Presentation skills and vocal power workshop

Friday, 30 October, 2015

NCCR SwissMAP is organizing a one-day workshop on presentation skills for young researchers on October 30 in Geneva. The workshop will be lead by Elena Kaufman - lecturer, director and stage performer. She will show how to overcome stress and nerves before giving a talk, how to best use body language and maintain eye contact during a talk, how to use and protect your voice, and other techniques helpful for presenting your work in a clear and confident way.

We encourage PhD students and postdocs to take part in this event. Participation is free for members of the SwissMAP research groups. The number of places is limited. For more information and to register, contact the SwissMAP office.

The program of the workshop is as follows.

MORNING session: physical presence and preparation
9:00 - 9:30

Introductions, objectives, needs assessment


  • Overcome stress and nerves before a talk
  • Use effective body language and gestures to communicate clearly
  • Project your voice and make yourself heard
  • Increase your awareness of how others see and hear you
  • Speak in public with greater confidence and authority
9:30 - 10:30

Preparation for public speaking – the breath

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Breathing exercises
  • Centering, grounding & posture
10:30 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 12:30

Preparation for public speaking – confident body language

  • Grim and gorgeous gestures
  • Eye contact and focus
  • “Our bodies change our minds” (TED talk)
AFTERNOON session: vocal power
1:30 - 3:00

Voice training

  • Exercises for articulation, volume, intonation, pitch
  • V.O.I.C.E. techniques for vocal variety
  • Recording session with evaluation
3:00 - 3:30

Voice protection

  • Recording session continued
  • Tips to protect your voice at a conference; dealing with voice loss
3:30 - 3:45 BREAK
3:45 - 5:00

Walking the walk, talking the talk

  • Presentation and practice with filming and feedback sessions
5:00 - 5:15

Taking it home

  • Personal goal setting
  • Course evaluation
  • Tools for the future (resources)