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Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

"When this geologist speaks, people listen"

A short course on presentation skills for Geologists

April 4, 2012 – 8:00 to 11:00 AM

Presented by Dr. David Pelton


This course is designed for geologists who wish to acquire the skills and techniques to design and deliver dynamic presentations.  Industry personnel sometimes find it difficult and uncomfortable to express themselves when presenting information to people inside – and outside – their organization. Some geologists are naturally gifted speakers, but anyone can learn to make effective, effortless, and well-crafted presentations with instruction and guidance. The workshop will focus on:

  • Communication and the role it plays in presentation making
  • Overcoming presentation fears
  • The four fundamentals basic to presentation design and delivery:
  • Presence/Demeanor/Appearance/Posture/Movement/Physical Comfort
  • Delivery/The voice/Gestures / facial expressions/Skill in using silence/Rhythm/Language
  • Production/Flow/rhythm/Skill in using visual aids/technology/Skill in using time/Skill in using venue/Connectivity/Eye Contact/Knowledge of audience/Skill in handling audience/situation
  • Construction & Organization/Design (presentation)/Design (ppt. slides/other visuals)/Integration (presentation with visuals)/Language

 By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to present technical material clearly, confidently, and convincingly.

DR. DAVID PELTON is an instructor and Instructor Development Specialist for PetroSkills and has been a professional communicator for over 35 years. He holds degrees from Cornell University, The New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Cincinnati, and has performed for – and spoken to – audiences in the United States, Central and Western Europe, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, The Ukraine, Africa, The Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has taught at major colleges and universities and has been an active seminar/workshop facilitator for petroleum and non-petroleum businesses in California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and in Canada, England, Holland, Ireland, Wales, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Benin, Nigeria, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Singapore. He is a member of numerous training institutes and societies and enjoys a national and international reputation as a communications consultant, lecturer, trainer, and coach.

Please contact Dr.Tom Temples at tom.temples@gmail.com if you have questions about the workshop.

Last Updated: March 1, 2017      -- Questions or comments, contact Scott Brame.
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