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Graduate Campus – Überfachliche Kompetenzen

Voice training and public speaking skills

  • Voice -and vocal-training: Practical exercises for breathing techniques, clear articulation and voice sustainability.
  • Public speaking:
  • How to deal with nervousness and buck fever.
  • How to prepare speeches and presentations systematically and structured.
  • How to give speeches in a stringent and focused way.
  • How to maintain attention and interest of the audience.
  • How to use PowerPoint and other media in a way, that they support and strengthen my speech instead of boring and tiring the audience.
  • Each participant gives a three-minute oral presentation (Feedback-Round). All presentations will be audiotaped and the participants receive an mp3-recording after the course.
Learning objectives    

By the end of the course the participants will know, how to:

  • prepare and give an oral presentation about their research work in an effective manner for a specific target audience.
  • apply some specific techniques to optimise the use of their voice while presenting.
  • maintain good voice resonance in a challenging situation.
  • have better control over nervousness, breathing and carrying capacity of the voice.
  • recognise the elements of best practice when they observe the presentations of others.
  • formulate constructive feedback for peers about presentation performance.
  • judge their own performance based on peer feedback and self-reflection.

Michael Berndonner, Dipl.Betr.Oec. FH, Speech Communication Scientist, Vocal Coach and Rhetoric Coach, Lecturer at the University of St.Gallen

Target participants    

Junior researchers of all disciplines.


23 March 2022 9:00 - 17:30

30 March 2022 9:00 - 17:30

Canceling deadline    

2 March 2022 23:59

(see Conditions of Participation for information on canceling after the deadline.)



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