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Thursday English Afternoons (T.E.A.)

Join us on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm in the Hume Center (Building 250 - Room 102).

The Hume Center’s oral communication and writing tutors are available to support general conversation skills. They offer tips on cross-cultural differences including American idioms, basic skills in communicating in class, and an introduction to academic speaking. You’ll have the opportunity to refine your English skills by talking with tutors and other multilingual learners.

Fellows Forum: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common phobias, but there is hope. There are many foundational techniques you can learn to help you feel and appear more confident. Come learn about several practical tips to apply to your public speaking.

Matt Abrahams, lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business

Read more about Matt

This interactive workshop will be followed by refreshments and networking.

Lunchtime Learning - Distilling your Research

Do you find it hard to answer the question "what do you do?" In this interactive workshop you will learn how to explain your research in a simple way that you can then tailor for different audiences and purposes — elevator pitches, interviews, posters, presentations, grant applications, research papers, and more.A free lunch will be served at 11:45 AM; presentation follows at 12:00 PM

Fellows Forum: Speaking to Expert Audiences

Learn practical and effective presentation strategies for conferences, job talks, and many other speaking venues in this information-packed session, presented by one of our campus experts.

John Boothroyd, associate vice provost, VPGE, and professor, Microbiology and Immunology

This interactive workshop will be followed by refreshments and networking.

Fellows Forum is designed for early-stage doctoral students but is open to all enrolled graduate students. Space is limited. If over-enrolled, priority will be given to SGF and NSF Fellows.

Breakfast Bytes: Improvisation for Communication

Learn improvisational theater techniques to enhance communication skills for collaboration, mentoring, day-to-day conversations, presentations, or job searches. *Note*: this is a highly participatory workshop involving a lot of movement around the room and interaction with other grad students.

Annelies Ransomeassociate director of operations, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

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Quick Bytes: Improvisation for Communication

Learn improvisational theater techniques to enhance communication skills for collaboration, mentoring, day-to-day conversations, presentations, or job searches. *Note*: this is a highly participatory workshop involving a lot of movement around the room and interaction with other grad students.

Annelies Ransome, associate director of operations, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Read Annelies' Bio

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 then 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

Fellows Forum: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out

The fear of public speaking ranks amongst the top fears out there. But there is hope as there are many foundational techniques you can learn to help you feel and appear more confident. Come learn about several such practical tips to apply to your public speaking.

Matt Abrahams, lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business

Read more about Matt

This interactive workshop will be followed by refreshments and networking.

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.

Matt Abrahams, lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business

Read more about Matt

Open to SGF and NSF Fellows. Registration link and event details will be provided in the invitation. 

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