Online Presentation Skills for Faculty

Tue, 21 Apr 2020

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

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Sarah de Swart, PhD, Director of the Office of Faculty Development, will discuss key strategies such as voice and body language used in public speaking and presentations. These strategies help faculty develop the skills to minimize apprehension while giving talks, lecturing, or engaging an audience in person and online.

Over time, some of us overcome the feeling of “stage fright,” and may even relish in the performance aspects of public speaking. But for others, the fear never goes away, and the feeling of serious anxiety before every class or formal presentation can be very debilitating. Many falsely think that they are alone in feeling this way.

Sarah will draw upon her prior experience as a professional actress to illustrate how some of the skills used in improvisational theater (which involves interactions similar to those found in the classroom) can be adapted by professors to improve public speaking. She will discuss communication skills that will aide faculty in presenting their knowledge with poise and confidence in front of their peers and community. The workshop will focus on helping individuals stand out from their peers as technical professionals who can communicate with all audiences especially in an online presentation setting.

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Sarah de Swart, PhD

Director, Office of Faculty Development

Sarah de Swart has been appointed Director of the Faculty Development Center as of August 1, 2017. Dr. de Swart is an organizational and communications consultant, certified executive coach, team facilitator and professional voice and speech coach with more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of personal and professional development. A graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in History and Literature, de Swart holds a Master’s degree in Theater Arts and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She is also a professional actress who has performed on local and national radio and television commercials and training videos. She has been an integral part of the Learning Fellows, Mentor Fellows and Glennan Fellows programs, as well as leading numerous University teaching and learning sessions. In addition, she (in partnership with Dr. William Doll), has taught Presentation Skills workshops across the campus for the past 7 years, now totaling over 350 total seminars.

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