Practice Your Presentation Skills II - Burnaby (February 18, 2016)

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Pre-requisite required:  Practice Your Presentation Skills I.

Practice Your Presentation Skills IIBurnaby

When: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)
Where: Simon Fraser University / Bennett Library
Room: Thesis Defense Room

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process.
A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to those who participate in full.



Practice Your Presentation Skills II is for individuals who have already participated in the Practice Your Presentation Skills I and wish to take this key skill to the next step.   

The advanced skills development is achieved through a greater emphasis on practice and critique of realistic presentations that are relevant to the job, as well as the ability to watch oneself on video.

Each participant prepares a 15-20 min presentation relevant to her/his work or interests.

Flipcharts, whiteboard, or PowerPoint as visual aids are allowed.

To gain the most benefit from this workshop, presentations should have been practiced at least once (alone is OK) in order to check timing and ensure application of Level I skills and concepts.

To make efficient use of time, a facilitation technique is used whereby one participant will watch herself/himself on video while another is presenting. To facilitate this and other aspects of the program, each participant should bring:

  • Laptop computer with headphones
  • Any PowerPoint slides should be loaded on a memory stick
  • Any other audio-visual aids required for the presentation

Workshop Objective:

To develop the participants’ confidence in presenting a complete, short presentation to a group while using clear presentation structure and stories to illustrate and emphasize key points, and impactful opening and closes through onsite practice. Participants will receive expert and peer feedback as well as the opportunity to be videotaped for personal reference and feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will: 

  • Have the opportunity to apply learning from Presentation Skills: Level I
  • Possess a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Be able to engage others through genuine authenticity
  • Overcome fear through practice
  • Receive valuable peer and expert feedback on their presentations and style
  • Have been filmed for personal reference and feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

  • Identify and clarify your key message
  • Identify and learn about your audience
  • Construct your message to reach your audience
  • Presentation logistics checklist
  • Generate feedback to gauge the impact of your message

If you have any questions please contact the Step team at Please also contact us if you have a serious allergy or dietary condition at least one week prior to the workshop and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Class Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Simon Fraser University / Bennett Library / Thesis Defense Room Burnaby, BC