Public Speaking for Graduate Students

Lura Dolas
Friday, Feb 17, 2017 | 9:30 am
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 | 9:30 am

Lura Dolas (Head of Acting Program, UC Berkeley) conducts two three-hour workshops designed to teach graduate students techniques to help them deliver job talks clearly, confidently, and persuasively. The workshops will help in identifying ineffective behavior, neutralizing stage fright, selecting persuasive language, heightening interest with storytelling techniques, and using voice, eye contact, and gestures appropriately and effectively.  The workshops will provide a safe, constructive atmosphere to maximize individual participation.

In the first workshop, participants will be introduced to a series of modified acting exercises designed to promote clear, confident, and persuasive presentation of self and material. In the second workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to present a short sample of a job talk and receive individual coaching.

N.B.: Students must enroll for both workshops and commit to the entire six hours.


UC Berkeley PhD students who have advanced to candidacy and are planning to enter the market this year. Admission to workshop is limited to 12 students. Priority will be given to students in the Arts and Humanities.


Please complete and submit application to

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 | 5:00 pm