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Presentation and Communication Skills

PRESENTATION AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Being able to communicate and share your ideas effectively is important in an academic setting. These are skills directly transferable to a professional environment.

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Tutorials and Seminars Group Work Assertiveness Presentation Skills Web Resources

Tutorials and Seminars

Tutorials and seminars are an important part of your learning experience at university. Actively participating and exchanging ideas with other students in a group environment enables you to improve your communication skills and learn together.

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Effective Tutorial Contribution

Effective Seminar Contribution

Group Work

At university, group work is a common tool used in seminars, labs or tutorials. It is an increasingly popular means of assessment in Queen's and is perceived as a vital employability skill. 

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Successful Group Work

Project Plans for Groups

Assertiveness

Assertiveness is behaviour which helps individuals to communicate clearly and confidently their needs, wants and feelings to others without negatively impacting their rights in any way (Lindenfield, 1992). Below you will find a virtual workshop and some resources for developing assertive behaviour in your studies and during your time at university.

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What is Assertiveness?

Assess Your Assertiveness Questionnaire

Presentation Skills

Giving a presentation at University can be overwhelming, so it is important to develop your confidence in this area. The resources below give an overview of both oral and poster presentations, providing important tips along the way.

Top Tip: less is more when it comes to PowerPoint. You want to grab the attention of your audience, but not distract them too much from what you are saying. Usually short bullet points or diagrams work best.

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5 Quick Tips for Effective Presentations

Introduction to PowerPoint - Part 1: Oral Presentations

Introduction to PowerPoint - Part 2: Poster Presentations

Web Resources

Communication skills: Speaking and listening

University of Kent's tips to improve various communication skills

Deliver better presentations

University of Leicester's various resources for improving presentation skills

Presentation advice from University of Sussex

Information on preparing and presenting; and great tips for group presentations

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