Skills-Building Workshops

OFDD’s skills-building workshops are designed to teach the skills needed to develop faculty careers. Offered free of charge, these cover a range of topics necessary for advancing faculty careers.

Leading Team Science Teams

Writing Effective K-award and R-series Grant Applications

Cultural Considerations in the Biomedical Workplace

OFDD also offers workshops on the following topics:

  • Acting with Power
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Delegation Strategies
  • Delivering Dynamic Presentations
  • Design Thinking
  • Effective Time Management
  • Effective Virtual Presentations
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • How and When to Say "No and "Yes" in Career and in Life
  • Knowing and Using Your Strengths
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Overcoming Unintended Bias and Other Cognitive Errors

Other skills-building workshops are offered across Stanford from the main campus Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and from Stanford Graduate School of Business

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For more information on workshops or suggestions for workshop topics: 

Speaking Up without Freaking Out

Matt Abrahams

November 18, 2019, 12:30-2:00

Location: Clark Center S360

Audiences crave authentic, bold communication; however, many presenters are uneasy speaking in public. Learn proven concepts to help reduce your anxiety and improve your connection with your audience.  You will leave this keynote with several techniques for developing and delivering clear, confident, and compelling presentations that will make you and your communication "audience ready."



September 9 and 10, 2019, Dean’s suite boardroom LK320

  • Understand the K awards and the guidelines for writing winning grants
  • Know the review process and how to address key points for reviewers
  • Learn step by step strategies for writing winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions
  • Demonstrate the merits, excellence and innovation of your proposal
  • Learn how to best describe yourself as a unique candidate, likely to transition to independence
  • Understand how to optimize presentation and writing of your research proposal
  • After attending this workshop, PIs will be able to write a more successful grant application.


Presentation Anxiety and Making Presentations Memorable

OFDD Skillsbuilding workshop instructor Matt Abrahams provides tips on managing presentation anxiety and making presentations memorable.