WaterLeadership: Create engaging virtual presentations

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, the Water Institute, presents, "Create engaging virtual presentations" with special guest, Elise Vist from the UW Writing and Communication Centre.

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In the era of Covid-19, many conferences, workshops, and in-person events have moved online. This trend is expected to continue into the future. As such, you may be asked to present your research in a virtual format. This creates many new challenges that can be difficult to navigate. While many presentation skills and best practices apply to both in-person and virtual presentations, expert presenters understand the importance of adjusting their approach to ensure connection with a virtual audience. 

In this webinar, you will learn how to prepare virtual presentations that effectively describe your research in a short amount of time. This training session will give you the tools to narrow down the key elements of your research and create a short, engaging message to share with diverse virtual audiences.

Guest speakers:

  • Elise Vist, University of Waterloo Writing and Communication Centre

Learning objectives:

  • Create presentations that cater to your intended audience
  • Implement strategies for keeping your audience engaged in a virtual setting
  • Implement basic principles of visual design to improve your slide decks
  • Tips for effectively delivering effective remote presentations

Who should take this training:

Researchers who want to learn how to give engaging virtual presentations with well-designed visuals. 

Online resources:


Registration is required. Please register here using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the WaterLeadership Online Training Course is only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of modules.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Julie Grant (j26grant@uwaterloo.ca)