Melissa Marshall
On April 9-10, 2015, Melissa Marshall, Senior Lecturer at Penn State University, will visit the University of Iowa to deliver workshops and lectures for the University of Iowa community.

Melissa will share effective strategies for structuring research presentations, rethinking the design of presentation slides, and analyzing the best delivery style.


About Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall is passionate about eliminating “information-dump” style presentations and letting scientists’ work shine. For nearly a decade, she has been traveling the world teaching proven strategies for presenting information in an engaging way that audiences connect with. She believes that even the best scientific discoveries are destined to remain undiscovered if it is not presented in a clear and compelling way.

For a sneak peek, check out her TED talk, “Talk Nerdy to Me.” It’s been watched by more than one million people (and counting). 



Lecture for grad students:

Going Up? Effective Elevator Pitches

Sometimes you only have a couple of minutes to get your message across, and that “elevator pitch” can often make the difference between success and stagnation. This fun workshop will teach your team how to create a clear and convincing summary of their work so that it’s compelling for any audience. Video examples of effective elevator pitches will be shown and analyzed. Participants will create, practice, and receive peer feedback on their own pitches during the workshop.

When: Thursday, April 9, 10:45-Noon
Where: 240 Art Building West
Target audience: Graduate students and Postdocs
Registration is required.


Workshop #1:

Present Your Science: Transforming Technical Talks

This versatile half-day workshop covers the full gamut: content strategy, slide design, and presentation delivery. With a dynamic combination of lecture, discussion, video analysis, and exercises, this workshop will truly transform how your scientists present their work and will help foster a culture of improved communications throughout your company or institution.

When: Fri., April 10, 8:30-11:30 am
Where: University Club1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
Audience:  Faculty, staff, and graduate students.



Workshop #2:

Talk Nerdy to Me: Presenting Your Science to the Public

Talking to the general public about your science can be tricky—How much can you assume they know? How much detail should you share? How can you get them excited about your topic? If these questions sound familiar, this workshop is for you. You will learn proven strategies that will improve your content, slides and delivery so that you can more easily engage a general audience. This is an interactive workshop where you’ll participate in group exercises, analyze video examples and then practice the techniques you’ve learned using your own work.

When: Fri., April 10, 1:00-4:00 pm
Where: University Club1360 Melrose Avenue, Iowa City
Audience: Faculty, staff, and graduate students.
REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION. Please contact if you are interested in attending.



Melissa Marshall's visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Research & Economic Development, College of Nursing, Graduate College, and the College of Public Health.

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