PRESENTATION COACHING FOR RESEARCH-DRIVEN ORGANIZATIONS
Great talks and presentations are strategic weapons — for your prospective funders, clients, partners and potential hires. And in a time of high stakes for science and research, the presentations you and your staff give have to rise to the challenge.
Science+Story coaches you and your staff to dramatically improve your presentation skills and develop the best talks of your careers — suitable for formats such as TEDx. The secret: An individualized, non-templated development process built around strong narrative, the identity and needs of the audience, and clarity in research communication. Learn more about the Science+Story approach.
Your presentation will go through as many as five or six revisions from first consultation to event. The process is intense -- but the impact is unmistakable.
Bob Lalasz, founder of Science+Story, has worked with nearly 100 scientists and other subject matter experts to rapidly improve their presentations and public speaking. Examples include:
- The keynote talk by Jessica Hellman, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, at the Institute's 10th anniversary gala.
- The keynote talk at Communicating the Museum Los Angeles 2017 by Brence Culp, executive director of sustainability and legacy, Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.
- UCLA Professor Magali Delmas' talk "The Convenient Environmentalist" -- one of eight vision talks Lalasz coached by UCLA Institute for the Environment & Sustainability faculty members in Autumn 2016.
- See Earth Genome co-founder Glen Low’s Big Idea talk at the GreenBiz 16 conference.
1. Development Includes audience analysis; developing a talk outline, flowing from a strong narrative spine; and constructing slides that support the narrative and that express any research findings crisply and legibly.
2. Refinement Next, we use multiple Skype and/or in-person practice sessions to hone the script and slides and to refine delivery. We end just before the event with a final run-through session to proof the talk.
Potential audiences for the talk could include:
- Funders and donors;
- General audiences; and
- Conferences (field, sector, industry, or topical).
Talk genre options include:
- A vision talk, grounded in research, that lays out a future and what it would take to get there;
- A research-informed presentation or talk, delivering value analysis on current issues and events;
- Introduction to a body of research or new research;
- Introduction to a research program or institute and its unique value to problem solving.
Talk length: Between 5-20 minutes.
Development time: One to three months, depending on the project and the speaker’s schedule.