Presentation Skills - Managing Audience Effectively

Oct 16, 2019 09:00 AM to Oct 17, 2019 05:00 PM

Graduate Center

Target Group:

All doctoral candidates and postdocs (for two years after finishing their doctorate) from Germany and abroad.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 09:00 a.m. - 05:30 p.m.

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.


Dr. Michael Jäger


Working in a scientific community you have already realized the importance of publishing your work. Getting attention is crucial for your vocational success as is building a network and staying ahead in your area of research. To get attention in your field of expertise you can rely on two related skills:

1) writing comprehensive and well-researched articles and

2) giving talks and addressing audiences at international conferences.

The latter is well worth some training, because it is not only important what you say, but how you say it, how the audience responds to you as a person, how you support your content with the right structure and nonverbal behaviour. That is why presentation skills matter - not only for managers, sales agents or politicians, but also for researchers and lecturers.

During the course each participant will perform up to six presentations and receive feedback from trainer, trainees and via video.

The following topics are at the core of the workshop:

  • verbal communication and the power of the voice
  • nonverbal communication
  • effective usage of different media
  • simulation of different situations, dealing with stress and stage fright, team presentations and standing in front of a critical audience

Course Preparation:

You'll be giving five presentations during this course. Two of these need some preparation before the course starts: Please prepare one presentation of about 6-8 minutes as a personal introduction and a second presentation about your current research (8-10 minutes). You will be filmed while giving your presentations to discuss your performance. Please bring a 4 GB-USB stick to get the videos afterwards. I will not keep or share any videos after the course.


Registrations are welcome until 25 September 2019 via our online portal. We will then determine whether the minimum number of 6 participants has been reached. Should the minimum number of participants not have been reached, the event will not take place due to financial reasons. Once the minimum number of participants has been reached, further registrations are possible until 8 days previous to the beginning of the event.

Please note:

There are 12 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message you cannot participate in this course.

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