Workshop "Persuasive Presentation Skills"

International conference participation ahead? Presenting your research in front of an international community?
This workshop offers a guideline to the process of structuring and delivering a professional presentation in English. The first part of the course focuses on what makes a successful academic presentation: identifying a key message, making a strong opening, and closing effectively. The morning session also addresses the following aspects:

  • Structure and language of an English presentation
  • Structuring your presentation for maximum impact ( grabbing audience attention and keeping it)
  • Considerations when presenting to an international audience

The afternoon session is devoted to delivery, with an assistance to the use of body language, voice and pronunciation and a practical guide to dealing with the question and answer session at the end of the presentation. Furthermore, you will develop how to use

  • Rhetorical devices to keep your audience engaged
  • Non verbal communication and how to project credibility and confidence

Our presentation skills workshops are lively, interactive sessions where everyone has the opportunity to present. We ask participants to prepare a short presentation in advance of the workshop to allow us to identify and coach individual needs. We typically video the students for 2 - 3 minutes when they are giving a talk so they can analyse their strengths and weaknesses (we don’t watch the videos as a group).


  • Pair & small group work
  • General Discussion
  • Individual feedback/coaching (optionally including video)

We aim to involve all learning styles and personality types as we understand some participants may initially be reluctant to speak in front of the group.


The goal of this presentation workshop is to give academics the skills to get their message across in a compelling and confident manner. Most participants in our workshops are non-native speakers of English and have to present their work at international conferences. Our workshops focus on a powerful presentation structure, phrases and vocabulary to engage the audience, clear pronunciation and confident body language.

Number of Participants: 15 participants max.  

Target Group: native and non-native English speaking PhD students and post docs

Time:Friday, 12 October 2018, 9 a.m.–5.00 p.m.

Place: An der Weberei 5 (WE5), Room 05.004

Trainer: Lesley-Anne Weiling, Write English

Registration: via e-mail to

About the Trainer:
Lesley-Anne is a native English speaker from Ireland and has lived and worked in Germany
since 2002. In 2013, she co-founded Write English, a successful Cologne-based businessdedicated to helping people improve their English communication skills in both writing andpresenting.In addition to teaching academic writing, Lesley-Anne teaches writing for marketing purposesand works with businesses, academic institutions and the DAAD to improve their style ofwritten communication.