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Description

Presenting Technical Data & Information is a 16-hour course delivered over a 4-week period, with both online and in-person instruction. The first four sessions will be offered remotely and the last session will be delivered in person at MassBioEd’s office. This course provides biotech and life science professionals at all levels with essential communication tools, techniques, and proven approaches to share technical data and information effectively. Some individuals struggle with being too “in the weeds” or “over-explain” when communicating content, particularly to non-technical people which could result in difficulty for listeners to follow, understand and absorb the content. Presenting technical knowledge effectively, whether on your own or as part of a team, with or without visual aids such as slides, requires particular skills best gained through guidance, coaching, and practice with an experienced speech instructor and feedback from peers.

Before the first session, attendees will receive pre-work instructions to prepare a 2-minute presentation and deliver it during the first session. This initial presentation will be recorded and serve as a baseline to measure participant improvement.

The course is taught with weekly sessions featuring interactive role-playing and exercises, concluding with a final 2-minute presentation to contrast growth from the first session. MassBioEd will provide a certificate to every attendee upon successful completion of the program. 

Schedule

  1. Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM  EST (online)
  2. Friday, September 16th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM  EST (online)
  3. Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM  EST (online)
  4. Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM  EST (online)
  5. Friday, September 30th, 2022, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST (in person at MassBioEd’s office)

In-Person Instructions:

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts during the last session. Class will start at 9:00 AM. We will have breaks in between.

This course will be held online and in-person. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result (72 hours prior) will be required. All participants are required to be masked except when drinking and eating. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Agenda

Module 1-4 (Online)

Module 1:
2 Minute Presentation by Participants
4-step Outline on How to Develop a Compelling and Organized Presentation

Module 2
Understanding Listeners’ Needs

Module 3:
Verbal & Non-Verbal Confidence
Effective Delivery: Identifying “Color” Words, Strategic Pauses, Rate, and Pace

Module 4:
Best Practices for Creating and Using Visual Aids
Curate and Present Visual Aids That Support Your Message
Practice Presentation in Small Groups

Module 5-8 (In-Person)

Module 5 (9:00 AM-10:30 AM EST):
“How You Look and How You Sound”
Proper Delivery Techniques
Practicing Impromptu Speaking Skills
Handling Difficult Questions and Situations

Module 6 (10:45 AM-12:00 PM EST):
Small Group Rehearsals 

Module 7 & 8 (1:00 PM-5:00 PM EST):
Delivery of Final Presentation by Students 
Written Feedback by Coach & Other Students

Instructors

Laura Mathis
Executive Communication Coach, The Speech Improvement Company
 
Laura Mathis is also aTEDx speaker and has over 20 years of experience helping people to become more comfortable and effective communicators. Selected organizations where Laura has instructed include Harvard University, MIT, Boston Scientific, Olympus Corporation, Verge Scientific, Triumvira, as well as countless executives, directors, managers, and leaders from around the world.
 
Robin Golinski
Executive Communication Coach, The Speech Improvement Company
Robin Golinski is an energetic and accomplished coach and trainer of The Speech Improvement Company. Her intuitive and upbeat personality accentuates her insightful and practical communication skills.
 
Robin saw early on the power of storytelling and humor as effective communication tools for influencing and persuading others. Among Robin’s many accomplishments are: co-author of The Handbook of Communication Training, former Chair of the National Communication Association Training & Development division, and trainer for Harvard Schools of Medicine, Design and Engineering.
 
Robin has personally been responsible for strengthening the communication prowess of hundreds of researchers, scientists, physicians and others in the medical field at renowned companies such as C.R. Bard, Hologic, Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Acclarent, and DePuySynthes, Agios, Scipher Medicine, Foundation Medicine, Forrester Research, RallyBio, ThriveBio, DermBiont and Sanofi.
 
Robin’s formal education includes a B.S. from Oakland University. She is nationally certified from The Instructor Training Institute, and has been trained at CTI – The Coaches Training Institute. Robin is also an Infinite Possibilities certified trainer and an active member of the National Communication Association.