Part of your success in defending your thesis will depend on your ability to present yourself and your research effectively and confidently. Becoming an effective and confident presenter can be learned through practice and feedback. As well, there are some basic skills and techniques that will help you in any presentation situation.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Graduate Pathways to Success and UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) both offer workshops that may help with your presentation skills. Workshops can provide participants with tips and techniques that will help them present effectively and confidently, and some workshops will give you the opportunity to practice your presentation skills and get feedback on them in a supportive environment.