Strong oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and other professionals, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively, sometimes haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. Based on Dr. Doumont's book "Trees, maps, and theorems" discussing effective communication strategies for rational minds, this lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver presentations. Among other topics, it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Speaker Bio

An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Jean-luc Doumont now devotes his time and energy to training engineers, scientists, business people, and other rational minds in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes.

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Make the most of your graduate school experience by building your portfolio! Join us and we will equip you with:

  1. Marketable skills,
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Resources available to you! (That you may not know about!)

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Need funding for your next research project? Start your grant proposal right. This workshop will show you strategies on how to write better proposals with tips and advice from Dr. Peter Dunn, Professor of Entomology. Learn and explore:

  1. Instructions on how to deliver your funding
  2. Tips and strategies for your grant application
  3. Opportunities in different funding organizations

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Be professional and start your portfolio now! Taking this workshop, you should have the knowledge, tips and advice needed to develop your:

  1. Resume
  2. CV 
  3. Cover letter
  4. Research statement and
  5. Teaching philosophy

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Employers will only take a look at your resume for 15 seconds. Stand out! Attend this workshop and experience:

  1. Learning tips and strategies to format and update your work
  2. Opportunity to receive feedback on your CV and/or resume
  3. Learn to peer review

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Looking for a job is not an easy process - so have a strategy. Build your strategy! In this workshop, we will show you how to:

  1. Formulate a Career Strategic Plan
  2. Create your Job Search Strategy
  3. Develop & update your CV
  4. Construct an Institutional Profile.

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Recruiters and conference attendees could see more than 100 people in a day. How can YOU stand out? Attend this workshop and we will help you:

  1. improve your odds of not being screened out
  2. lead you to a deeper level of satisfaction with your efforts
  3. increase your chances of obtaining a second interview
  4. ultimately assist you to strategically stand out among other students.

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Still can't find the funding you want? Join us at our workshop where you can explore funding sources available to graduate students, in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships. In addition, we will give you tips and strategies on how to get the funding you want.

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You got into grad school! Time to get ready: Learn how to develop important skills that will get you through and excel in graduate school! By attending this workshop, you will receive

  1. Degree, career, and personal goals;
  2. Roadmap for your graduate education;
  3. Implement effective time management and writing habits;
  4. Sustain your progress in graduate school

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Need to finish or get started on your thesis/dissertation? Join us to learn more about: Writing roadblocks, writing strategies and rituals, common writing errors, and dissertation support groups! Join us to explore:

  1. Writing roadblocks,
  2. Helpful writing strategies and rituals,
  3. Common writing errors,
  4. Dissertation support groups!

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National Labs Day @ Purdue is specifically designed for graduate students, undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in careers at national laboratories and federally funded research and development centers across the United States.

NL@P Features:

  1. Career fair
  2. Professional development workshops
  3. National Labs information workshops
  4. Tech talks by National Labs

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Get out of your lab, time to expand your network! Explore:

  1. Benefits and opportunities of networking.
  2. Appropriate context and situations for professional networking
  3. Effective strategies
  4. Elevator pitches, networking narratives, etc

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It gets more personal after your resume…. Getting the interview! Learn tips and strategies on:

  • Best interview practices
  • Strategies on making your skills stand out 
  • Asking the right questions

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This workshop will discuss what to do when you get a job offer. Once you get a job interview, you need to be prepared. We will discuss preparation, travel, expenses, dress, and what
goes on during and after the interview. Further we will discuss what to consider, questions to anticipate, how to negotiate, how to decline a job offer, etc. No question is off-limits.

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