Advanced Technical Presentation 2: Design and Delivery Skills

02 May 2017
Cancellation deadline:
24 April 2017
Damian Conway

No future instance of this course is planned yet


The "Advanced Technical Presentation: Core Techniques" class taught at SIB on Monday 1 May 2017 covers the fundamentals of giving great presentations. In this new class, Damian Conway delves even deeper into the art and science of presentation, revealing many additional subtle and sophisticated techniques that can lift your presentations from "great" to "extraordinary".

In this class we'll first explore a series of advanced presentation structures that can help sustain your audience's interest, engagement, and investment in your presentation: "The Rule of Three", conflict and contrast, planned failure, false endings, motifs, and structural reinforcement techniques.

Then we'll examine the principles of visual design as applied to your presentation slides: symmetry, alignment, intentionality, minimalism, incremental display, masking, physicality, and focus. In particular, we'll look at a dozen specific ways you can apply these critical ideas to the practical design and rendering of slide templates, text, code, data, diagrams, images, charts, and tables.

Finally, we'll decode the secrets of effective and compelling stagecraft: how to set up a room to maximize your impact, how to grab and hold an audience right from the start, the three keys to confidence and control, how to transcend your performance anxiety, developing a better speaking voice, and the essential kinaesthetics of communication.

This class is taught by Damian Conway, a well-known speaker and lecturer (see his official biography or his Wikipedia page). Damian already lectured at SIB several times, and consistently received amazing feedback about his courses.


Anyone who has to present in front of an audience.


Participants should ideally have followed the course "Advanced Technical Presentation 1: Core Techniques" that is taught the day before (25 April 2016), or one of the sessions organized in previous years. This is not an obligation, however.


The registration fee for academics is 100 CHF, otherwise 300 CHF. This includes printed course material.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 24 April. Participants who cancel after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available at

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.


University of Lausanne

Additional information

Coordination: Frédéric Schütz, Training group at SIB

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