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Research Students Need to Think, ‘What’s my Story?’

Bingley, United Kingdom, 28 September 2015 – For a successful thesis pitch presentation, research students need to appeal as much to their audience’s emotions as to their intellect through emotionally connected storytelling, according to new research from Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition where postgraduate students are challenged to perform a compelling presentation on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes.

What started as a local competition at the University of Queensland in 2008 has since become an international phenomenon, with over 170 universities across 17 countries taking part with their own local and national competitions as well as a virtual tournament.

In the article ‘Three Minute Theatre: Principles and practice for scripting and performing Three Minute Thesis’, from the latest issue of the International Journal for Researcher Development, Dr Peter Copeman from the University of Canberra, explains: “As a research student, it’s hard enough to narrow your grand idea to a specific, manageable research problem. For a Three Minute Thesis presentation, you have to get it into one page. And pitch it in public!

“The solution is easier than you think,” he continues, “Stop thinking three minute thesis and start thinking three minute theatre. Tell a story.”
Emerald has produced an infographic called ‘Three Steps to your Perfect Pitch’which summarises the research. To view or share the content visit: http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/promo/thesis.htm 

Complimentary access to the original article is available until the end of October 2015.

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