Becoming a successful conference presenter

Do you dream of emulating the keynote speaker at conferences?
– To be able to enter the stage confidently and with personality …
– To deliver an entertaining talk that both expounds new ideas and presents the research clearly and concisely …
– To deliver the talk that people talk about afterwards …
– To be recognised as a competent upcoming researcher and so to promote your career opportunities…
(Or are you just hoping to get through your next presentation?)

Practice is very important, but how do you find new approaches to strengthen your performance?

The Liverpool Doctoral College Development programme includes workshops and webinars to help advance your presentation techniques, with new ideas to enhance your delivery style and practice with delivery. Other sessions will help you make best use of conferences and to overcome imposter syndrome. For an overview, see the introduction provided for the Presentations section within our Communications theme.

Upcoming events focussing on presentation skills

The programme includes two workshops to help create your presentation; the first focusses one standard academic presentation formats, while the second offers an alternative approach using creative techniques that will be particularly useful to those communicating to a multi-disciplinary audience.

19-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Planning and preparing an effective Research Presentation (waiting list only)
28-Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Communicating your Research through Storytelling  

A further  two webinars offer advice and guidance for those preparing their presentations, in a discussion based format:

18-Mar 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 1 – defining your message
25-Mar 12:30 – 13:30 Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations 2 – delivery

 The half day workshop, ‘Delivering Academic Presentations’ offers direct practice in delivery with feedback from a small and friendly group:

13-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations (waiting list only)
27-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Delivering Academic Presentations (waiting list only)
26-Mar 09:30 – 12:30 Delivering Academic Presentations

NB These are repeated sessions – please book on only one date!

Posters and Conference Attendance

The following workshop can help you prepare your conference poster:

14-Feb 13:00 – 16:00 Preparing Poster presentations (waiting list only)
14-Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Preparing Poster presentations

A further  half-day workshop will help you prepare for networking at conferences and create a ‘pitch’ to talk confidently  about your research.

6 Mar 13:00 – 16:00 Effective Networking at Conferences

Online support

The DLC Development online resources includes  specific guidance to covering presentation skills, including an external video to support those preparing their first presentation:

The resources also include The Good Networking Video which offers excellent advice to help your Networking at conferences.

If you are looking for further opportunities to present your work outside your own discipline, why not try a Research Cafe?

Research Cafés

The next Research Café will be held on Thursday 14 February, 2-4pm in the Gilmour Room of the Liverpool Guild of Students. Research Cafes are an informal, safe space for PhD students to share their research and meet fellow early career researchers from across the University.  Presenting at the University’s Research Cafes is a great opportunity to receive feedback about any aspect of your research and to practice talking about your research to an audience outside of your discipline – an invaluable skill for researchers who want their work to have impact.    

Two speaking slots are available – please contact Sarah Roughley if you would like to take part on sarah13@liverpool.ac.uk  

To book on to attend the Research Cafe, please click here.   

Developing Intellectually as a researcher

How will you develop critical analysis, problem-solving and decision-making skills?

Successful research demands a wide range of skills, including skills in creative & critical thinking.  During your PhD, you must be creative in order to develop new ideas in research, deliver engaging presentations and solve problems.  Gaining confidence in creativity will also help you foster critical analysis, risk taking and decision making in order to better manage the uncertainties that surface in the research process.

Developing skills in these areas in the research environment isn’t always easy. Workshops offer an alternative space where you can learn and experiment with new ideas in a safe environment.

Coming up, we have a workshop on improvisation by Dr Ahmed Al Naher, which introduces the ‘Improv’ technique to help you in making decisions and be spontaneous and creative in your work, particularly when presenting.

24 Oct 09:30 – 12:30 Improvisation in the workplace – a tool for research

Then there are two further workshops delivered by Dr Aimee Blackledge that will help you develop as a researcher by introducing creative approaches to support you in problem solving, building confidence and starting your professional development planning.

07 Nov 13:00 – 16:30 Setting Goals for 2019
22 Nov 10:00 – 15:00 Gaining Confidence as a Researcher

You can find out more on how the LDC Development programme can help with your creative & critical thinking through our theme: Creativity & Critical thinking, which also introduces the techniques of Design Thinking and Lego® SeriousPlay®, together with further online resources to stimulate your approach in this area.