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Make an Impact! Networking and Communication Skills for Academics

Julie Stearns | 30.06.2020 | 09:00-17:00 | C3-137


How can I make an impact in professional contexts such as small-talk situations at conferences? What can help me in situations where I face an international crowd and how can I connect to an interdisciplinary audience?
The workshop Make an impact! offers the opportunity to enhance overall effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) in order to enhance and improve networking and self-promotion opportunities.


Throughout the workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve their body language, as well as focus on the quality of their language content and structure of their ideas. The aim is to develop strategies to make a lasting and positive impact on groups, colleagues, and significant contact persons (networking). Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to present themselves more effectively and to make the best impression and strongest impact.

Contents in brief:

  • Self-marketing: effectively promoting oneself (verbal business cards)
  • Spontaneous small talk: informal chatting with a purpose
  • Strategies for interview scenarios
  • Concise and effective introductions: make an impact!
  • Body language focus


  • Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies
  • Role-play scenarios
  • Hands-on exercises for practicing
  • Both group and individual feedback

Target group:

This workshop targets PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows who wish to improve their self-marketing skills, advance their research and networking prospects and make the most of their intercultural and interdisciplinary communication opportunities.

12 participants max.



Carla Sauvigny-Wigge
+49 (0)521 / 106-67537

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