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Quick Bytes: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

The fear of public speaking ranks amongst the top fears out there. But there is hope! You can learn many foundational techniques to help you feel and appear more confident. Come learn about several such practical tips to apply to your public speaking for both in person and online presentations.

Matt Abrahams, lecturer in organizational behavior, Graduate School of Business

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Fellows Forum: Commanding the Room - Effective Q&A Skills

Going from the monologue of a presentation to the dialog of a Q&A session can be daunting and anxiety provoking. In this workshop, you will learn specific techniques that can help you confidently handle questions and the Q&A process for both in person and online presentations.

Matt Abrahams, GSB lecturer and communications coach, is presenting two workshops to help you step up your presentation skills, whether online or in-person. Check out Matt’s Think Fast, Talk Smart podcast to hear his accessible, practical advice to communicate effectively.

Quick Bytes: Connecting Over Zoom: Listening and Empathy Skills in a Socially-Distanced World

Have you found it difficult to connect with friends and colleagues over Zoom? Do you wish you could establish deep and meaningful connections even while remote? In this fast-paced and interactive workshop, Matt Vassar, the creator of the popular ENGR 103/203: Public Speaking course, will guide you through listening and empathy skills that you can practice with your friends and colleagues to form meaningful connections.

Matt Vassar, core lecturer, School of Engineering

Quick Bytes: Effective Slide Design and Delivery - Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact

Take your presentations from blasé to bold in this interactive session on slide design and delivery. You’ll learn how to avoid the most common complaints about presentation slides, practice embodiment and vocalization strategies for improving your clarity, authenticity and impact, and produce and share a few slides of your own. The techniques offered in this workshop can be used to enhance audience understanding and attention across fields.

Zandra L. Jordan, PhD, MDiv, MAT, director, Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

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