Thursday March 1
Communicating Your Research to Humans
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PCL Learning Lab 1A&B

The Graduate School presents the Merlin Works Institute for Improvisation. Merlin Works will provide two workshops for graduate students with a focus on Communicating Your Research to Humans. Please RSVP here.

Presentation Works: Communicate Your Research To Humans 

Traditionally, most people prepare for presentations by going over what they want to say, how they want to say it, and making sure everything is perfectly rehearsed. At Merlin Works we offer an alternative method. Instead of starting with what you want to say, we start with the audience. What are they interested in? What do they understand already? How can we communicate with them in a way that is easy for them to understand while leaving them with a message that sticks? In delivery, we focus on presence and authenticity, with a splash of some fake-it-till you make it confidence, allowing people to let go of the script and learn how to be in the moment with their audience and make real connections. With Presentation Works, a program from Merlin Works we help you gain the tools needed to succeed in front of the board room, auditorium, or camera today. In this invigorating and interactive session, learn to prepare your presentation—along with your body and voice—for speaking, don’t get thrown by the unexpected, project confidence, and act like an expert (even when you have no idea what’s happening.)

Learning Objectives

• Reducing jargon and use every day language

• Ordering information based on what the listener most wants to hear

• Gain awareness of the Curse of Knowledge

• Use story to make your ideas understandable and memorable

• Use vivid language, specifics and emotion to create impact

• Find metaphors and analogies to explain complex models and situations