I recently gave this short talk as a part of the second annual Harvard Horizons symposium. The application process involved a written and video submission followed by presenting a 5 minute talk to the selection committee during an interview. 8 of us were selected to represent the breadth and depth of graduate student research in Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. You can read profiles of all 8 Horizons Scholars here.
In preparation for the symposium we worked with various people from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. We were luck to be able to work on content, visuals, physical and vocal presence with different coaches and receive lots of feedback on our talks in the process. I learned a huge amount about myself as a speaker and presenter.
The best part of the whole process was getting to know the other scholars and discussing our work as an incredibly diverse group. It is a real treat to step outside your discipline and hear a totally different perspective on your research as well as think about other's work that is so different from your own! On the whole it was a wonderful experience and I feel very lucky to have been able to be a part of it.