Public Speaking for Graduate Students

Lura Dolas
Friday, Oct 11, 2019 | 9:30 am
Friday, Oct 18, 2019 | 9:30 am

Lura Dolas (senior continuing lecturer emerita and former head of the acting program, UC Berkeley) conducts a two-part workshop designed to teach graduate students techniques to help them deliver job talks and professional presentations clearly, confidently, and persuasively. The workshop helps participants learn to identify ineffective behavior, neutralize stage fright, select persuasive language, heighten interest with storytelling techniques, and use voice, eye contact, and gestures appropriately and effectively. The workshop provides a safe, constructive atmosphere to maximize individual participation.

In the first session, 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 session, participants are given the opportunity to present a short sample of a job talk or professional presentation and receive individual coaching.

N.B.: Participants must attend both workshop meetings and commit to the entire six hours.


UC Berkeley PhD students who have advanced to candidacy and are entering the job market, broadly conceived. Admission to workshop is limited to 12 students. Priority will be given to students in the Arts & Humanities and related Social Sciences.


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Friday, Sep 27, 2019 | 5:00 pm