Presentations offer a good opportunity to communicate your ideas and your research in academic (as well as non-academic) contexts. Yet, making a presentation effective requires a series of skills that are often difficult to put into practice when facing an unfamiliar audience, when speaking in English, or when feeling nervous and under pressure.
The purpose of this workshop is, therefore, to support you in developing your academic presentation skills in English while, at the same time, making you more confident about applying them in practice – e.g., at conferences or in other academic environments. For that, we will, on the one hand, discuss a series of important techniques to plan and deliver effective and forceful presentations (particularly in English) and will, on the other hand, consider how to avoid typical errors, how to handle difficult situations while presenting, and how to answer questions properly.
In order to make this workshop as useful for you as possible and to address your personal presentation style, you will be given the opportunity to give a short presentation (maximum 10 minutes) after the course (at a date to be arranged) and to receive peer and expert feedback on it. This presentation is voluntary, and the feedback will focus on how to reach a maximum communicative effect – e.g. through the adequate use of English, stylistic and rhetorical devices, your personal presence, structural organization, the use of voice, and the supportive integration of visual aids (such as PowerPoint). In the end, we will thus have developed a comprehensive checklist of criteria for presenting well in English.
The workshop is open to anyone interested in developing their presentation skills. Please note, though, that it will be taught in English. Thus, to participate and get the best out of it, you should be able to communicate reasonably well in English.
The seminar is aimed at doctoral candidates and postdocs.
Participation is only possible after prior registration in Stud.IP (71043) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.