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Connecting With Your Audience, Delivering Your Best
John Bandler, Rachelle Ho, Michelle Ogrodnik, and Daniel Tajik

Your ability to inspire and engage broad audiences beyond your usual “captive” technical and academic audiences is vital but challenging. To kindle curiosity and to fire up your non-specialist online “virtual” or video viewers with your research is harder still. Transferrable to virtually any professional career path, however, these communication skills become lifetime assets.

We address the art of presenting complex research to general audiences, suggesting do’s and don’ts, with a focus on brief, one-minute, and three-minute presentations: pre-recorded, virtual or in person.

The disorienting “virtual” medium we face daily is fraught with technical and physical limitations, surprises, and wrong assumptions, easily leading you astray, e.g., from a professional posture; you are subject to a physical disconnect from your audience and slides. Via this medium or delivering your video to any screen, you beg comparison with professionally produced content.

We discuss storytelling, first impressions, citation, subtext, authenticity, articulation, slide design, script design, staging, stage presence, respecting your audience, and avoiding various traps and pitfalls. Through diverse case studies, including a Q&A with 3MT® winners and finalists online from Canada, the US, and the UK, we aim to give you the tools and strategies to deliver your best.

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Feb 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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