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  I-RITE/I-SPEAK: Communicate your research effectively and concisely

Dates:   September 7-10, 2010

Sponsors:   Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)
Course details:  

I-RITE/I-SPEAK is a Stanford program that teaches graduate students and postdocs to prepare and deliver highly understandable, compelling oral and written accounts of their research for non-specialized audiences. Developed at Stanford, this hands-on seminar trains participants in writing and speaking a one-minute oral summary. Applications from all research fields, including the humanities and social sciences, are highly encouraged.

The completed material can be used in proposals, grant applications, presentations, and informal conversations with professional and personal contacts. In today's academic and work environments, it is crucial to be able to describe what you do quickly and succinctly to lay audiences. Participants work with novel techniques that cover a range of issues in the writing and speaking process; from assumptions about your audience to peer reviewing and oral presentation techniques. Topics include interpersonal and public speaking, adapting to various audiences, and using metaphors and analogies for clarity and effective description. As a result of this time-efficient and focused approach, participants will develop greater confidence during informal conversations with professional and personal contacts.

Additional information and/or registration:  

For more information, contact the instructor: Dr. Marianne Neuwirth at

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