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Presentations at International Conferences

05.03.2020, 9:30-17:30 Uhr

Trainerin: Lesley-Anne Weiling

Ort: Hochschule Bochum

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This course is for doctoral candidates, postdocs and researchers from across a number of disciplines. Participants are encouraged to bring a short, 5-minute presentation to the workshop. This will be an opportunity for individual feedback and coaching.


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.


  • What makes a successful conference presentation?
  • Structure and language of an English presentation
  • Structuring your presentation for maximum impact (getting and retaining audience attention)
  • Considerations when presenting to an international audience
  • Voice and pronunciation considerations
  • Rhetorical devices to keep your audience engaged
  • Non-verbal communication and how to project credibility and confidence
  • Understanding and controlling nerves
  • Handling the question and answer session
  • Rehearsing and self-editing tips
  • Design tips for visuals and slides
  • Video based feedback


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

I aim to involve all learning styles and personality types and understand some participants may initially be reluctant to speak in front of the group. This workshop is a lively, interactive session where everyone has the opportunity to present. I ask participants to prepare a short presentation in advance of the workshop to allow us to identify and coach individual needs.

Lesley-Anne 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.