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Presentations at International Conferences


16.09.2020, 09:30 – 12:30 Uhr

This presentation skills workshop is conducted completely online. The first session is an interactive, instructor-led session. The second session will comprise of small groups (up to 3 participants). This will be a chance for participants to practice their online presentation skills.

Trainerin: Lesley-Anne Weiling

Ort: Online

Sprache: Englisch

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This course is for doctoral candidates, postdocs and researchers who present at international conferences (max. 9 participants). Importantly, the course highlights ways to adapt a talk for an online format.


The workshop begins with a trainer - led session via Zoom, for 3 hours (from 9:30 to 12:30). Participants can enter the virtual classroom up to 15 minutes before the start of the class.

Following the initial training session, participants will create a presentation of 8 – 10 minutes. This talk will be given online and in a small group. Five minutes following the talk is allocated to a question and answer session and a further 5-10 minutes for feedback from the audience and the instructor.


  • What makes a successful conference presentation?
  • Structuring your presentation for maximum impact ( getting and retaining audience attention)
  • Adapting your talk for an online conference
  • Considerations when presenting to an international audience
  • Voice and pronunciation considerations
  • Non-verbal communication and how to project credibility and confidence
  • Understanding and controlling nervousness
  • Handling the question and answer session
  • Rehearsing and self-editing tips 



  • Everything will be conducted online, but there will be opportunity for discussion among the participants using the break-out room function in Zoom.
  • As well as structured input from the trainer, there will be individual feedback and coaching.



  • Participants will be provided with a handout, slides from the training and a comprehensive list of resources. The trainer is also happy to answer any questions on an ongoing basis by email or phone.

Lesley-Anne Weiling is from Ireland and holds an honours degree in Modern History from Queens University Belfast. She specialises in training and coaching doctoral candidates, postdocs and senior re-searchers in spoken and written English. She is co-founder of the Cologne-based consultancy Write English (

Her interest in academic writing began in 2010 when she began lecturing in business communication and academic writing in the International Management Programme at the IUBH. Since then, she has gone on to train academic writing throughout Europe including at the University of Cologne, TU Berlin, LISER in Luxembourg and Bonn University. In addition to teaching scientific writing, she also corrects and edits academic articles for publication in peer reviewed journals.

Before relocating to Germany, Lesley-Anne worked as a senior manager in the UK. As head of a sales division, she learned the value of excellent communication skills. Now she coaches researchers on how to create their elevator pitch and how to present with confidence and impact at academic conferences.