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Finding Your Research Voice Workshop

November 3, 2018

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Event Series Event Series: Finding Your Research Voice Workshop

This workshop is to intensively work your research presentation. Invest two days to hone your engaging research story. Must attend both sessions.

Time: 9 am to 4 pm Friday and Saturday, with an hour lunch break each day on your own. Must attend both days. 225 Riley Rob Hall 

To register, please notify gradcareers@cornell.edu and provide your Cornell NetID. This way you can tell us when you started your degree/training at Cornell, what field you are in, and if you need any accommodation.

This opportunity is open to all PhD students and postdocs, with preference given to those who are ready to present their research. This workshop is open to every doctoral field including social sciences, humanities and arts disciplines.

Learning to tell a compelling research story can have a significant impact on your career. It can make you stand out at professional conferences, on the job market, or during an ideal networking opportunity. It is easy to tell a research story badly. We provide specific presentation ideas and field tested exercises that will help you improve your research talk. Once you’ve learned how to create a dynamic live performance of your research story, you may come to enjoy presenting your research in public.

This two-day (12h) workshop is designed for doctoral students and postdocs who are interested in an immersion to improve their research communication skills. As the BEST Program is going university-wide, we are testing this workshop to be inclusive of social sciences, arts and humanities fields, so please feel free to enroll as well if you are from one of these disciplines.

Learning outcomes:

Creating a Core Message
Applying the Dramatic Arc
Connecting with Your Audience
Expressing Passion for Your Research
Finding a Great Beginning
Chaptering Your Story
Signaling the End
Improving Your Voice
Controlling Your Body Language
Incorporating Gesture Effectively

Homework for the BEST Workshop

Wondering about when to submit this homework? Put it this way: do you think the instructors will be able to review them all the day before? The sooner you upload, the more tailored the instruction will be relative to your needs.

Record your 10 minute research talk and upload it to a Cornell Box folder we will create for participants (it can be a link to Vimeo or YouTube if you have a previously recorded talk) and alert Itai Cohen (itai.cohen@cornell.edu) and Melanie Dreyer-Lude (Melanie@melaniedreyer.com) once you do. We will review your talk, speak about what we see during the workshop, and offer concrete tips for improvement.
Your 10 minute talk should cover something you would present at a conference, perhaps in a longer format. An hour long talk is often comprised of three separate but linked 10 minute talks. Choose the research idea that you are most passionate about as the subject for your talk. It’s OK to submit a previously recorded clip.

Create a 1 minute (approximate) Elevator Pitch of your core research message. It should include who you are, what you do, what you’ve found, and why it is important.
This is a short persuasive speech about you and your work. It should last no longer than an elevator ride (30 seconds to 1 minute) and should be carefully crafted to maximize both information and interest during short encounters with important contacts.

An elevator pitch is a 3-4 sentence summary of the main point of your talk.

Identify the problem and why it is so important.
Explain why this has not yet been solved.
Explain how you will solve and why you are the person to do it.
We will use your Elevator Pitch to hone your core message and to work on your performance skills.

You may write it down and email it to us ahead of time, if you would like feedback prior to the workshop.

Taught by:

Itai Cohen, Professor of Physics
Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Associate Professor, Coordinator BA/BS in Theatre Studies, Department of Theatre and Dance, Missouri State University

Location:  TBD


November 3, 2018
Event Category:


Careers - Academic, Careers - Non-Academic
Focus Area
Build Your Skills
Transferable Skills
Careers Beyond Academia