Power Hour on Effective Presentation Skills

Doing great research is often not enough in academia; being able to present valuable research results in both written and oral way has become an essential trait of the academic job. However, with more and more research done daily, leaving an impact on the audience is not as easy as it might seem. To address one of these aspects and provide space for practice and for exchange of knowledge, ELTE Technical Secretariat has organised a Power Hour specifically focused effective presentation skills.

Power Hour is a title of a series of workshops through which the domestic and international doctoral researchers at ELTE can engage and discuss on topics of interests, provide feedback and encouragement, and share valuable insights. Kinga Kaplar-Kodacsy is part of the ELTE EDiTE technical secretariat and is also in charge of organising workshops of Power Hour.

For the April workshop, ELTE’s early stage researcher Helena Kovacs was invited to provide a learning opportunity related to presentation skills. Organised in two consecutive Wednesdays (11 and 18 April), the workshop was developed with a plan to mirror the Falling Walls Lab Marie Skłodowska Curie event and offer the chance for the participants to work in real-time on pre-prepared presentations. The presentations had to provide the essential elements of research in just few minutes by drawing attention to the urgency and importance of the topic or by inspiring imagination with the audience. Helena who participated at the Falling Walls Lab event modified a few rules to fit the needs of the Power Hour workshop, thus the presenters had 5 minutes and the workshop did not have a competitive element but intensive learning element. Both presenters and the audience received a handy presentation preparation guide, which especially presenters used to generate few innovative ideas, such as for example using a metaphor of a bus to describe quality systems for educators. The feedback and knowledge generated in the sessions was empowering, and in the final stage the presenters received very detailed comments on their voice, diction, posture, movements and overall presentation content.