Grad Slam Public Speaking Workshops - January 27 through March 26

Submitted on January 27, 2020

UPDATE: March 26 Workshop is Zoom only

The Grad Slam public speaking worhsop series focuses on how to utilize the COMPASS Message Box for public speaking and communication of research and the importance of outreach or creative projects. Communication strategies from other sources such as Toastmasters, theatre, and journalism will be incorporated into the workshop series. Two sessions of each topic will be offered. In-person and online attendance is available. Register for the workshops at

Full schedule

Intro to the Message Box and focusing on defining one's Audience and Issue

  • January 27, 5 PM to 6 PM
  • January 30, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn about the Message Box technique as a communication tool. Following the overview, attendees will take a deeper dive into the first two sections of the Message Box: defining one's Audience and the Issue(s) one's work addresses.

Communicating the Problem and Answering the So What Question

  • February 3, 5 PM to 6 PM (Zoom Only)
  • February 6, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn about strategies for communicating to a diverse audience the problem(s) their work addresses and strategies for communicating the importance of their work a.k.a. answering the "So What?" question.

Communicating Benefits and Solutions to Your Audience

  • February 10, 5 PM to 6 PM
  • February 13, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn about ways to identify the benefits and solutions of their work for a variety of audiences. The workshop will also explore how to connect benefits and solutions to each other and to other parts of one's Message Box.

Crafting a Memorable Message

  • February 17, 5 PM to 6 PM
  • February 20, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn strategies for making presentations to diverse audiences memorable and will have an opportunity to get feedback on ideas they have for their next presentation.

Visual Design Considerations

  • February 24, 5 PM to 6 PM
  • February 27, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn strategies for visual design of slides and related visual aids for oral presentations.

Presenting with Confidence and Effective Use of Body Language and Vocal Variety

  • March 2, 5 PM to 6 PM
  • March 5, 12 PM to 1 PM

Attendees will learn how to mitigate presentation anxiety and strategies for using body language and vocal variety.

Presentation Run-Throughs and Feedback - UPDATE: New title "Strategies for Eliciting Useful Feedback"

  • March 23, 5 PM to 6:30 PM - CANCELLED
  • March 26, 12 PM to 1:30 PM - NEW TIME: 12 PM to 1 PM ZOOM ONLY

Explore evaluative and non-evaluative feedback strategies to get the feedback you desire for your presentations. This workshop will be a mix of exploring what feedback strategies work best for you and testing them out through activities.