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Presentation Skills - How to Deliver Engaging Talks

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

This one and a half-day workshop supports doctoral students to become more fluent and confident speakers. It focuses on strengthening their ability to formulate their message, increase their confidence, plan and deliver successful presentations. This practical workshop focuses on the main challenges in presenting to an international audience and offers tips and techniques to help students speak more clearly. After attending these workshops, participants will feel more confident presenting in academic contexts.

In-person Workshop

Thursday, June 23, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Friday, June 24, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Bridie McHale und Lesley-Anne Weiling




Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47*

Target Group

Doctoral students 




12 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

* The premises are not barrier-free. Please contact the Bonn Graduate Center if you need assistance. The workshop may be switched to an online format.

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Course Content

  • Presenting to an international audience
  • Understanding formal and informal language
  • Structuring presentation for maximum impact
  • Designing tips for visuals and slides
  • Engaging audience using signposting language and rhetorical devices
  • Considering key aspects of non-verbal communication
  • Understanding and controlling nervousness
  • Dealing with interruptions
  • Handling the question-and-answer sections

Course Description

Participants will learn the tools and techniques that make presenting at conferences or giving talks more engaging, in addition to convincing the audience of the importance of their work. Ideally, everyone should come away from the course feeling more confident at presenting in academic contexts.

This workshop is intended to be lively with plenty of discussion, pair work, group exercises and role-play. Participants will also receive individual feedback on their presentations during the workshop.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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