Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions
A series of open and independent workshop sessions on public speaking/oral communications meant to be practical and hands-on. No registration; come to as many as you like.
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Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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No matter how brilliant your speaking may be, if you are not reaching the specific audience in the room your presentation will be poorly received. In this workshop we'll talk about observing body language and adapting on the fly as well as targeting your talk to the audience you expect to have (rather than the one you might like)! Be ready to be an emotional audience member!
No one can be "taught" to be funny, comedy helps in all forms of communication. learn tips on incorporating humor into a speech, how to feel out your audience, how to employ certain techniques (e.g. timing, switches, setup/punchline/tag-on, callbacks, combinations, etc), and how to be able to work on your feet in a realtime environment. Come and "find your funny." Squares encouraged to attend.
Narrative and storytelling are as old as human society. In this workshop, you will develop narratives using a visual approach to storytelling that integrates complex systems, metaphor and storytelling in order to communicate a core message that connects with a target audience in a compelling way. Join us.
V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai
This workshop explores the roles and influences that various nonverbal behaviors have on effective speaking. Through various demonstrations and activities, we will discover the power of eye contact, movement/use of space, and gestures as they relate to engaging and influencing the audience.
Using the tools that speechwriters use when writing for someone else to help you write speeches for yourself.
Nothing grabs audience attention and imagination so strongly as a well-told story. This workshop will teach you how to tell a story so that people really listen: what to include, how to shape it, and how to keep every moment compelling.
What does the audience remember after a one hour presentation? Probably only a few key points from your talk, a memorable quote and a detail or two about you. So you better make sure that the things they take home are the ones that are important to you. This workshop is about what you want you audience to remember and how to make that happen.
Expressive. Synonyms: Animated, Sensitive, Open, Easy-to-read, Dramatic.
Antonyms: Impassive, Emotionless, Blank, Expressionless, Inexpressive, Unrevealing
Which would you rather listen to? Which way would you rather speak?
Wear loose clothing.
Dynamic speakers are vocally energetic, but they should be physically energetic as well. Learn some ideas for how to more effectively utilize your room during a speaking engagement.
An effective confident speaker is more than just physically "there" -- they are present, they are in the moment, they take up space. Learn how to find and fill both the space within you and the space immediately around you, so that you can be yourself in front of an audience. Wear loose clothing conducive for physical movement.
I clunod't bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty cummicontae waht I was rdnaieg! How do you read without reading? Not so differently than reading that first sentence. Explore how to "take the words off the page", while continuing to make a connection with your partner/audience. Covering keywording, phrasing, text analysis and even some helpful writing hints we will perfect the art of the "cold read".