Communicating Competitors

By Simon Bordenave

Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC) is a unique competition for promoting research on development and scaling up innovative projects. The competition aims to unearth new talent and support innovative ideas and research on development. The main and unique purpose of the competition is to channel funds to where individual talented researcher of which funding cannot reach.

Participants during the Awards and Medals workshop: Presentation skilss

Awards and Medals training- GDNet Research Communications Capacity Building Program for 2013 in Manila

Researchers who were carefully selected and will compete for the Global Awards and Competitions- also known, as Finalists- will present their research at the GDN 14th Annual Conference on Inequality, Social Protection and inclusive growth in Manila. Finalists will be asked to make their pitch throughout the 3 days of the conference June 19-21, 2013. How they pitch their presentations is crucial to them competing. Having said that, finalists attended a pre-conference workshop to help sharpen their presentation skills to the selection committee and conference audience. This workshop is part of the GDNet Research Communications Capacity Building Program, facilitated in partnership with Commsconsult and Euforic Services.

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Winning…the hooray feeling!

What makes compelling communications? What is human about ourselves is what makes us passionate about our work, and ourselves. The way we present our work, and ourselves shapes how people think and perceive us. Presentation is crucial to the success of our work if not fundamental to its realization and attainment.

Martin Oteng-Ababio @ GDNet Presentation Skills for Awards & Medals Finalists

Martin Oteng-Ababio @ GDNet Presentation Skills for Awards & Medals Finalists

The GDNet Research Communications Workshop targeted to the GDN Awards and Medals finalists covers the basic, essential skills required by researchers to pitch their research findings to a wide audience, thus multiplying its outreach spectrum.

The overarching aim of the GDNet Research Communications Workshop is to zoom in and strengthen presentation skills and help researchers become better communicators. Crafting presentations, identifying internal tones of voice, developing key messages, getting ready for elevators pitches, and creating “stay-behind-documents” are among the learning outcomes of the first day.

Finalists are asked to pitch their research findings and ideas to a committee in a competition with their peers for rewarding research grants. Nevertheless, “victory and loss are not endpoints or final destinations, but gateways to something of immense importance to us: the affirmation of our place in the world.” (Francesco Duina, University of Princeton).

All great ideas are simple at heart.

Good luck to all finalists!