Grad Slam Public Speaking Preparation

Catherine Carlstroem

Catherine Carlstroem

Humanities and Public Speaking Lecturer, Cowell Core Course Instructor
UC Santa Cruz

Day, Date, Time

Graduate Student Commons, 204

Core CompetenciesWriting & Communication

This brief workshop provides an overview of strategies and best practices for public speaking, including managing anxiety, key delivery techniques, and composition tips for crafting clearer and more focused speeches, with an emphasis on the parameters of the Grad Slam’s short presentations.  It will include some interactive personalized exercises. IF YOU HAVE YOUR GRAD SLAM TALK AND ONE OPTIONAL SLIDE READY TO PRACTICE FOR A PRELIMINARY DIVISIONAL ROUND FEBRUARY 13-17, YOU MAY PRACTICE YOUR TALK (WITH YOUR OPTIONAL ONE POWERPOINT SLIDE) FOR FEEDBACK FROM CATHERINE CARLSTROEM AT EITHER WORKSHOP. If attending in person, bring your laptop to join the Zoom meeting to share your slide via screen share, if you have a slide.

UCSC faculty and alum Catherine Carlstroem (PhD American Literature) is a longtime lecturer in Humanities at UCSC (over 30 years) and has enjoyed teaching public speaking for over 10 of these. Along with teaching, she coordinates the Cowell Core Course.


Day, Date
Time Pacific


Graduate Student Commons, 204 or Zoom


Graduate Division


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