Confident Public Speaking and Communication: A tactical approach

Date & Time

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
09:30 to 12:30



Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, and Postdoctoral Fellows Office

Registration Opens

Monday, 10 May 2021 - 9:00am

This will be an interactive session where participants will be presenting in small groups and in front of the larger group. Participants will be expected to communicate through chat, video, and audio. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
•    Create impactful opening and closing statements
•    Transition between topics and ideas smoothly
•    Effectively summarize key points to maximize retention and understanding
•    Apply strategies to make slide visuals more impactful
•    Use strategies to communicate complex information simply
•    Apply virtual communication best practices


This event is being offered in conjunction with Celebrate Learning Week.  For more information about Celebrate Learning Week and other events, please click here. 


“I want to make you Batman! There is no one right way to speak, but there are tools that you can apply depending on the situation."
Ivan Wanis Ruiz is a communications expert and a guest instructor at several top universities across Canada from, UBC in the west to UofT and Bishops in the east. Ivan also works with several Fortune 500 companies across North America in industries ranging from Financial Services to Oil and Gas to Industrial Design.
When he is not teaching how to speak, he is doing it as the official spokesperson for both the PanAm Games in 2015 and The Invictus Games 2017.  He is also regularly hosting and emcee'ing large events across Canada to audience from 3 to 30000.  He is a top rated instructor on Coursera and Udemy virtual training platforms with over 150,000 students worldwide.  
When he's not speaking or teaching you can find him on the dance floor as a professional salsa dancer and instructor.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, May 10th, at 9:00 AM.

Graduate students from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to participate. 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

NOTE: Postdoctoral Fellows who would like to attend this session need to register through the Postdoctoral Fellows Office

NO-SHOW PENALTY: If you register and do not attend or cancel less than 24 hours prior, it may affect your eligibility to join future events. To avoid this no-show penalty, please cancel at least two business days in advance by e-mailing


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.