MT180: Public Speaking Coaching


Event details

Date 25.10.2021 29.10.202109:0017:00  
Speaker Etienne Duval
Category Internal trainings
Event Language French, English
40 PhD Students registered, 8 people per day of coaching (9 am to 5 pm)
Contact: [email protected]

Course Description

This day-long workshop is designed to methodically help you put together an impactful 3MT presentation. Working with your peers, you will be taken through each step of building up a performance that is convincing both in content and delivery.

The course relies on guided practice rather than theory. Exercises will focus on practical ways of solving conceptual, rhetorical and presentational problems. Each presentation will be recorded, and detailed feedback will be given by the trainer and your peers, highlighting what works, and what can be improved. There will be an opportunity to record your presentation again, giving you a chance to incorporate improvements, and so measure progress. You will also be given tips for further practice.

What you will learn
  • How to select meaningful material in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist audience.
  • How to construct a convincing pitch.
  • How to memorise it.
  • How to deliver it effectively, confidently, using words, body language and space to your advantage.
  • How to deal with mishaps.
  • How your slide can help - or hinder.
  • How to use what you have learned for other, longer presentations.
Beyond the 3MT competition, which is fun and can help you raise your profile and win prizes, 3MT training is a great way to sharpen presentational skills. It helps think about effective ways of addressing both non-specialist  and specialist audiences, and ultimately can help build a "toolkit” that will be useful in many different public-speaking situations.


Etienne Duval is a Franco-British trainer and broadcast journalist. He trained the 2021 UK 3MT winner.


Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Registration required
  • This event is internal



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