Each year, the Global Development Network (GDN) hold an Awards and Medals competition dedicated to promoting research on development from researchers in the Global South. With the support of the Government of Japan, this competition seeks to unearth new talent and support innovative ideas on development. Hundreds of papers are submitted annually covering a range of issues including global health concerns, pro-poor market reform and changes in global trade. From these papers finalists are selected and asked to present their research to a panel of judges at the Annual Conference.
Annually since 2010, during the run up to GDN’s Annual Conference, CommsConsult have been asked to run a workshop on Presentation Skills Training for the finalists. During the two-day course, participants are asked to practice their presentations with others and receive feedback on their use of visual aids, style and structure. The aim of this is to help them hone and develop their presentation and communication skills. These skills will then come under scrutiny with participants competing for honors based on the quality of their research.
Workshop overviews and some of the training materials can be found on the GDNet website. CommsConsult were also asked to put together a short video overview of GDN’s Awards and Medals research funding programme with workshop participants to promote future competitions, which you can watch here.