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Coaching Session with Dr. John Bandler for Big Ideas Pitch Week

Coaching Session with Dr. John Bandler for Big Ideas Pitch Week

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JHE 328

JHE 328

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Sarah Anstett, Research Support Coordinator, Ext. 27129

engresearch@mcmaster.ca

Pitch Week Website: Click Here

Do you have a big idea to solve a real-world problem? Share it with the Faculty of Engineering during the Big Ideas Pitch Week competition. This workshop will prepare participants of the Big Ideas Pitch Week by teaching them how to create an effective presentation.

Overview

Ever suffered from those pesky butterflies before appearing on a stage or showing up at an unfamiliar event or location? More simply, have you ever had butterflies? No? Then perhaps you’ve never taken a risk.  Reasons for your butterflies include fear of failure, and your conviction that there’s no second chance at a first impression.

As a writer and director of plays, as well as a professor and entrepreneur, with experience both in commercial exhibition booths and in mentoring candidates for Three Minute Thesis competitions, McMaster Engineering's Dr. John Bandler elaborates on effective presentations and pitches: embracing your audience’s needs, gaining trust during those crucial first few seconds, and more.

In these workshops, he will discuss story, subtext, articulation, theatricality, etiquette, being remembered, ethics, authenticity, admitting setbacks, and how to identify and avoid possible traps and pitfalls.

In preparation for the upcoming Big Ideas Pitch Week, we encourage all students and faculty who have been selected to participate in the Pitch Week competitions to attend one of Dr. Bandler's workshops being held on Thursday, September 20th and Monday, September 24th 2018. 

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please register by Tuesday, September 18 2018.

Pitch Week Website

Workshop Abstract

Presenting, Promoting, Pitching:

And Why You'll Never Get A Second Crack At A First Impression

John W. Bandler
McMaster University, bandler@mcmaster.ca

 

Ever suffered from those pesky butterflies before appearing on a stage, or showing up at an unfamiliar event or location? More simply, have you ever had butterflies? No? Then perhaps you’ve never taken a risk. Reasons for your butterflies include fear of failure, and your conviction that there’s no second chance at a first impression. OK. So you think you’re prepared. You’re called. You rise to your feet, you stumble onto the stage. Maybe your microphone or projector doesn’t work. Tough luck. Or you mumble a few opening remarks, maybe swallow your name and affiliation into something unintelligible. By now, your audience has likely made up its mind about you. The rest of your pitch, promotion or presentation simply serves as confirmation of their bias and impressions. As a writer and director of plays as well as a professor and entrepreneur—with experience both in commercial exhibition booths and in mentoring candidates for Three Minute Thesis competitions—I elaborate on effective presentations and pitches: embracing your audience’s needs; gaining trust, those crucial first few seconds, and more. We discuss story, subtext, articulation, theatricality, etiquette, being remembered, ethics, authenticity, admitting setbacks, and how to identify and avoid possible traps and pitfalls. Show them, don’t snow them!

- Professor Emeritus John W. Bandler, Workshop Host

About John Bandler

 
John Bandler 2018  

Professor John W. Bandler

McMaster professor emeritus John Bandler, OC, is an engineer, entrepreneur, innovator, researcher, artist, speaker, and author of fiction, including stage plays. He wrote and directed That The Multitude May Live. See YouTube for other examples of his theatrical work such as Christmas Eve at the Julibee Motel. Some of his presentations and workshops on a variety of topics, including his 2014 TEDx McMaster U talk, are available on the internet. He has published more than 500 technical papers and contributions to books, won many professional awards, and pioneered the space mapping technology in 1993. In 1997, Hewlett-Packard acquired his company Optimization Systems Associates Inc. He is a Fellow of several societies, including the IEEE and the Royal Society of Canada. He has been honoured by a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; appointed to Officer of the Order of Canada; and, in 2018, Professional Engineers Ontario honoured him with their Gold Medal. He mentors individuals for presentations, and spearheaded the first ever 3MT® competition at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium in 2017, continued in 2018 and planned for future years. He spearheaded McMaster’s first ever Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 3MT® competition in 2018.

 

3MT® & Pitch Week Guidelines

The Faculty of Engineering's Big Ideas Pitch Week is inspired by the Three Minute Thesis Program (3MT®), which is founded by Queensland University, Australia. 

What is 3MT?

"Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students around the world. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props."

Helpful Links for All Participants:

Competitor Guide:      https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/3mt-competitor-guide 

Competition Rules:    https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/competition-rules

Judging Criteria:        https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/judging-criteria

For the Faculty of Engineering Big Ideas Pitch Week:

The Undergraduate Competition and Faculty Researcher Seeding Big Ideas competitions will be run and judged in the spirit of 3MT®.The Graduate Competition is a 3MT®. All Pitch Week Participants will be sent additional information unique to our events.

Stay Tuned and Good Luck!

Resources

Explore these aids to guide your learning in the sessions and become prepared for the event.

Books

Gallo, Talk Like TED. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2014.

Anderson, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Toronto: Collins, 2016.

 

McMaster University Pitches and Presentations 

Teng Guo, “Double rotor motor,” April 30, 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKCwewMKcg8

Ana Kovacevic, “Stepping into a healthy mind,” March 2, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGUlmRZumSs&index=6&list=PLsf_1-s90Gw43mJ-R7dc7yppmam6PHVg6

Ana Kovacevic, “Stepping into a healthy mind,” April 14, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzkBssj_sjM

Daniel Tajik, “Microwave holography: The future of medical imaging,” June 5, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfNBH6JUTxc

Michelle Ogrodnik, “Sweat so you don't forget: Using exercise breaks to enhance learning and memory,” February 23, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-vHsUUtbqM

Jennifer Heisz, “Research in the NeuroFit Lab on interventions to prevent dementia,” January 26, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWoWneLvYdo

Michelle Ogrodnik, “Can exercise breaks boost student learning?” SSHRC Storytellers Research Communication Challenge, April 19, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jZtaCDyByE

Matthew Berry, “Scientifically quantifying the craft of acting,” April, 30, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpDNnDQLva8

McMaster University 3MT® Competition Playlists, including Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2018 3MT® Competition, June 27, 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/user/McMasterSGS/playlists

 

Links to Videos from IEEE IMS 3MT® Competitions

Videos from the inaugural IEEE IMS 3MT® Competition, 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVXVJvkEq8EVV2hq1Lw8JmAQn_FWPaAfL

Videos from the second IEEE IMS 3MT® Competition, 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVXVJvkEq8EXJ3aaLLUV2KJRiW326nZQ5

 

3MT® Preparation & Links

3MT® presentations from around the world:

https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/watch-3mt

10 Hints for Improving Presentations for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT ™) Competition:

https://grad.uwo.ca/doc/recruitment_retention/3MT_hints.pdf

 Making the Most of Your Three Minutes:

https://grad.uwo.ca/doc/recruitment_retention/3MT_guide.pdf

How to Sell Your Thesis (in Three Minutes or Less):

https://thesiswhisperer.com/2010/07/01/how-to-sell-your-thesis-in-3-minutes-or-less/

If I Am To Speak Ten Minutes, I Need a Week for Preparation; If an Hour, I Am Ready Now:

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/03/01/short-speech/

 “Annie Arnold Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition,” April 14, 2015:

https://www.cmu.edu/mcs/news-events/2015/0413-3MT-Annie-Arnold.html

 

Workshops

 J.W. Bandler, “From creativity to success via risk and setback: an insider’s perspective,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, April 11, 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYOrhiN3NCU

J.W. Bandler, “Effective presentations,” Professional Session: Preparing and Presenting Papers for MTT-S Journals and Conferences, IEEE MTT-S Int. Microwave Symp., San Francisco, CA, May 25, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gh9m4Vn-zs

J.W. Bandler, “You, you slides and your posters: allies or foes,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, November 4, 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtSTppBXbPg

 J.W. Bandler and A. Kovacevic, “Clear, brief, engaging: your thesis in three minutes,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, January 24, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Vv5XKHHlg

J.W. Bandler and A. Kovacevic, “Ana Kovacevic pitches the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, February 10, 2017.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ItTaXoJE8

J.W. Bandler, E.M. Kiley, and A. Kovacevic, “The art of effectively communicating complex, highly technical work in three minutes,” IEEE MTT-S Webinar, March 28, 2017.

https://t.co/iCsHW8vnRm

J.W. Bandler, M. Ogrodnik, and D. Tajik, “Clear, brief, engaging: your thesis in three minutes,” McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, February 13, 2018.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hhNHXlNLvE&t=403s

J.W. Bandler, E.M. Kiley, and D. Tajik, “Communicating your highly technical work to non-specialists in three short minutes,” IEEE MTT-S Webinar, March 13, 2018.

https://goo.gl/AM1ZUA

 

Articles

 J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “In the first few blinks of an eye: the basics of engaging presentations,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 112-114, Mar./Apr. 2017. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7843707

 J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “Brevity, clarity, engagement: the IMS2017 Three Minute Thesis Competition,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 85-87, May 2017. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=7893030

J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “The clarity of hindsight: the first ever IMS Three Minute Thesis competition,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 19, no.1, pp. 116-123, Jan./Feb. 2018. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=8186389

J.W. Bandler and E.M. Kiley, “Moving forward with clarity: the second IMS 3MT competition,” IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 59-60, May 2018. https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=8331328

 

Three Minute Thesis, The University of Queensland, Australia.

See https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/home

 

3MT® Competitor Guide

 See https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/3mt-competitor-guide

 

3MT® Competition Rules

 See https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/competition-rules

 

3MT® Judging Criteria

 See https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au/resources/judging-criteria

 

Further Information

Three Minute Thesis at IMS2018.

https://ims2018.org/authors-organizers/competitions/3mt

What is 3MT®, Why is it Beneficial, How is it Judged, and How to Prepare.

https://ims2018.org/authors-organizers/competitions/3mt/3mt-add