Practice Your Presentation Skills I

Date & Time

Thursday, 31 January 2019
09:00 to 17:00


Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Training

Registration Closed / Past Event


*This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training. Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.

In this one-day workshop, theory is introduced in short bursts and participants spend the majority of time practicing their presentation skills while receiving onsite feedback.

The focus on extensive practice and feedback is what makes the program meaningful, and is what makes the learning stick.

Workshop Objective

To create opportunities for participants to build and practice their presentation skills by applying workshop concepts through a series of short presentation practices while receiving in-person peer and expert feedback.

Learning Outcomes

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will: 

  • Broaden their understanding of presentation logistics
  • Gain a greater ability to persuade and motivate others
  • Understand how to plan and structure presentations
  • Understand how (and how not to) use visual aids
  • Learn to engage others through genuine and authentic presentation
  • Learn tools to overcome and manage fears of public speaking
  • Gain onsite practice and receive expert and peer feedback
  • Be perceived as an expert in their topic area

Key Topic Areas

Presentation Structure

  • Types Of Presentations
  • Mind maps as a design tool
  • Constructing your Argument  
  • Opening & closing
  • Synthesis  
  • Body
  • Length & Breaks
  • Closing
  • Q & A 

Managing Fear

  • Why people fear presenting
  • Overcoming Fear

Engaging Your Audience

  • Authenticity
  • Developing rapport 
  • Body language & Voice
  • Questioning the audience
  • Story-telling
  • Metaphors
  • Humour

Presentation Logistics

  • Room Layout
  • Getting there early
  • Whiteboards & Flipcharts   
  • Visual Aids
  • Presentation Practice


Dene Rossouw, Associate, Kwela Leadership and Talent Management. Dene has over 17 years of facilitation and consulting experience in the communications field, and has been an integral part of the Mitacs Step program since 2008. He specializes in improving leadership and employee engagement through effective communication and sensemaking. As an innovative communicator, Dene coaches leaders on how to have more relevant conversations in the workplace and how to use personal power to inspire action and develop strategic partnerships. Dene has 18 years of facilitation and consulting experience in the field of communications. He is the VP for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, a certified executive Coach through Royal Roads University, and a certified emotional intelligence facilitator using the BarOn Emotional Intelligence Quotient Inventory - EQ-i™. He has the Associate Certificate in Workplace Conflict from the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Theology from the University of South Africa.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, January 21 at 9:00am.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. Priority will be given to UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail

Non-UBC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows wanting to register should e-mail after the registration open date/time stated above.

NO-SHOW FEE: No-shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no-show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 2 business days in advance by e-mailing If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged.


If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.