Microwave Week 2020 3MT® co-chairs John Bandler and Erin Kiley along with McMaster Ph.D. student Erica Dao—Second Place winner of McMaster University’s 2019 3MT® Competition—bring you the fourth webinar sponsored by the IEEE MTT-S Education Committee in support of the 2020 Microwave Week 3MT® Competition and presentation skills in general.
Your ability to inspire and engage broad audiences, in addition to technical audiences, is more vital now than ever. It makes you attractive to prospective employers or supervisors, as well as a more likely go-to ambassador for your school or professional society. Transferrable to virtually any professional career path, such skills become lifetime assets.
We draw on our experiences: writing and directing plays, running entrepreneurial and exhibition booths, mentoring and coaching candidates for competitive presentations, including many winners of various Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competitions, as well as delivering webinars and previous workshops on engaging presentations. We will elaborate on: understanding and embracing your audience’s needs; gaining trust; the importance of clarity, citation, and acknowledgement; those crucial first few seconds and your first few slides; your slides and you: an exercise in psychology, empathy, and art; and how to identify and avoid potential traps and pitfalls.
We address presentation do’s and don’ts; we discuss story, subtext, articulation, theatricality, etiquette, purposeful gestures, and being remembered. We draw inspiration from as far afield as politics, TED talks, and TV placement of talking heads.
While students and young professionals would be expected to be our primary audience, professors and practicing engineers from industry should equally appreciate this webinar.
A highlight is our dissection with Erica Dao of Erica’s 2019 compelling 3MT® presentation, “Where Does Cancer Begin?”
Meanwhile, check out our previous three related MTT-S webinars and find selected videos from prior IMS 3MT® competitions on the MTT-S IMS YouTube channel.