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Public Speaking for Graduate Students: About This Guide

This Libguide is based on the Public Speaking Development Conference for Graduate Students, held on June 28th, 2013

Welcome public speakers!

The contents of this guide were based on a day-long conference at Cornell for graduate students that took place June 28th, 2013.  The focus was on public speaking and professional development skills.  Here are things to think about when looking through each tab:

Warming up/Yoga: Do you get nervous before presenting?  Does anxiety send you into a pre-presenting tailspin?  Does networking in a crowded room make you want to run for the door?  Simple yoga techniques can help ease your jitters, make you feel more confident and help find your inner voice.  Check them out - no pretzel positions required!

Improvisation:  If you've ever seen an improv comedy routine, you might wonder "How do these people come up with these sorts of sayings?"  Many of the same practices can be used when fielding questions in an interview, a presentation or in a conversation with someone who is difficult to communicate with.

Elevator Speeches:  Quick!  You're in an elevator and the person sharing the car with you asks "What do you do for a living?"  You have 30-90 seconds (or until the next stop) to give an answer and have the person understand exactly what you are talking about.  The exercises on that tab will help you figure it all out.

Business Meal Etiquette:  Going to a fancy restaurant with colleagues can be intimidating.  Present your best manners with these etiquette tips to show your best self and keep it professional over dinner

Powerful Presentations:  Keep you audience from being bored with your slides and focusing on what you're saying.  Our Visual Resources librarians show you how.

Professional Fashion 101:  Believe it or not, our clothes speak for us and send a message as to what we're all about.  Decipher between what is business casual, formal and casual (but presentable) and how to dress when. 

All these components fit in with the scholarly communication record - disseminating research post-publication.  Researchers will all have to present their findings and theses, network with colleagues and potential employers or clients and truly embody what it is they study within their own communication style.  

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Jill Wilson
Mann Library
(formerly at 315A Malott Hall, Mathematics Library)