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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Workshop #W66
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELLED: Improving Public Speaking Skills for Dissemination-Focused Presentations
Friday, May 26, 2023
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Convention Center 406/407
Area: TBA/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Derek Reed, Ph.D.
Derek Reed (University of Kansas), Matthew Laske (University of Kansas)
Description: Behavior analysts routinely speak in front of interdisciplinary teams, collaborators, peers, and colleagues. Whether presenting research or advocating behavioral practices, public speaking is a job requirement for many behavior analysts. Yet, behavior analytic training often excludes this critical skillset. Beyond the importance of representing themselves well, behavior analysts often find themselves needing to convince outside professionals of the legitimacy of their science or practice, placing the behavior analyst in an even more substantial role as ambassador of the discipline. This workshop provides foundational knowledge and strategies for professional-level public speaking (both in-person and online), as well as reviews the current behavioral literature on improving public speaking. Topics covered include: planning for public addresses, outline a successful story to tell, slide deck development, stage presence, and general trips and strategies to handle public speaking. Attendees will leave the workshop with timelines to prepare talks, outlines and templates for creating presentation story boards, and tips for delivering impressive and memorable presentations. This workshop will not provide training on specific slide deck software platforms, however. A unique aspect of this workshop is that it provides a behavior analytic approach to public speaking; references to behavioral studies will be provided, and content generated and provided by the workshop speakers will be grounded in relevant behavioral research.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the important roles that behavior analysts play in disseminating the field's science and practice via public speaking; (2) provide a review of existing behavior analytic research on how behavior analysts successfully disseminate information in public forms; (3) describe successful strategies for outlining and planning talks, and tips for delivering effective presentations.
Activities: Workshop Activities: Workshop objectives will be met through a combination of didactic instruction, small group activities, and larger group discussions. Core content will be taught through lecture, in-vivo demonstrations, and video-based models. Tangible tip sheets will be provided to support implementation of skillsets outside the training environment.
Audience: Basic: anyone planning or preparing a professional presentation to deliver to non-behavior analysts is appropriate.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): dissemination, presentation skills, public speaking



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