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Monday, November 05, 2018
Finding Your Research Voice

Finding Your Research Voice is a hands-on workshop that involves learning how to use your body and your voice to engage any audience. Participants practice new gestures, experiment with the use of props, and take advantage of trial videos and peer feedback. Students learn specific presentation ideas and field tested exercises that will help them improve their research presentation skills. 

This two-day workshop is designed for grad students and postdocs in the social sciences, STEM, humanities and arts disciplines who are interested in an immersion to improve their research communication skills.  Invest 12 hours and sign up for the next workshop to be held on Sunday-Monday June 2-3, 2019. 

See the takeaways and feedback from participants:

"Arrange content logically.  Keep focus on linear story telling" (Biological and Environmental Engineering)

"How to think about what are the central parts to a presentation. How to look at my slides from an outside perspective. What is important in terms of posture, pace,..." (Sociology)

"Thinking about changing the order of your presentation was really helpful.  I think it changed the whole structure of my talk to present the main result first because that allowed me to also make my intro cleaner and more understandable." (Molecular, Biology and Genetics)

"I am so glad I participated in this program within within the first two years of my PhD which allows me to apply these skills to many future presentations and data/research visualization.  The most important skill I gained was to stick to the core message and consider how a slide relates to core message, then edit.  Additionally, the power of well timed visualizations of workflows/methods rather than text heavy slides allow you to tell a story and reach more audience members knowledge levels/attention spans." "The recordings are very useful! and Melanie's coaching offered the perspective that many PI's can't/don't provide."  (Plant Breeding and Genetics)

"Various presentation skills, different angles to view the presentations, ways to catch attention of the audience." (Bioinformatics)

"How to convey a story and separate it into parts that allow you to tell a story that makes sense.  How important a good beginning is, from your intro slide to how you hook your audience." (Materials Science and Engineering)

"I feel the most important skill I learned at the workshop is to think quickly on my own feet while presenting. The knowledge that was rendered in the workshop – for instance, how to make a story out of your research, was priceless. I hope to inculcate these skills in my research to better engross the audience when I speak." (Food Science)

See here feedback from the June FYRV workshop's participants.