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1 QUT Careers and Employment Successful speaking Dr Shari Walsh Postgraduate Careers Counsellor

2 Services for Students Careers Fairs  Careers and Futures Fair  Education Careers Fair  International Careers Fair  Virtual Careers Fair Career Mentor Scheme Career Counselling Specialising in:  Undergraduate  Postgraduate  International Graduate Outcomes Job Seeking Resources Job Vacancy Lists – Register with CareerHub!  Casual Jobs  Graduate/postgraduate jobs  Jobs whilst studying  Vacation Jobs  Workshops On-Campus Company Presentations Resource Guides and Publications Work Experience Insurance Workshops and Workbooks Resume Checking  Response in 5 working days  Email Access to Going Global

3 Agenda… – Welcome & Introductory activity – Self-understanding – Networking - tips, getting started, and practice – Presentations – confirmation, conferences

4 My reaction to presenting… Scale of 1 - 7 TerrifyingCan’t wait! What are your key thoughts/feelings when you are told you have to do a presentation? Discuss in small groups

5 What happens when we are anxious?

6 Fight/flight/ or freeze response (Walter Cannon) activated in the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system which controls blood vessels, smooth muscle, & glands Pulse rateDigestion BreathingCognitive ability

7 Top 10 reasons people fear public speaking 1. Fear Of Failure - Don't want to fail. 2. Self Doubt - Don't think they are capable of speaking in front of an audience. 3. Vulnerability - Feel scared and alone when standing on a stage with everyone's eyes focused on them. 4. Personal Disabilities - For example, you have a stutter or you have a disfigured face, and believe that others will laugh at them. 5. Fear Of Other People Judging You - Feel uncomfortable that others may be forming an opinion of them.

8 Top 10 reasons cont’d 6. Perfectionism/Expecting Too Much Of Yourself - Overwhelmed by the fact that everything has to be perfect that they don't do it at all. 7. Fear Of A Large Audience - Standing in front of tens, hundreds, even thousands of people. 8. Lack Of Preparation - Not prepared enough to deliver a speech 9. Stress - of public speaking 10. Don't Know How To - Do not know how to write, prepare for and deliver a speech. Article Source:


10 Strategies

11 Prepare... Write dot-points Practice your presentation & get honest feedback Visit room beforehand Visualise yourself giving the presentation Don’t say too much – focus on what is important Relax or energise yourself

12 During Have a friend (or two) in the room Realise people want you to succeed Keep focus on the message not the audience BREATHE

13 Quick practice Groups of 3 – 4 Topic card

14 What I feel about networking… Scale of 1 - 7 TerrifyingCan’t wait! What are your key thoughts/feelings when you hear the word – networking? Discuss in small groups

15 Why is it important to network? To make new contacts and build mutually beneficial relationships Tap into the hidden job market To find out about what a role involves To enable you to get the right outcome for you Potentially extend your work into a different area Opportunity to look for collaboration More input on the design and direction of your future work

16 Types of Networking In/Formal events (like this one) – Seminars, professional associations Social networking sites – MySpace – LinkedIn – FaceBook Through people you already know – contacting, meeting, or being introduced to people

17 Networking humour

18 Where do I start?

19 What are the top 10 networking topics?

20 The top 10 best networking topics 1.Weather 2.The Function 3.Sport 4.Work 5.Travel/holidays 6.What you have been doing recently 7.Current news/events 8.Food and lifestyle (pets etc) 9.Health and fitness 10.Environment

21 Activity Networking cards

22 Some things to think about Did you introduce yourself? Did you find anything you have in common? Did you make a connection with anyone?

23 Professional networking REMEMBER: Networking is about creating mutually beneficial relationships What’s in it for me? information about my career foot in the door What’s in it for them? up to date information interest in their career

24 Stretch Panic Comfort

25 Avoid PANIC Breathe... Set a reasonable expectation for yourself But I’m shy – Extroverts need to be careful too

26 It doesn’t just happen Be PREPARED – good networking doesn’t just happen – Look up the conference attendees – Research them – Contact beforehand? Prepare an statement about yourself (aka 30 second pitch) – Key points about yourself/your skills/your degree Cultural differences

27 Networking tips Good firm handshake Introduce yourself Be willing to talk about yourself – (a little) Be interested in the conversation Ask questions – what, how, etc – Avoid why – Re-phrase or probe for more information

28 What can I ask? Can you give me a brief description of your work/career? What do you most enjoy about your career/job? What have been your key achievements? What future direction are you planning? What key skills would someone need to start working in this area? What advice would you give to someone wanting to start in this career?

29 Entering a group If people are leaning in towards each other they are probably gossiping –stay away If leaning out OK to approach! Pick a group that has spaces for you to slot in to Within 30 secs someone should notice you so if not move on

30 Exit routines Don’t worry about leaving others Take the person with you Off load them to someone else by taking them to someone you know When leaving say thank you for............... So lovely to meet you I promised myself I’m going to meet 8 people tonight...................

31 Food, drink and you Etiquette about eating, drinking, and talking – Eat before you go Don’t eat and talk at the same time Are breakfast meetings really for breakfast?

32 Ten tips for networking 1.Don't network just to network 2.Start small and build it 3.Stop apologising 4.Be prepared 5.Be yourself 6.Tap into your passions 7.Always ask – information, introductions 8.Be a good listener 9.Follow up & be generous 10.Never eat alone! From Inc. Magazine, Jan 2003 – Tahl Raz

33 A final word Dress appropriately Play the part Act confident Get business cards

34 It's not just about what you know, it's not just about who you know It's about what you know and it's about who you know

35 Let’s practice during the break

36 Contact Careers and Employment LOCATION Gardens Point Campus: Level 2, U Block (Above the Art Museum) Level 2, X Block Reception: Room X226 Kelvin Grove Campus: Level 4, C Block (Above the Refectory) OPENING HOURS Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm EMAIL WEBSITE PHONE Gardens Point: 07 3138 2649 Kelvin Grove: 07 3138 3488 U BLOCK, GP X BLOCK, GP C BLOCK, KG C BLOCK, CA

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