If standing up and speaking in front of an audience is a source of anxiety, the stress is heightened even more when the official language of the conference, meeting or congress is English. On the 29th and 30th of May 2014, the Esteve Foundation organized in Barcelona with the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine IRB Barcelona the ninth edition of the Training Seminar How to improve your scientific presentations, which offers numerous techniques and practical tips for improving scientists presentations in English.
During one and a half day, participants immerse themselves in the international language under the guidance of Brian McCarthy and Peter Corry, both of Irish origin. McCarthy is a writer, translator and instructor of several courses. He has also translated and edited dozens of articles on pharmacology, psychology and education. Before moving to Spain in 2005, he was a professional theater director and acting coach. Corry has worked as a performance coach for over 12 years, helping professionals in the entertainment industry, education and business to develop confidence and communicate more effectively with audiences. He is also a professional actor in theatre, television and film, and is currently studying Medicine at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Designed with a blend of theory and practice, this new course not only covers basic skills in public speaking but also looks at shaping your message, strucuturing your content and polishing your delivery in order to have a greater impact on your audience. Defining a message, having a central objective, establishing a narrative, imposing a structure and attractive design of slides are some of the keys to capturing and holding public attention.