Jeffrey Hanson To Offer Second Workshop on How to Captivate an Audience with Your Research Story
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 10:57AM
By Shawn Warner-Garcia, Program Coordinator in grad student, graduate student, jeffrey hanson, presentation, uc santa barbara, ucsb, workshop

Credit: ImagineCupYou love your research. Can you make others love it (and understand it), too?

Jeffrey Hanson will be leading a workshop that focuses on a story-based approach to presenting that works with virtually any research topic or discipline. While this approach is adaptable for nearly any audience, purpose, and time frame, we will focus most of our attention on shorter presentations for non-specialist audiences (such as The Grad Slam). Join us for a hands-on experience and step-by-step perspective to crafting your presentation. 

Jeffrey Hanson has been teaching various forms of written and oral communication to grads and undergrads at UCSB and universities abroad for the past 25 years. He has also given hundreds of presentations in 8 countries during that time and struggled mightily early on. Now, after many hours of presentation research, observation, and practice, he recommends a relatively simple approach that draws upon key elements of effective communication going back thousands of years. His mentors include contemporary pathfinders like Nancy Duarte (Resonate) and Garr Reynolds (Presentation Zen) and Jean-luc Doumont (Trees, Map, and Theorems).

Captivating an Audience with Your Research Story

Monday, March 7

2-3:30 p.m.

SRB Multipurpose Room

*RSVP here*

This event is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs. To RSVP for the workshop, please follow the link above.

Participants should bring a presentation topic (real or potential) to the workshop and be prepared for pen-on-paper effort in an interactive environment. Writing materials will be provided, and follow-up resources will be available via a workshop-dedicated website. Light refreshments will also be provided.

This workshop is a great resource for those interested in participating in The Grad Slam. Don't forget to register today!

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