The Power of Persuasion: A Public Speaking Workshop [A PGE Professional Development Day]


Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Modell 100

Do you get nervous before giving a speech? Want to feel more confident while presenting? Or just want to make your presentations more interesting, rather than reading verbatim from slides?

In this workshop, persuasion researcher Jay Olson will cover the communication skills necessary to give an effective presentation. Topics include handling nervousness, enhancing clarity, improving body language, and holding the audience’s attention. These tools will help presenters engage and persuade their audiences, in both academic and business settings.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

  1. Know practical methods to deal with nervousness.
  2. Know how to engage audiences from the beginning of your speech.
  3. Be able to identify strengths and weaknesses in presenters, including yourself.

Speaker Bio:

Jay Olson, M.Sc., is a Visiting Fellow at the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University and a Ph.D. Candidate in Psychiatry at McGill University.  He studies suggestion and effective persuasion.  In 2018, he won First Place in North America at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) public speaking competition.  Jay helps companies, organizations, and students apply the science of public speaking to become more persuasive, engaging, and confident speakers.

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