Connection, Not Perfection: Presenting Your Research in 10 Minutes

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Location: Entrepreneurial Hub, Room 002


Connection, Not Perfection will help you hone your public speaking skills by focusing on both the substance of your message and the way in which it is delivered. Led by John Weeren and Stephanie Whetstone of Princeton Writes, this interactive workshop offers guidance on how to forge a connection with your audience, even when its members are unfamiliar with your field. Following a discussion of best practices, you will have an opportunity to develop and deliver the introduction to your presentation – the most important segment – and then receive constructive feedback from the instructors and your peers.

This workshop is open to Princeton undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and researchers. This session is particularly geared towards students and researchers who are presenting at Princeton Research Day on May 11th!


About the Speakers

John S. Weeren is founding director of Princeton Writes. Through classes, tutorials, and other forms of support, as well as an interactive website (, Princeton Writes is committed to fostering a culture that values the written word and uses it effectively in the workplace and other non-academic settings. Launched in 2013, this program traces its beginnings to a class John designed for the Office of Human Resources’ Management Development Certificate Program while serving as President Shirley M. Tilghman’s speechwriter. The popularity of this class and those that followed confirmed the need for a University-wide resource of this kind, and at the end of President Tilghman’s tenure, John made Princeton Writes his full-time focus. John holds a bachelor’s degree with first class honors in history and Spanish from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University and a master’s degree in history from the University of British Columbia, and he wrote extensively in both academic and professional contexts before joining President Tilghman’s staff in 2004.

Stephanie Whetstone is the assistant director of Princeton Writes. Among other contributions, she helps provide writing and speaking workshops, outlets for creative writers cleverly disguised as Princeton employees, and one-on-one advising for any non-academic writing needs. Stephanie previously taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the university and community college level, and has worked with the Duke University Creative Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction has been published in several journals, and she has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.