Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Participants from many disciplines gathered to learn about and practice their skills in research communication in an intensive workshop led by Cornell physics professor Itai Cohen and Missouri State theatre and performing arts professor Melanie Dreyer-Lude. Working their bodies and voice to create engaging beginnings, focused core messages and clear slides, participants were videotaped and engaged in improvisation to improve the dramatic arc of their research presentation. Designed for busy graduate students and postdocs, this workshop is a teaser to the planned June 25-28 workshop on Finding Your Research Voice.
"I liked most how the instructors taught us to flip our presentations and elevator pitches." (Animal Science)
"How to successfully catch an audience's attention at the beginning of a talk. How to modify and create a strong core message. Other skills like how to walk and speak loudly and with proper gestures. The environment and everyone made me feel comfortable. Both of the instructors are enthusiastic and friendly. Overall I enjoyed the workshop. Good amount of activities and revising to mix things up." (Biological and Biomedical Sciences)
"Detailed tips about presentation style (breathing, hands, walking...) and presentation structure. Fitting the presentation into a story." (Civil and Environmental Engineering)