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10 Helpful Online Resources for Improving Public Speaking Skills

Posted on February 12, 2013 in Career Center

Public speaking ranks as one of the top phobias for Americans however it is one of the most essential skills for grad students to master. Whether it is giving presentations for colleagues in your department or at a national conference, teaching in front of undergrads, or giving a job talk, public speaking is a critical skill for grad students to practice and master.  This article recommends ten articles, videos, and podcasts that provide tips and advice to help you reduce your anxiety and become a better presenter.

This post was contributed by Charles Sipe, Executive Editor for Teacher Certification Degrees, a career site with dozens of interviews with current teachers and helpful teacher career resources.


1.“Giving an Academic Talk”

Written by Jonathan Shewchuk, a Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, this piece emphasizes the importance of using image-rich and text-minimal slides. He goes on to cover the differences between the clew and onion models of content presentation, rhythms of speech and the pause that refreshes, proper prop usage, and a slew of examples of common public speaking errors.


2.“Everything I Know About Presentations, I Learned in Theatre School”

Approaching public speaking through the lens of the theater is how Darren Barefoot advocates improving one’s public speaking skills. In this article, Mr. Barefoot suggests framing the content of a speech in stories, anecdotes and metaphors in an effort to keep an audience riveted. By embracing the skills employed by actors on stage, from costumes and set-design to speech tempo and the narrative arc, the tips in this article can make your next speech an Oscar-winning performance.


3.Scott Berkun Talk at Google (Video)

In a public pitch for his book “Confessions of a Public Speaker,” Scott Berkun describes the evolutionary origins of public speaking fears, modifying factors in your environment that are within your control, presentation practice as a form of respect for your audience’s time, tricks for sparking interest, and the importance of a 5-7 minute rhythm.


4.Toastmasters International Articles

Long a respected authority on public speaking, Toastmasters International offers a wealth of information on its website pertaining to improving your oratory skills. This page presents a number of articles ranging from how to deal with a distracted audience and capturing imaginations through story telling, to the importance of your speech title and a sprinkling of humor to keep an audience captivated.


5.The Toastmasters Podcast

Hosted by Bo Bennett and Ryan Levesque, this regular podcast covers all things related to public speaking. With over 63 episodes produced over the course of four years, Bennett and Levesque regularly interview prominent public speakers on their podcast. Topics include addressing stage fright, conversation skills at parties, intercultural communication, and how to overcome objections. The episodes can be subscribed to on iTunes or can be listened to à la carte on the website.

6.“Public Speaking Tips”

Capitalizing upon its science and mathematics reputation, MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities program delivers a formula for controlling your public speaking variables to achieve success. This comprehensive overview of strategies for improved elocution encompasses everything from avoiding dairy products that coagulate around the vocal cords, to mapping the content of your speech. Pre-presentation planning takes center stage in this article as a measure to avoid panicking in the spotlight.


7.10 Public Speaking Tips for Introverts

As the author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” Susan Cain provides the reader with sage advice on public speaking that ranges from videotaping a rehearsal speech to studying the methods of other successful public speakers. She also advocates keeping a regular video blog, smiling at listeners both before and during a performance, and role-playing during a speech as a means of removing inhibitions.


8.“32 Public Speaking Tips From Some Of The World’s Best Speakers and Coaches”

This article, presented by the Speaker’s Life blog, cobbles together advice from some of the world’s top public speaking experts and delivers it in an easy-to-consume style. This compilation of one or two-line pearls of wisdom allows readers to contemplate each idea at their own pace.


9.“How to Get a Standing Ovation”

Best-selling author Guy Kawasaki presents the secret to his public speaking success on his blog. With over 26 years of experience, Guy recommends overdressing, focusing on something interesting to say, speaking at the start of an event, and pre-circulating with the audience. As the former Chief Evangelist for Apple and the author of numerous books, Guy presents some hard-earned advice inside this blog article.


10.“Public Speaking – How I Prepare Every Time”

By focusing on being a teacher on stage and not a public speaker, Tim Ferris, author of “The Four Hour Workweek,” is able to ensure that his message gets across to his audience. In this article from his blog, Tim advocates drinking a copious amount of Diet Coke before a speech and using a methodical approach to rehearsal. The core ingredient of his speeches, a Point-Example-Point (PEP) format, is explored in detail.



Graduate Student Appreciation Week – Book Giveaway

Posted on February 8, 2013 in Career Center, English for Academic Purposes, Graduate School, Kaneb Center, Uncategorized, Writing Center

In celebration of the upcoming Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (Feb. 18-22) the Professional Development Team is applauding our graduate students by giving away books at several of our events. A copy of a related book will be presented to four lucky graduate student attendees selected at random. Below are all the events where books will be available, please check our calendar page for the full list of this semester’s professional development events and workshops.

Exploring Career Options

Tue Feb 19, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: Flanner 114
Book: Putting Your Science to Work by Peter Fiske

Dissertation Proposal Accepted: What Now?
Tue Feb 19, 3:00 – 4:15pm
Location: 200 Riley Hall
Book: Writing Your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day by Joan Bolker

English for Academic Purposes: Forms and Structures for Clearer Writing
Tue Feb 19, 6:30 – 7:45pm
Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall
Book: Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers by Nigel Caplan

Grad School Game Plan: Time Management
Thu Feb 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: Notre Dame Room, LaFortune
Book: Time Management for Dummies by Dirk Zeller

Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Tue Feb 26, 2:00 – 3:15pm
Notre Dame Conference Center, 101-104 McKenna Hall
Book: What the Best College Teachers Do by ken Bain

The Job Search for International Students

Posted on December 11, 2012 in Career Center

Finding a job can be difficult in general, but for international students the task is even more challenging because of factors such as finding employers who will sponsor H1-B visas and stigmas about poor language and communication skills.

While there are differences in the job search of US Citizens and non-US Citizens, many strategies are the same.  In addition there are online and on-campus resources that can help graduate students find job postings and employers that sponsor visas.

Job Search Strategies:

1)      NETWORKING.  The majority of job positions are found through networking.  Therefore, it is important to meet people and make connections as this can lead to future employment.

2)      JOIN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS.  Professional organizations have events and resources that will allow you to develop skills related to your field and to find others to network with.  Many professional organizations also have databases with job postings to assist their members to find jobs.

3)      INTERNSHIP OR JOB SHADOW. This is a great way to get your foot in the door at a company and a great way to find people to network with to find future positions, even if it is not at the company you interned with.

4)      UTILIZE CAREER CENTER SERVICES & ATTEND CAREER CENTER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS.  The Career Center provides workshops and individual meetings with students to help assess skills, search for positions, refine application materials, and prepare for interviews.  Check the Professional Development Calendar for a list of upcoming events or schedule an appointment at the Career Center (631-5200).

Websites for International Students:

GoIrish  – search options for US employers willing to hire international students from Notre Dame (log-in at the Career Center’s website)

Foreign Born – provides assistance to individuals living and working in the US

Uniworld – directories of American companies that operate internationally and foreign companies that operate in the US (access this from the Career Center’s Online Resources, available in both the graduate and undergraduate sections of the website)

My Visa Jobs – databases of H1B visa sponsors

H1 Visajobs – databases for US employers (databases and consultation fees range from $29-79)

Additional Resources on Campus:

International Student Services and Activities – provides services and programs to make the educational experience of international students and their families as meaningful as possible

EAP (English for Academic Purposes) – provides workshops, program blogs, tutoring and consultation to help international graduate students develop their English language skills to succeed as a graduate student and beyond.

Writing Center – offers individual appointments with writing tutors to go over written material

BIC Resources – Company, Industry and Market Data for Job Applications and Interviews

Posted on November 29, 2012 in Career Center

Did you know that the Mahaffey Business Information Center (BIC) located in the lower level of Mendoza has resources that can help graduate students prepare for job applications and interviews?

Examples of information the BIC can help you find*:

1)      Find competitors and potential employers in industries of interest.

2)      A company’s website is limited to the information the company wants to portray.  The BIC and can help you find independent assessments about the company and compare it to others in the industry.

3)      Financial information, investment reports, forecasts, markets and customers, etc., are compiled in easy to access and read formats.

4)      Gain in-depth knowledge about an industry or company to prepare for the following interview questions:  “Where do you see our company going in the next 5-10 years?” or “What three trends do you see in the future for our industry?”

*The majority of information available on the BIC’s resources pertains to publicly traded companies. However, the BIC has some resources regarding private companies and a Business Librarian will be more than happy to help you with your search.

The BIC has thousands of web resources accessible from their website. A few examples include:

  • Business Insights, Factiva, and LexisNexis for company information.
  • MarketResearch.comAcademic for market research.
  • IBISWorld and S&P NetAdvantage for industry information.
  • For those of you who want in-depth financial and market data about a company or industry, is available on select computers at the BIC.  A Business Librarian can quickly get you started with the Bloomberg.

This is just a taste of the many resources the BIC offers for Notre Dame graduate students.  As you prepare for your future job in industry, make sure to include a visit to the BIC or their website.  Send specific questions or set up a meeting with a Business Librarian through their website or by using:

TIME CHANGE: Chemistry Alum to Speak About Tenure Track Positions NOW 2-3pm

Posted on November 15, 2012 in Career Center

Dr. Brian Goess, who was schedule to speak tomorrow, November 16 from 12-1 pm, will now be talking about tenure track positions in science from 2-3pm.  The seminar will still be in 251 Nieuwland.

Chemistry Alum to Speak about Tenure-Track Positions: Nov 16, 12-1pm, 251 Nieuwland

Posted on November 14, 2012 in Career Center

If you are a Science Grad Student or Post-doc planning to apply for tenure track positions, this is a seminar you will want to attend! 

Dr. Goess’s seminar will focus on skills necessary for conducting an effective job search for a tenure-track faculty position in the sciences at a research-active undergraduate institution, along with strategies for success in the early years of one’s independent professional career.   Brian Goess graduated from Notre Dame in 1998 with a degree in chemistry, where he worked for three years as an undergraduate in the lab of Professor Paul Helquist.  He then moved to Harvard, where he studied under Professor Matthew Shair and graduated in 2004.  After a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton with Professor Erik Sorensen, Dr. Goess joined the faculty of Furman University in 2006, where he is now as associate professor.  Furman is a private, primarily undergraduate college in Greenville, SC.  It’s chemistry department has a nationally-recognized research program centered around the training of undergraduate chemists in research.

The seminar will be this Friday, November 16 from 12-1 pm in 251 Nieuwland.  If you would like to make one-on-one appointments with Dr. Goess contact Ann Amico Moran (

Opportunities with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Posted on September 13, 2012 in Career Center

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, a subunit within the National Museum of American History, is the Smithsonian’s intellectual center for thinking about the history of invention and innovation.  In addition, they pursue many activities designed to inspire inventive creativity in young people and to foster an appreciation for the importance of invention/innovation in our society.

There are 3 funding opportunities available through the Lemelson Center in the form of fellowships, short term travel grants, and archival internships.  Residential fellowships (max 10 weeks) are available to pre-doctoral graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to entice scholars to come to the museum and pursue research using our invention and technology collections as they prepare theses, dissertations, books, articles, documentary films, etc.   The short term travel grants are similar to the fellowships but with a maximum of 2 weeks.  The archival internship is for students in library science programs who specialize in the preservation of archival documents.  See for more details about these 3 funding opportunities.

Graduate students from any discipline interested in studying the history of their discipline are welcome to apply.  However, students with humanities and social science backgrounds, including those in History, History and Philosophy of Science, Economics, Sociology, and Philosophy, may have the most interest in these opportunities and may be more likely to have projects that align nicely with the Lemelson Center’s mission.


Boeing Company Spotlight

Posted on September 11, 2012 in Career Center

Boeing is a leader in aerospace manufacturing commercial jetliners and military aircraft, rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. In addition, Boeing provides service to NASA by operating the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle.  Almost 35, 000 or 21% of their employees have advanced degrees in business and technical fields.  If you have an advanced degree in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering and computer science, Boeing could be looking for you!

ND Science Grad Alums – Tailgate this Saturday, September 8!

Posted on September 6, 2012 in Career Center, Graduate School

GE Aviation Company Spotlight

Posted on August 28, 2012 in Career Center

GE Aviation’s goal is to make aviation more efficient and environmentally responsible for military, commercial and business and general aircraft.  Since GE’s inception in jet engine servicing over 55 years ago, it has become a world leader in providing aviation services including commercial and military jet engines and components and avionics, electric power, and mechanical systems for aircraft.  With their attention to quality and innovation, GE Aviation has developed many new products including, America’s first jet engine, the first turbojet engines to power flights at two and three times the speed of sound, and the world’s first high bypass turbofan engine to enter service.
With over 80 locations worldwide and employing 39,000 individuals, GE Aviation could be a good fit for an innovative Notre Dame graduate student interested in aviation development!  GE Aviation careers can be found at