“I had heard a lot of good things about this workshop, but it really was amazing!”

GRK2162: Neurodevelopment and Vulnerability of the Central Nervous System, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, May 2019

“The facilitator had a really motivating way of teaching”

BayWISS-Verbundkolleg “Social Change”, University of Bamberg, June 2019

“I really felt comfortable, yet challenged”

BayWISS-Verbundkolleg “Social Change”, University of Bamberg, June 2019

“The facilitator created an environment that reduced the fear of presenting in English”

BayWISS-Verbundkolleg “Social Change”, University of Bamberg, June 2019

“This was a wonderful workshop – it was enjoyable and very helpful”

BayWISS-Verbundkolleg “Social Change”, University of Bamberg, June 2019

“Doing the presentations again on the last day, you can really see the effect of the workshop”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, May 2019

“The small class size is perfect. It ensures everyone has a chance to get involved throughout the course”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, May 2019

“It was exactly what I needed”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, May 2019

“It really helped to give the presentation more structure and context”

GRK2162: Neurodevelopment and Vulnerability of the Central Nervous System, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, May 2019

“Really clear examples and good tools to improve presentation skills”

Women in Academia Mentoring Programme, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, April 2019

“Great facilitator – very clear, friendly and empathetic; focused on the needs of the participants”

Women in Academia Mentoring Programme, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, April 2019

“The atmosphere was great and I was able to try things out without being afraid”

Women in Academia Mentoring Programme, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, April 2019

“I really have the feeling that my presentation skills improved”

IZKF, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, April 2019

“Great, motivated facilitator. She really brought out the strengths in each person”

IZKF, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, April 2019

“Every part of this course was useful”,

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, June 2018

“I really liked that there were so many opportunities to speak in front of an audience and to get so much practice”

GRK1600 “Key signals of adaptive immune response”, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“The individual feedback was very honest and every individual received valuable criticism. It was highly personalized and greatly encouraging.”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, June 2018

“The facilitator was amazing, very knowledgeable and really engaged the students”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, June 2018

“I enjoyed the course a lot and even lost my fear of speaking in front of people!”

GRK1600 “Key signals of adaptive immune response”, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“Not only did I get new input about how to give a nice presentation, I also had a lot of fun. Thank you!”

GRK1600 “Key signals of adaptive immune response”, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“This course was even more useful than I was expecting, and I was expecting a lot”,

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, June 2018

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.

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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