Q&A Know-How: Success Beyond Your Text

The Q&A segment of a presentation can be a very challenging part of public speaking for scientists, who often feel attacked or demoralized after handling questions. This workshop provides a framework to manage questions focusing on preparation for Q&A: structure, content and timing. Topics also include exercises in listening, diagnosis from a taxonomy of questions, repertoire of tactical responses, and effective use of voice, body language and gesture. The goal is to be confident, clear and articulate during the less structured sections of a presentation so that your research is clearly expressed and your ideas stick.

Facilitated by: Nancy Houfek, MFA
Nancy holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she remained as an actor, director and coach for nearly a decade. She has also held faculty or guest positions at the University of Washington, the Drama Studio of London, Southern Methodist University and the University of Minnesota. Nancy is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this workshop, or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at UMMS-Faculty-Development@med.umich.edu or 734-764-2574.
Please also let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange so letting us know at least 2 weeks in advance is much appreciated.

Upcoming Sessions

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