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IAP 2012 Activity

MIT Can Talk: Workshop Series
Dr. Tony L. Eng
No enrollment limit, no advance sign up
Participants welcome at individual sessions (series)

Many great thinkers of the past, the so called "Renaissance Men", excelled in both Engineering/Science and Exposition/Rhetoric/Oration. There is no reason why the MIT engineers and scientists of today, the creative men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow, cannot do so as well. "MIT Can Talk" promotes campus-wide awareness of good oral communication skills. It consists of: (1) a series of independent workshop sessions on public speaking/oral communication, followed by (2) a speaking competition. The workshops are open to the MIT community, but the contest is open only to MIT undergraduates and MEng students.

The various workshops address different aspects of speaking and oral communication. They are meant to be practical and hands-on. Sometimes, audience volunteers will be asked to participate in a demonstration; preference will be given to those who have entered the speaking competition.

Check out the website for the most updated information on the workshops and competition!
Web: http://web.mit.edu/~tleng/www/mitcantalk/main.html
Contact: Dr. Tony L. Eng, mitcantalk@mit.edu
Sponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Speak and Be Heard
Keely Eastley
Have you ever spoken in a crowd and no one seemed to notice? Do you plan to speak boldly but it falls short of your desired effect? Come and experience the power of your voice and leave with some useful tools.
Thu Jan 26, 01-03:00pm, 50-201

Bringing Words to Life
Dr. Tony L. Eng
When you are reading to an audience, you have access to the text, but the audience doesn't. What are some things that you can do, related to diction and expressiveness, that will help your audience better parse and understand the text? Come found out!
Thu Jan 26, 03:30-05:00pm, 32-124

You Know What I Mean?
Yaniv Erlich
With public speaking, you usually know what ideas/words you want to express/say (the lyrics), but you have to come up with "the music" to express them. This workshop is all about this music, and how the vocal choices you make can intentionally, or unintentionally, add extra dimensions of color, emotion and meaning to your words.
Fri Jan 27, 01-02:30pm, 4-153

Use of Space
Mark Herschberg
All the world's a stage... but some have podiums, others tables; some a big and in front, others are in the middle and at the same level as the audience. What if there's no podium to hide behind? Does where I stand matter? In this workshop we'll learn how to incorporate space in our presentations to add another dimension to public speaking.
Fri Jan 27, 03:30-04:30pm, 4-153

Mental Models
Mark Herrschberg
World class athletes know mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation. The same is true for world class public speakers. In this workshops we'll look at techniques to mentally prepare, and put yourself in the right mental state to deliver. This includes both mental models for success as well as techniques to help with the jitters.
Fri Jan 27, 04:30-05:30pm, 4-153

Wielding Humor
Kevin Duda
While no one can be "taught" to be funny, it sure helps to be able to identify, categorize and use comedy within all forms of communication. In this workshop, you will learn tips on how to best incorporate humor into a speech and be able to work on your feet in a realtime environment. Come and "find your funny." Squares encouraged to attend.
Mon Jan 30, 01-03:00pm, 32-144

The Performance Aspect of Storytelling
Kevin Brooks
The narrative approach of storytelling is a great way to reach an audience. But it's not enough just to relate a story - how do you get an audience to feel something, think and respond? This is the performance aspect of storytelling. Come find out! (Kevin Brooks is also giving another IAP workshop on storytelling, so check out the guide for more information!)
Mon Jan 30, 04-06:00pm, 32-144

Stage Presence
Janet Sonenberg
Some individuals can walk onto stage or into the room, and command an audience's attention without saying a word. This hands-on workshop will address stage presence -- how to be comfortable and confident, have good posture and poise, and manage nerves and anxiety. Standing in front of an audience will no longer be the same!
Tue Jan 31, 01-03:00pm, 32-124

How to be Strong on Stage No Matter What You Do
Mimi Goese
This workshop studies how to be versatile, confident and powerful on stage, in a lecture hall, in front of a camera or any demanding experience in life. (See website for more details!)
Tue Jan 31, 03-06:00pm, 32-124
Latest update: 19-Dec-2011

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