MIT Can Talk : Workshops

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!

Scientific Storytelling: Deliver Your Speech Using Narrative Analytics by Rafael Luna (Content)
3:30-6pm, TBD
Science can often be difficult to communicate well. Learn how to communicate scientific concepts in a clear and compelling fashion using the elements of narrative craft.

On Saturday, Jan 24th

Voice and Presence: A Crash Course by Keely Eastley(Delivery)
3-5pm, TBD
If you are a public speaker content is not enough. Do you excite your audience? Do you really talk to them, not at them? See them and be seen by them. These are vital skills in public speaking. You'll get a taste of these in this workshop.

On Sunday, Jan 25th

Wielding Humor: Writing Humor by Dana Jay Bein (Content)
1-4pm?, TBD
Sponsored by the De Florez Fund for Humor
Humor can liven up any speech. While no one can be "taught" to be funny, it sure helps to be able to use comedy within all forms of communication. In this workshop, you will learn some ideas for how to incorporate elements into a what would otherwise be boring and uninteresting speech or presentation. Come and "find your funny." Squares encouraged to attend!

On Monday, Jan 26th

On Tuesday, Jan 27th

Your Presence in Space by Anna Kohler (Delivery)
1-3pm, Walker Memorial, Rm 201
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.

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

Dana Jay Bein has been performing stand up, improv and sketch comedy for over ten years. Hundreds have learned his approach to stand up comedy at ImprovBoston and the Boston Center for Adult Education where he has implemented his stand-up comedy curriculum. His unique marriage of improv skills and stand up techniques sets his performance and teaching styles apart from the industry standards. Every Sunday night, you can see him hosting, performing and co-producing ImprovBoston's Stand Up Sundays with co-producer Maria Ciampa. Dana's comedic talent has been chosen for comedy festivals locally (Lowell Comedy Festival, MA), nationally (DC Comedy Festival) and internationally (Toronto International Improv Festival) and his stand up classes were tapped for Camprov 2009.

Keely Eastley is a Linklater Designated voice teacher who apprenticed with Master Teacher Kristin Linklater. She began teaching in 1987 and has been on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, NYU, Syracuse University, Circle-in-the-Square, Classic Stage Co., Trinity Rep. and Shakespeare and Company, where she is a senior faculty member. Internationally, she was head of Voice and Movement at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. While in Aotearoa (New Zealand), she also worked with the students at Takitimu, the school for traditional Maori performing arts. As a voice and text coach, she has coached shows at Yale Rep, The New York Public Theater and Shakespeare and Company. Currently she is teaching at MIT and Boston Conservatory.

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!

Dr. Rafael E. Luna is the author of The Art of Scientific Storytelling, and the CEO of Luna Scientific Storytelling LLC. He was named as a 2015 Keystone Symposia Fellow on Molecular and Cellular Biology, and continues to perform biomedical research at Harvard Medical School. He has taught his Scientific Storytelling method to a wide range of scientific audiences from undergraduate to faculty level in the U.S. and Europe.

Anna Kohler laid the foundation for her work as a director and performer in Europe, where she studied acting and directing at the Conservatory for Art and Drama, the Mozarteum, in Salzburg, and later received her degree in Acting and Aesthetic Studies at the Universite IIIV Vincennes, Paris, after studying mime with Etienne Decroux. Since joining the New York experimental theater scene in 1983, she has worked on stage with playwrights and directors like Stuart Sherman, John Jesurun, Richard Foreman, Fiona Templeton, and Werner Herzog, working alongside actors like Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Jr, Willem Dafoe and Ron Vawter of the Wooster Group, and as a solo performer. Most recently, she has toured throughout Europe with the critically acclaimed play "Ode to the Man Who Kneels". She appeared in movies by Jonathan Demme, Peter Sellars, and Hal Hartley. As a director, she has conceived and directed plays that were shown in Salzburg, Kiel (Germany), Sao Paulo, and - of course - in New York. As a teacher, she has taught workshops all over the world.

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. www.joradner.com/


Last Modified: Jun 6, 2014