the presenter: Barry O'Sullivan of Sustainable Change was with KPMG for 34 years with KPMG, and spent 22 years as a partner. He has over 15 years of leadership coaching and delivering workshops.

May be eligible for CDSE.

About Communication

Learning to communicate effectively is critical to your ability to transfer your knowledge and research, build relationships, and gain employment. As you progress in your career these skills will become more important. The ability to master verbal, non-verbal, interpersonal, and written communication will allow you to communicate with clarity and influence. ‘Effective communication’ also appears in almost every job advertisement as a skill required by employers. 

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Herston campus. All UQ HDR students are welcome to attend, not just those based at Herston.