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.


46th Annual Convention; Washington DC; 2020

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Workshop #W90
CE Offered: BACB
Improving Public Speaking and Presentation Skills for Professional Behavior Analysts
Friday, May 22, 2020
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
To Be Determined
Area: TBA; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Jessica Foster Juanico, Ph.D.
JESSICA FOSTER JUANICO (University of Kansas), MEGAN R. HEINICKE (California State University, Sacramento), TYRA PAIGE SELLERS (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)
Description: Professional behavior analyst frequently engage in a variety of public speaking activities, no matter their role (e.g., academic, administrator, practitioner). Proficient public speaking and presentation are important skills for communicating powerful messages to a variety of professional audiences (Friman, 2014). For example, Friman urges behavior analysts to use “front of the room” opportunities to help achieve Skinner’s vision of disseminating our science to mainstream audiences. Public speaking is one of the most commonly reported human fears; therefore, individuals frequently avoid “front of the room” opportunities and changes to disseminate the science. This workshop focuses on increasing public speaking and presentation skills by 1) identifying barriers to fluent public speaking, 2) offering recommendations from interviews of 10 expert public speakers in our field, and 3) practicing behavior-analytic strategies to improve speech fluency. The content of this workshop does not reflect an official position of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will: (1) list and describe common barriers to effective public speaking and presenting, (2) list and describe a variety of recommended practices to help increase effective public speaking and presentation, and (3) learn, via modeling and practice, to implement specific strategies to increase speech fluency.
Activities: Workshop instructional strategies will include lecture, discussion, and breakout groups. Workshop objectives will be met through a balance of lecture, guided practice (i.e., modeling and practice), and group discussion. Supplemental materials (e.g., copy of presentation slides) will be provided to support participant learning.
Audience: The target audience is BCBAs and BCBA-Ds who are interested in increasing their knowledge of public speaking practices and proficiency of their public speaking skills. The format will combine lecture, small group activities, and guided practice.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Advanced
Keyword(s): effective dissemination, expert interviews, public speaking, recommendations



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