Public Speaking for Graduate Students

Lura Dolas (senior continuing lecturer emeritus and former head of the acting program, UC Berkeley) conducts a two-session online workshop designed to teach graduate students techniques to help them deliver job talks and professional presentations clearly, confidently, and persuasively.

In addition to introducing ways of making virtual talks more dynamic, the workshops 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 workshop provides a safe, constructive atmosphere to maximize individual participation.

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

Online workshop dates:

Friday, October 29, 2021 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

N.B.: Students must attend both online sessions and commit to the entire six hours over two consecutive Fridays.


UC Berkeley PhD students who have advanced to candidacy and are entering the job market, broadly conceived. Admission is limited. Priority will be given to students in the arts and humanities and related social sciences.


Public Speaking for Graduate Students