public speaking

Public Speaking Workshop

Wow the crowd at your next academic speaking engagement, whether online or in-person
Conferences are back, and they’re more exciting – and complicated! – than ever. Regardless of whether you’ll be presenting face to face, online, or in hybrid form, we are all keen to get back out there and share our research. This workshop is designed to help you build your public speaking skills and present with confidence at your next academic speaking engagement.

Who: Higher Degree by Research Students and Early Career Researchers (less than five years out from their PhD) working on Southeast Asia
When: Tuesday 7 June 2022, from 10am-5pm Sydney time
Where: Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney

This workshop will give you the encouragement and guidance you need to prepare for your next conference or webinar. We’ll cover how to:

  • write a snappy conference abstract
  • structure your talk
  • develop an engaging PowerPoint presentation
  • manage nerves, project your voice and make the best use of your body language whether in-person or on camera
  • manage live feedback and questions as both a presenter and as a Chair
  • develop and present the opening two minutes of your presentation (your ‘hook’)

The workshop is open to any Higher Degree by Research students and Early Career Researchers (less than five years out from conferral of their PhD) working on Southeast Asia. Please note that places are limited. 

It is a condition of attendance that workshop participants from the University of Sydney present at the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference on Monday 20 June 2022. You are required to submit your conference abstract as part of this application. Please ensure you have prepared this abstract before you start your workshop application.

Applications are now closed.


Workshop information

To be advised.

To participate in this workshop, applicants must be:

  • a SSEAC member (free to join)
  • a Higher Degree by Research student or Early Career Researcher (less than five years out from PhD)
  • currently studying, working at, or affiliated with an Australian tertiary institution*
  • conducting research on any of the countries within Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam), or Southeast Asia as a region
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination**

* Note for University of Sydney students and researchers: It is a condition of attendance that you also present at the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference on Monday 20 June 2022 at the University of Sydney. 

** A fully vaccinated person is a person who has received the number of doses required for a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine. For further information on vaccination requirements, please visit the Australian Government website.

Applications are now closed.

Places are limited and preference will be given to applicants from the University of Sydney. A limited number of positions will be made available to participants from other Australian tertiary institutions on a first-come, first-served basis.

Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 17 May 2022.

Please email any queries about the workshop and the application process to


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre reserves the right to cancel this event on short notice. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre will be closely monitoring the situation and following NSW Health Advice to assess all risks associated with the event, and will notify participants of any changes to the program. In participating in this event, all individuals will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19.