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Public speaking: Advanced

06 December 2021 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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This webinar is for those already adept at public speaking who wish to elevate their presentations or lectures.

You are your best representative, and “charming” the room is not the same as “charming the camera” where you have less control over what people are doing.

This session will look at presentation and public speaking skills applicable generally as well as on camera. It will cover the following areas:

  • Speaking with impact (including use of props/visual aids/exercises/NVC)
  • Structuring a presentation (including which “voice” is most effective)
  • A few words on “speaking/interviewing on camera”

This is a practical webinar session. Participants will be invited to demonstrate their skills.  Participants must have video turned on (Zoom) and be prepared to speak.

Public speaking (whether as a teacher/lecturer) or a TED talker – is a performance skill.  Yes, you may know your stuff, but if your audience doesn’t understand you, this will not only impact on their learning, but on their impression of you as well.

Confidence in presentations, and elevating what you already have is especially important when you are the representative of your work.

Presenting is part of being a researcher, it is part of being a teacher, and in many ways part of any job we will do so we may as well learn the basics.  Everyone is going to have their own style, their own approach, but there are a number of things we can manage prior to meeting our audience that will enhance and elevate anyone’s performance.

Please note: There is an introductory webinar on public speaking on 8 November.

Take a look at a Q&A session with Audrey Tang interviewed by our journalist team for the Psychologist magazine.

Target audience

This webinar is suitable for people experienced in public speaking would want to elevate their talks to a higher level to be memorable and informative. It is suitable for seasoned professionals or for anyone who has attended the introductory webinar on 8 November and would like to expand their learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Warm up (including a quick recap of the introductory session headlines:
    - vocal, articulation and breathing exercises
    - vocal range
    - posture, movement and NVC
    - Quick tips: Presenting for the camera (eg. background, slides, sitting, standing etc)
  2. Structuring a presentation
    - Open/close
    - Constructing the narrative: Key message and headlines
    - Inclusion of gimmicks and/or props
  3. Performance skills:
    - Working with genres to extend performance range
    - Awareness and feedback on NVC
    - "Owning the stage" - preparation before, during and after a presentation
  4. Presentation skills a:  Performance Identifying all (and practicing some) of the performance skills needed whether presenting offline or on!
  5. Presentation skills b:  Writing the presentation Explaining the key elements of an effective presentation – structuring an effective presentation
  6. Non-verbal communication: Identifying with feedback personal tips and ideas to improve impact in presentations (including body language, gesture, ppt, personal habits/nervous ticks/posture, movement & stance, sitting or standing, context of delivery, using props or gimmicks, setting the scene prior to presentation) – both in person and on camera
  7. Handling questions: Awareness of the impact of body language in a response, and finding time to think when a question is challenging.
  8. Presentation fears and concerns: Discussion of any worries you may have about presenting and general Q&A.

A workbook summarising the session in full will be provided.

Presenter: Presenter: Dr Audrey Tang CPsychol

Audrey is a Chartered Psychologist and award-winning author with a focus on practical self-improvement.  She is also a member of British Actor's Equity, a qualified drama teacher, and as well as directing community theatre for 30 years, you'll catch her in James Bond: Spectre (in the "Nine Eyes Convention"). In her day job she hosts the podcast 'Retrain Your Brain for Success', and The Wellbeing Lounge on NLiveRadio, presents "Psych Back to Basics" on DisruptiveTV, and is the resident psychologist on Channel 4's "Don't Diet Lose Weight", and The Chrissy B Show (Sky) the UK's only TV programme dedicated to mental health and wellbeing. She regularly offers expert comment as a psychologist through TV, Radio and published media and is a Keynote speaker for conferences and events.


Start: 11:00

Finish: 13:00

Price £80.00 (£ 66.67 + VAT)
Society member £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note:
1. Online bookings will close at 11:00 on the day of the webinar.

2. A Zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to everyone registered on the webinar day.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button. When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the webinar.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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