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Mitacs Training Course: Practice Your Presentation Skills I

Thu. Feb. 13 09:00 AM - Thu. Feb. 13 05:00 PM
Contact: MITACS
Location: Graduate Student Association Lounge - University of Manitoba

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

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

Course Objective:

To create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying course concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

Learning Outcomes:

Through completing this course, participants will: 

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas:

Presentation Structure

  • Types Of Presentations
  • Mind maps as a design tool
  • Constructing your Argument  
  • Opening & closing
  • Synthesis  
  • Body
  • Length & Breaks
  • Closing
  • Q & A 

Managing Fear

  • Why people fear presenting
  • Overcoming Fear

Engaging Your Audience

  • Authenticity
  • Developing rapport 
  • Body language & Voice
  • Questioning the audience
  • Story-telling
  • Metaphors
  • Humour

Presentation Logistics

  • Room Layout
  • Getting there early
  • Whiteboards & Flipcharts   
  • Visual Aids
  • Presentation Practice


Register online using the Mitacs EDGE Platform: https://edge-reg.mitacs.ca/