"Effective Presentation Skills"

Great presenters aren't born, they are made! Being an effective presenter takes training, practice, and feedback! On Wednesday, March 21 from 1-5 PM, just prior to the start of the 2012 BEM, Florida's Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE-FL) will sponsor a workshop on the qualities of a great presentation. The workshop will highlight many of the topics and themes covered in COSEE-FL's Presentation Boot Camp, a two-day workshop designed to help scientists prepare presentations that communicate messages more clearly and with a lasting impact on the audience. Attendees of the BEM workshop will also receive training in the use and application of a protocol for critiquing and evaluating scientific presentations. Participants will be encouraged to use the protocol throughout the BEM and will have the opportunity to have their own BEM presentation evaluated.

Who Should Attend: Everyone: Graduate Students, Post-docs, Research Scientists. Anyone interested in improving their presentation skills - or the presentation skills of others, especially faculty who mentor/advise graduate students and post-docs.

What Should You Bring: Energy, an open, creative mind.

What Shouldn't You Bring: A laptop. You won't need it - it's an "analog" workshop.

Why Do It: To learn what it takes to be a great presenter. To gain a competitive advantage (better job talks, seminars, class lectures). To practice critiquing science presentations and providing constructive, structured feedback to others.

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Date: March 21, 2012
Time: 1-5 PM
Cost: FREE
Place: Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel (room to be announced later)
Capacity: 30
Facilitator: Dr. Rick Tankersley is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. A leader in the field of marine science education and public outreach, Rick leads 2-day COSEE-FL workshops for ocean scientists aimed at improving the communication of ocean research to non-scientific audiences and broadening the impact of ocean science research by developing quality outreach education. A long-time BEM participant, his research focuses on the ecology, physiology and behavior of marine crustaceans, particularly processes mediating recruitment, settlement and metamorphosis.

To Register for the Workshop: Go to the BEM Registration page, log on, and complete the section on "Workshops". Space in workshops is limited and is first-come, first serve.

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