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.

30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

Workshop Details


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Workshop #W37
CE Offered: None
Improve Your Oral Presentations
Friday, May 28, 2004
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Beacon D
Area: PRA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Ned Carter, M.Ed.
NED CARTER (Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala, Sweden), THOMAS E. BOYCE (University of Nevada, Reno), KENNETH NILSSON (Beteendeanalysgruppen, Uppsala, Sweden)
Description: Oral presentations play an essential role in individual success in both the public and private sectors. 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.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Identify high probability audience behaviors and requests. Identify 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, 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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