“I’m 100% satisfied with the workshop.”

Trimberg Research Academy, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, February 2018

“The atmosphere was very good and extremely productive.”

IZKF Graduate School, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, November 2017

“The feedback was very individual and helpful.”

IZKF Graduate School, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, November 2017

“It was helpful to have such practical tips and opportunities for practice.”

Trimberg Research Academy, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, February 2018

“The small size of the group was perfect. It gave me confidence to experiment.”

IZKF Graduate School, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, November 2017

“It was so useful to get individual, really constructive feedback.”

Trimberg Research Academy, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, February 2018

“Giving the presentation twice and getting detailed feedback really helps to improve your presentation skills.”

Presentation skills workshop for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Erlangen University Hospital, April 2017

“Lots of interaction and involvement.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund June 2017

“I am very satisfied with the course – many details were uncovered that we don’t think about usually and the atmosphere was great.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund September 2016

“I liked that the teacher had a science background and she knew what is important there. She was really motivating.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund September 2016

“The personal attention to all individuals was great. [The teacher] understood each personal need.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund September 2016

“It was very interactive and every participant was integrated in some way. It made for a good atmosphere and good communication.”

Presentation skills workshop for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Erlangen, January 2015

“I hadn’t realised before that performance can have such a huge impact on your presentation. I feel much more confident now.”

Presentation skills workshop for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, Erlangen University Hospital, January 2015

“The way in which the course is held is great – it is a really relaxed atmosphere which helps to ‘take away the fear’”

Presentation Skills workshop for the International Max Planck Research School in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, May 2015

“I really liked it. It was interesting, interactive, I’ve learned a lot in just one week. I’m really enthusiastic.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the Doctoral Training Programme 1660 “Key Signals of Adaptive Immunity”, University of Erlangen, February 2015

“It was very nice to have a course adapted to academia/science and not a general one.”

Presentation Skills workshop for the Doctoral Training Programme 1660 “Key Signals of Adaptive Immunity”, University of Erlangen, February 2015

Services:
Presentation
Skills
Training

Presentations represent a unique opportunity to share research, gain immediate feedback and make valuable contacts. However, many non-native English speakers shrink from delivering a presentation in a second language. Some are concerned about language accuracy or dread the unpredictable question and answer session. Others are unfamiliar with the structure that should underpin such presentations or are unaware of key delivery techniques. BETA training addresses these concerns and provides participants with extensive guided practice to build their confidence and improve their presentation skills.

Overview
BETA offers training in giving academic presentations in English with a view to helping participants present their research convincingly and with confidence. The training is delivered in the form of short intensive in-house workshops and introduces key techniques in the design and delivery of presentations. Opportunities to put these techniques into practice are provided in the form of practical exercises and one short presentation from each participant, which will be delivered several times during the course of the workshop. Detailed individual feedback is given throughout and each participant leaves with their own personal development plan.
Target group
Post-graduate students, post-doctoral students and junior faculty members of the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Training can be provided for both individuals and small groups (max. 6) from a research group, post-graduate programme or university department.
Course content

Each course consists of two essential components, one focusing on the underlying structure of a presentation and the other on delivery. The precise content will vary according to individual requirements, but a typical example is shown below.

Course content for a workshop for medical students in presenting at an international conference

Structural component:

  • Defining your purpose
  • Knowing your audience
  • Making a strong opening
  • Selecting key points
  • Closing effectively

Delivery component:

  • Making effective use of the voice
  • Adopting confident body language
  • Using language to influence your audience
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Dealing with difficult questions
Method
Participants prepare a short 10-minute presentation before the workshop. Initially they are introduced to some key techniques in designing a presentation and analyse videos of others presenting to increase their awareness of the points raised in the workshop. They are then guided through the process of critically evaluating and modifying their own presentation design and deliver the presentation for the first time. Feedback is provided in the form of a group discussion and individual feedback from the trainer. The focus then turns to delivery with a series of practical exercises to develop awareness of effective use of voice and body language. Finally, participants deliver their presentations for the second time and receive individual evaluations and personal action plans from the trainer. Small groups foster a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can feel comfortable in trying out new techniques in a supportive environment.
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 have proved 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 practise their delivery in the afternoons, maximising individual progress.

Intensive:
The intensive format comprises two full days (e.g. 09:00-16:30) and one half day (e.g. 09:00-12:15). This very intensive option may be appropriate for those who have limited time available. It should be noted that this option means that opportunities for practice are more limited.

Course fees
Course fees vary according to the duration of the course and the number of participants involved. Please contact Deborah or send her an enquiry for an individual quote.
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