Course Descriptions

 

Transforming Technical Presentations

Half-day, One-day, Two-day Courses Available | Max. 75, 50, 20 Participants

In this era of infinite content, cutting through clutter to provide a clear and engaging message sets you apart. Christine's signature course provides the building blocks for scientists and engineers to create effective scientific presentations that will engage their audiences in technical content, rather than bury them. Through a dynamic blend of lecture, discussion, video analysis, and exercises, workshop participants will walk away with immediately applicable strategies for content organization, slide design and delivery. These strategies, which are backed by extensive cognitive science research, will transform how scientists think about their work and the message they have to share.

Course Objectives

  1. Analyze Audience: size up your audience, adapt to the level of detail needed, and create a strong opening to hook them right from the start
  2. Organize Content: apply principles to maximize audiences’ retention, and unlock the power of storytelling
  3. Transform Slides: explore the problem with traditional PowerPoints, and lend clarity to technical information with assertion-evidence slide design and other visual strategies
  4. Identify Noise: create meaningful visual companions to important data, and learn which data and content to omit
  5. Deliver Confidently: develop a powerful delivery style, think on your feet, and respond to difficult questions
     

Two-Day Agenda | Max. 20 Participants*
Day 1: One-day Agenda (6 hours)
Day 2: Group Coaching Sessions (8 hours)
Participants will give 10-minute presentations based on the principles learned in Day 1 and receive feedback from the group

One-day Agenda (6 hours) | Max. 50 Participants
Analyze Audience, Organize Content (2 hours)
Transform Slides, Identify Noise (3 hours)
Deliver Confidently (1 hour)


Half-day Agenda (3.5 hours) | Max. 75 Participants
Analyze Audience, Organize Content (1 hour)
Transform Slides (1.5 hours)
Deliver Confidently (1 hour)

*Christine Haas Consulting can provide additional coaches to increase the number of participants. Please inquire if interested.  

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Communication that Connects: Presenting to the General Public

Half-day Course | Max. 75 Participants

As a scientist, presenting to the general public in a way that connects can be challenging. We've all been there - trying desperately to explain that concept that seems to straightforward to you, but leaves your listener with a blank stare. At the same time, how can you ensure you are simplifying the message without oversimplifying your work? Learn how to turn that blank stare into one of interest. Special emphasis will be placed on using strong analogies, eliminating jargon, creating effective visuals, determining an appropriate level of detail, and confident delivery.

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The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Half-day Course | Max. 75 Participants

Based on Michael Alley’s best-selling book The Craft of Scientific Presentations, this course approaches research presentations in a fresh way. In an approach called assertion-evidence, Alley emphasizes the importance of telling a story with visual evidence to create presentations that are better understood, remembered, and believed. Assertion-evidence is a visual strategy specifically designed for technical and research presentations. The lessons learned from this workshop guarantee an improved approach to the bland, information-heavy presentations given in the science and engineering fields. *This workshop uses material directly from The Craft of Scientific Presentations, so we advise that clients purchase this resource for participants.

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The Craft of Scientific Writing

Half-day Course | Max. 75 Participants

Based on Michael Alley’s best-selling book The Craft of Scientific Writing, this workshop takes participants through the basics of writing clear and effective scientific content for audiences in need of a strong core message. This course will give participants a newfound confidence in their communication and help emphasize the important message they have to share.*This workshop uses material directly from The Craft of Scientific Writing, so we advise that clients purchase this resource for participants.

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A Revolution Without Bullets: Transforming Presentations

1 - 1.5 hours | Unlimited Participants

An engaging, interactive exploration of the essentials, this talk teaches participants the rudiments of creating understandable, compelling technical presentations. Through watching examples and discussing the research behind multimedia learning, attendees will leave with applicable tips and insights on effective communication.

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The Art of the Elevator Pitch

2 hours | Unlimited Participants

Learn how to condense your work or your company story into a concise and engaging 60-second message. By reviewing example elevator pitches and analyzing successful strategies, workshop attendees will learn how to craft their own pitches. Through group practice and peer feedback, participants will walk away with an effective pitch that can be tailored for different audiences.

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The Business of Storytelling

2 hours | Max 20 Participants with 2 Instructors

Storytelling is the most powerful indirect form of communication. Stories illustrate a point, reveal vulnerabilities, teach lessons, motivate, help earn trust, and most importantly, tap into the emotional part of the brain that is essential for persuasion. This two-hour workshop enables participants to become better communicators in business by learning the foundations of effective storytelling and developing their storytelling skills. Participants will craft their own stories and deliver them in small groups to get immediate feedback and improve their storytelling prowess. 

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Small Group Coaching Sessions

4 hours | Max 8 Participants

An ideal add-on to the full and half-day courses, these small group sessions offer workshop participants an opportunity to give a 10-minute presentation and receive constructive feedback from Christine and other attendees. The coaching sessions are an invaluable way for workshop participants to practice and internalize the principles taught in the courses, as well as further strengthen bonds between colleagues. Christine recommends these sessions be videotaped, so participants can review and reflect on their performance. These sessions are only available to those who have completed a workshop. Some preparation work is required.

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One-on-One Coaching Sessions

Flexible and highly customized, these individualized sessions respond to your needs. Christine will help you brainstorm, advise on slide design, provide guidance on the organization and structure of your content, or simply provide feedback on your presentation. Coaching can be done remotely or on-site.

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