UCITE Seminar for Thursday, July 24: Presentation Skills

Being able to give good presentations is an important skill. Apart from simply being a way to influence how other people view you, preparing a good presentation helps to sharpen one's ideas, be more concise and pointed in one's message, and improve one's awareness of the power of language to persuade. The ability to make a good presentation is a valuable skill for any student or academic, both in terms of teaching and giving conference talks.

As the fall semester approaches, this may be a good time to think about the course that you will teach then. Whether you are teaching a new course or repeating one from previous years, it is good to think carefully about how best to structure (or restructure) it in order to obtain the best results.

During this UCITE session, Sarah de Swart (from UCITE) will discuss some of the central elements that go into making good presentations, such as voice and body language. We will also try to tackle some of the presentation challenges raised by the group. Using a round table method, we will identify the most common issues for faculty and share strategies for success.

Sarah will draw upon her prior experience as a professional actress to illustrate how some of the skills used in improvisational theater (which involves interactions similar to those found in the classroom) can be adapted by professors for their own use. Sarah has been advising CWRU faculty on an individual basis on how to improve their presentations.

Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at this session. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend each session by emailing us at ucite@case.edu.