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Public Speaking Workshop

Preparing for conferences

Build your public speaking skills and present with confidence at your next academic speaking engagement with the SSEAC public speaking workshop for early career researchers at the University of Sydney.

Please note this event has been cancelled.


As a postgraduate student or an early career researcher, you may think that your primary output is your research. But excellent verbal communication skills are a key quality that can help you stand out from the crowd, particularly in the early stages of academia. In this workshop, you will learn how to develop your broader communications skills and improve your confidence when presenting to specialist and general audiences.

This workshop will give you the guidance you need to prepare for your next academic speaking engagement, including how to:

  • write an engaging conference abstract
  • structure your presentation
  • design an engaging PowerPoint presentation
  • manage nerves, project your voice and make the best use of your body language, and
  • develop and present the opening two minutes of your presentation (your ‘hook’)

You will also be given personalised feedback on your hook to help you with preparing the remainder of your presentation.

It is a condition of attendance that workshop participants are required to present at the SSEAC Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference on Monday 22 June 2020.

The workshop is open to any Higher Degree by Research students and early career research SSEAC members less than five years out from the PhD, at the University of Sydney. If you are not a member of SSEAC, you can join us here for free.

Please note that places are limited and only University of Sydney students and scholars are eligible to apply.


Further information

To participate in this program, applicants must:

  • be a postgraduate student or early career researcher at the University of Sydney (less than five years out from PhD)
  • be a SSEAC member (free to join)
  • be 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, and
  • be available to present at the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference (Monday 22 June 2020) at the University of Sydney

We are no longer accepting applications for this event.