This workshop for PhD students delivered through SULSA offered participants the opportunity to learn how to speak clearly and confidently about their work and why it matters, in ways that can engage varied audiences, especially those outside their own field. The session was fast-paced, interactive and informal to encourage active participation and to ensure everyone was felt comfortable practising their presentation skills. Participants were given a series of hands on exercises to explore a range of flexible and engaging techniques to deliver their message.
One simple, but valuable, outcome of the workshop was that students became confident responding to the question “What do you do?” by developing and practising their personal elevator pitch. The workshop used specific examples relevant to the PhD students’ areas of research which helped to demonstrate real-world utility in the concepts they learned throughout the day.
What participants said:
“Great that it was so interactive. Really kept our attention!”
“The pace of delivery was great – the time really flew by!”
“The workshop flowed very well and I especially enjoyed the interactive side of things.”
“Very good session. Loved the large proportion of team work.”