How to give a presentation effectively and persuasively

Content   How do you present your scientific research professionally and comprehensively at the university or at conferences? Giving an appealing and interesting talk or presenting an attractive and informative poster can be an important factor when it comes to getting your research recognized. This course will cover rhetorical and visual presentation skills, focusing on the awareness of one’s own style, strengths and weaknesses. Participants will have to practise a presentation of about 10 minutes plus discussion, which will be filmed. Feedback on the posters and presentations is carried out throughout the course by self-assessment, group analysis and lecturer review.
Learning Objectives   By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • understand the fundamentals of presenting with an assessment of each person's unique presentation style
  • plan a well-structured presentation and poster appropriate to their discipline
  • deliver the presentation confidently and effectively
  • handle questions and elicit feedback efficiently
  • assess their own presentation skills and give constructive feedback to others
  • set aims for further development (feedback from filming underlines strengths and weakness), experience and skills
Instructor   Dr. Anja Janoschka, English Department, UZH  
Target participants   PhD candidates who have little or no prior experience in preparing a conference talk/poster presentations in English.
Precognition   Participants will be expected to:
  • fill in a short questionnaire before the beginning of the course, giving some information about their background knowledge and presentations they have given or will be giving in the near future
  • prepare and bring presentation and a poster for practice (about a chosen subject of their research)
  • give a 10 minutes presentation in class followed by questions (Examination/Leistungsnachweis). The presentation addresses a specialized public.
  • invest up to 14 hours outside class
Language   English
Duration   2 full days of course (16 hrs) plus 14 hours preparation
Dates   17 February 2020 9:00 - 17:30h
24 February 2020 9:00 - 17:30h
Canceling deadline  

27 January 2020 23:59



Contact person   Eric Alms, Graduate Campus
ECTS credit   1 ECTS credit (has to be recognized by your faculty)