10 March 2020
Cancellation deadline:
06 March 2020
Damian Conway
Academic: 100 CHF
For-profit: 400 CHF

No future instance of this course is planned yet


The Advanced Technical Presentation: Core Techniques class taught at SIB on Monday 9 March 2020 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.


Knowledge / competencies

Participants should ideally have followed the course Advanced Technical Presentation 1: Core Techniques that is taught the day before (9 March 2020), or one of the sessions organized in previous years. This is not an obligation, however.


You do not need to bring anything for this course.


The registration fee for academics is 100 CHF, or 400 CHF otherwise. This includes printed course material. For members of the EPFL, the cost is 70 CHF (as EPFL participates in the cost of the course).

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 24 February 2020; 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 general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

University of Lausanne.

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.

Additional information

This course is co-organized by the SIB and the EPFL.

Coordination: Frédéric Schütz, SIB training group

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For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.