Professional Communication

How to Communicate Successfully, Creating High Quality Relationships

2-days seminar, online or on-site

For up to 14 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, in German or English

Your Benefit

To be successful in your PhD, postdoc or any other professional context in future, excellent communication skills are indispensable. It applies to discussions with supervisors, project members, colleagues, to scientific presentations or job interviews, to dialogues with superiors, subordinates, or clients. Often, our communication is suffering from misunderstandings, unclarity, missing openness, and the inability to address conflicts.

You will learn how to prepare and conduct difficult conversations. You will learn to assess the effects of different behaviours. You will find out how you come across to others and how you can further improve your current communicative skills.


  • Extension and improvement of individual communicative abilities
  • Awareness of own communication styles and preferences
  • Ability to give, receive, and use feedback
  • Ability to understand and apply important communication models and strategies
  • Exercises, exchange, and feedback sessions with other participants


  • Understanding and applying basic models and strategies
  • Communicating clearly: The Four-Sides-Model by Schulz von Thun
  • Responding appropriately: The Four-Ears-Model
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • The art of active listening
  • Criticise effectively: I- versus You-messages
  • The influence of body language
  • Preparing and leading difficult conversations
  • Dealing with emotions of yourself and your counterpart
  • Learning from other participants' feedback on your appearance
  • Discussing real situations from your contexts


Trainer input; self-reflection; individual, partner, and group exercises; role plays; mutual feedback amongst participants; brief presentations by participants; group reflection. Also, the online version is very interactive, use of breakout sessions, participants are actively involved.

Exemplary Evaluation

for Graduate Academy Tübingen - on-site

Former Participants say


One of my best experiences

Thank you for the amazing course. It was indeed one of my best experiences.
With a simple, vivid as well as professional way you managed to cover all the important topics how to successfully present scientific talks. There are some “secrets of success” that I was not aware.
Definitely, after your guidance I know how to give an excellent talk and my audience go back home happy for deeply understanding the take home message of my presentation.

Dimitra Vlachokosta , PhD student at IGBMC, France - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

You will never regret this decision!

[...] the 2 days online seminar on conducting scientific talks [...] is extremely worthy of visit. [...] 2 main reasons why [...] Firstly, during this seminar, I could gain a very good understanding of what makes scientific presentations convincing. [...] Secondly, I had an opportunity to give a presentation during the seminar [...] got quite valuable [...] feedback [...]

I felt like I was sitting at the real classroom even though it`s online [...]

I benefited a lot during this seminar. [...] I received a lot of valuable feedbacks about giving talks on stage. I would strongly recommend you to attend this seminar. You will never regret this decision!

Nan Zhang , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar

I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent [...] Strongly recommended!

The two-day online course on scientific presentation was really useful for me. [...] I could raise my presentation skills from good to excellent. [...] it worked really well online. [...] Matthias was very engaging and the course was very interactive. [...]

What I found most special about this course is the very individualized feedback that each of us received on multiple aspects of presentation. Recording a video of us while presenting and then watching it and discussing it individually with Matthias was a very unique and useful experience which one rarely ever has when presenting in real life. [...]

I am really looking forward to my next talk [...] Strongly recommended!

Wala Jaser , PhD Student, University of Tübingen - Participant of 2-days Online Presentation Skills Seminar
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