This seminar will usually focus BOTH on presenting in physical AND in online contexts. If your institution prefers, we can focus on only one of the two scenarios.
We also offer this content as a series of four webinars (see there).
As a leader you will frequently have to convince your counterpart about specific issues, often in form of a presentation. It is essential to perform excellently within the few minutes given. Be it in front of your team, of your superiors, your clients, project partners, or potential customers.
Based on your performance your audience will decide whether they consider you trustworthy and competent, and whether they can and want to further follow you. Besides clarity of content and relevance of topic, it is your body language and voice as well as the quality of your slides that matter.
In this seminar you will train your skills in the three core areas of convincing scientific talks – in a safe environment:
1. Prepare Clear Content
Many scientific presentations suffer from too little clarity and too much content. The result is a lecturer running through the slides, losing the audience at the very beginning. You should instead learn to deliver a clear presentation by setting dis-tinct goals and finding vivid examples that make your talk memorable.
2. Design Proper Slides
Today's leading standard for visualization in scientific presentations is Power-Point: a powerful tool, however, often poorly used. Lecturers frequently try to remind themselves what they wanted to say by reading their own bullets – thereby facing the projection screen instead of their audience. With overfilled, graphically cluttered, visually incoherent slides they try to support their speech. Do better!
3. Be Convincing on Stage
With your body language and spoken word stands or falls your talk. Aside valuable content you must be able to deliver it in a convincing way that motivates your audience to follow you. Many great researchers miss this chance and obligation. You will give an example of your talk, receive feedback, learn from a video recording of it, and you will know how to do better, if necessary.
Trainer input, practical exercises, participants’ presentations, break out sessions, small group work, and discussion. Each participant will conduct a short 3-5 minutes’ presentation twice (an excerpt of a larger one), receive feedback by peers and trainer and learn from a video recording. If conducted online: The presentation will be done standing or sitting in front of the computer, the slides being in front of the presenter on the computer screen, not behind him/her projected at a wall. This procedure has been proven working very well to create high quality feedback even in this online training scenario.