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Tue 30 May, Tue 6 Jun 2023
09:30 - 12:30

Venue: Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Provided by: Postdoc Academy


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Postdoc Academy Workshop: Public Speaking, Presentations and Pitches

Tue 30 May, Tue 6 Jun 2023


Powerful presentation skills can be critical in winning support for your ideas, establishing partnerships, spreading your message, or simply getting a job.

This highly interactive workshop series covers the secrets of public speaking, from a compelling opening and the magic of storytelling, to the effective use of body language and interactions to help your talk come alive.

The two half-day workshops will include:

The Essentials of Presentations

  • How to open well and impress from the outset.
  • Crafting an ending that leaves your words ringing in the ears of an audience.
  • Being clear on your narrative for concise and effective storytelling.
  • Adapting your message for any audience.


  • How much information to put on a slide.
  • Effective use of images.
  • Elegant use of data to convince rather than overwhelm.

The Magic of Storytelling

  • The impact of stories over facts.
  • How to tell a compelling story.
  • The pillars of persuasion - credibility, emotion and logic.

Advanced Presentation Skills

  • How to use character, authenticity and body language to your advantage.
  • Turning your talk into a captivating dialogue.
  • Using signposting and soundbites to make your most important points stand out.
  • Dealing with nerves.
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Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 30 May 2023   09:30 - 12:30 09:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room map Simon Hall
2 Tue 6 Jun 2023   09:30 - 12:30 09:30 - 12:30 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room map Simon Hall

Two half-day workshops

About the facilitator

This workshop will be facilitated by Simon Hall.

Simon is a Course Lead on the Compelling Communication Skills course by Cambridge Advance Online, a Senior Research Associate at Jesus College Intellectual Forum, and owner of Creative Warehouse communication agency.

He has published a series of books on communication, and previously worked as a broadcaster for 20 years.


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