Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W39
CE Offered: None
Improve Your Oral Presentations
Friday, May 26, 2006
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Ned Carter, Ph.D.
NED CARTER (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Stockholm, Sweden), KENNETH NILSSON (Behavior Analysis Group, Sweden), THOMAS E. BOYCE (Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC)
Description: Oral presentations play an essential role in individual success in both the public and private sectors. The workshop content is based on detailed practical analyses of speaker and audience behavior. Truly effective speakers conduct a dialogue with their audience, preparing themselves to control and to be controlled by their audience. This workshop will assist participants in identifying variables initiating and maintaining audience attention, interest and participation. Emphasis is placed on using the principles of behavior analysis, particularly the analysis of verbal behavior, to improve speaker behavior. The workshop has been offered annually since 1999 and the majority of attendees have rated the workshop as excellent.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to - Identify high probability audience behaviors and requests - Use multiple techniques to initiate and promote audience participation - Deal with situations such as stage fright, "losing your place" and aggressive questioning - Identify and control extraneous stimuli in order to maximize audience attention.
Activities: The workshop is interactive and active participation is encouraged. Techniques for creating better overheads, PowerPoint slides and presentation figures will be described. Participants will take part in a series of exercises and structured role-play sessions. Course content will be adapted to the interests of participants.
Audience: Behavior analysts who desire to improve their presentation skills at meetings, conferences and in teaching. The workshop is appropriate for both novices and experienced public speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring real-life examples for use in role-playing exercises.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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