Practice Your Presentation Skills I - Kingston (April 9, 2014)

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Practice Your Presentation Skills I – Kingston, ON

When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 4:45pm (Registration begins at 8:15am SHARP)

Where: Queen's University, Robert Sutherland Hall

Room: 202

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for graduate students. 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 students who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page:


The simple truth is that people who present well in front of groups are far more likely to succeed at captivating, persuading and inspiring others, and are generally perceived as better leaders. In summary, one’s ability to present will help determine their success in business.

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts, and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills and receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Learning Outcomes

Impromptus with Impact

Learning Objective: Create a memorable introduction

Self-Introduction. Each person introduces himself or herself

State name, job, and reason for taking course. The first sentence cannot contain the words “I, me, my,” or the person’s name

Building a Presentation That Works

Learning Objective: Understand the main elements of a short speech

Understanding your audience

The Introduction

Main body, including 3 or 4 key points

Elements to include (story, examples, statistics, analogies, etc.)


Practice Session: Compose a speech based on notes prepared beforehand. Deliver it and obtain feedback.

Gestures and Body Talk

Learning Objective: Learn how gestures can amplify delivery

Amplifying your speech through body talk and gestures

Practice session: Communicating gestures from phrases written on cards

Answering Questions

Learning Objective: Understand and practice a number of techniques for handling tough questions.

What the audience expects, plus techniques for gaining time, clarifying, deflecting, etc.

Practice Session: Fielding questions from the audience

Class Date: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:00am
Queen's University, Robert Sutherland Hall
138 Union Stree
Kingston, ON