“This is a very complete workshop in which we learn how to really deliver a good presentation. We are given many tips and we actually practice how to get better.”

GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, March 2021

“This course totally met my expectations. It was interactive and we were able to try out new things without being judged negatively. Instead we received very constructive criticism.”

GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, March 2021

“I really liked that we learned how to deal with online presentations because few people have a lot of experience in that area.”

GRK2504 ‘Novel antiviral approaches’, University Hospital Erlangen, March 2021

“A really nice workshop on scientific communication - The skills I obtained here will help me for sure in my PhD and future career, too.”

Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences, January 2021

“This is very useful workshop for people who want to improve their presentation skills or who are scared to do the presentations.”

Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences, January 2021

“Great workshop, I can recommend it. Deborah is a very kind and patient teacher, she gave me full confidence in my ability to give a presentation.”

Göttingen Graduate Center for Neurosciences, Biophysics and Molecular Biosciences, January 2021

“It was so helpful to receive feedback on the delivery and not just on the content.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“Very professional, high level and tailored to the participants.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“Great flow and balance between theory and practice.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“The content was very useful and not 'fluffy' as in some courses.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“Doing the presentations twice was really useful. It gave me a chance to put the feedback into practice and see what impact this had.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“This was not just another workshop of reading stuff off a power point presentation. The engagement with the participants was great and I felt very included.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“I only have good things to say about this course. The instructor keeps a very positive outlook on things, which helps to make a diverse group feel very comfortable.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“Super effective and very interactive! 7 hours didn’t feel too much.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“I would have missed so much if I hadn’t got the chance to attend this course. Now I am much more confident in giving presentations.”

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, September 2020

“The one-to-one focused attention was the key to helping us improve. Practical suggestions for improvements were really useful.”

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, September 2020

“The feedback the instructor gave us was EXCELLENT!”

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, September 2020

“Every part of this course was successful and useful.”

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, September 2020

“The workshop was really good – I learned a lot more than expected.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

“It was great how the feedback was really personalized for each individual.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

“The course was really practical and we were able to try things out in relaxed surroundings.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

“The focus on both content and delivery was really helpful.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

“You really took the time to give each person really constructive individual feedback.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

“I now feel much more confident presenting.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, December 2020

Training:
Giving a
memorable
presentation

Presentations offer a unique opportunity to share research, gain immediate feedback and make valuable contacts. However, delivering a presentation in a second language can be a daunting experience. Some researchers worry about language accuracy or dread the unpredictable question and answer session. Others are unfamiliar with presentation structure or unaware of key delivery techniques. BETA training addresses these concerns and provides participants with extensive guided practice to improve their presentation skills and build their confidence.

All courses are available online
All courses are available online
Overview
This workshop aims to help participants present their research with conviction and confidence. Participants are introduced to key techniques in the design and delivery of presentations and will put these techniques into practice by giving a short presentation on their own work. Detailed individual feedback is given throughout the workshop and each participant leaves with their own personal development plan.
Target group
Post-graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty members. Training can be provided for both individuals and small groups (max. 8) from a post-graduate programme, research group or university department.
Course content

The workshop consists of two key strands, one focusing on the underlying structure of a presentation and the other on delivery.

Structural component:

  • Knowing your audience
  • Identifying your key message
  • Making a strong opening
  • Selecting key points
  • Closing effectively

Delivery component:

  • Using your voice effectively
  • Adopting confident body language
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Dealing with difficult questions
Method
Participants prepare a short 10-minute presentation before the workshop. Key techniques are introduced, using videos to underline the relevant ideas. Participants are then guided through the process of critically evaluating and modifying their own presentation, after which they deliver the presentation to the group. All group members offer extensive individual feedback and the focus then turns to delivery, with a series of practical exercises to develop awareness of effective use of voice and body language. The small group size fosters a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can feel comfortable trying out new techniques.
Course Format/Duration

Workshops typically consist of ten 90-minute units, although this can be modified according to individual requirements. Whilst the format is flexible, two options are particularly popular:

Standard:
The standard format consists of two 90-minute units per day over five days (e.g. Monday to Friday, 09:00-12:15). This provides the maximum opportunity for participants to practice their delivery in the afternoons, maximising individual progress.

Intensive:
This format comprises two full days (e.g. 09:00-16:30) and one half-day (e.g. 09:00-12:15). This option is appropriate for those with limited time available.

Course fees
Course fees vary according to the duration of the course and the number of participants involved. Fee for standard course (ten 90-minute units and 12 participants): €1750 + expenses (travel, accommodation, printing of handouts)
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