MIT Can Talk : Workshops


A series of independent workshop sessions on public speaking/oral communication will be offered at the end of IAP. They are meant to be practical and hands-on, and are open to all members of the MIT community and beyond. Come to as many or as few as you like!

No registration necessary, but a Google form was available until mid-Jan for individuals to indicate interest.This form was used to help ensure that there are enough materials, and if the workshop is moved, we have a way to inform individuals ahead of time! If for some reason, we have to limit attendance (e.g. room is too small), we will give preference to individuals who have already filled out this form.

Plus, you may win an "MIT Can Talk" Tshirt door prize! And if you attend all workshops, you will also get a Tshirt. (While supplies and availbility last. Limit of one per individual across all workshops; must be present to win in the case of a door prize.)

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Workshop Schedule

Note: subject to change and updated as details become available.

On Friday, Jan 23rd

How to Tell a Compelling Story by Jo Radner (Content)
12:30-3pm, TBD
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. Want to enter the MIT Can Talk competition but don't know what to talk about? Come to this workshop!

Using Poetry to Convey Your Message by Jaime Goldstein (Content)
3-5pm, TBD

On Saturday, Jan 24th

On Sunday, Jan 25th

Wielding Humor: Writing Humor by TBD (Content)

On Monday, Jan 26th

On Tuesday, Jan 27th

Don't Just Stand There by Tony Eng (Delivery)
3-5pm, TBD
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.

Workshop Leader Bios

Tony Eng hates writing these things. If you really want to know, there's Google and Facebook; but even better, just meet him and ask!

Jo Radner (Lovell, ME) is a storyteller, oral historian, and folklorist who has performed and taught in venues from Maine to Hawaii. Her stories favor characters whose lives defeat simple explanations; some of these are on her CD, Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People. She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network.

Last Modified: Jun 6, 2014