Young Investigator Network

The Art of Presenting Yourself

  • Charisma and physical presence are essential when presenting an idea, a product or a service. Credibility is not achieved by playing a "role" in which you do not find yourself. In order to be able to get in contact with others more consciously, we need to learn more about our physical presence. Only then will we be able to recognize our own prerequisites and make better use of our own strengths. How can we work out certain effects and still respect the individuality of each person? Get to know your effect on others better. Recognize your own possibilities and strengths. Develop a feeling for yourself and your effect when you are in the spotlight - without a video camera. Then play a role, no matter where you appear. Starting with basic exercises, everyone should become aware of the possibilities of verbal and non-verbal communication. The important thing is to constantly deal with the "emergency", i.e. speaking in front of a group.

    Focus of work:

    - Show physical presence

    - Presenting vocal presence

    - Convey authenticity/credibility

    - Recognize and optimize your own prerequisites and strengths

    - Learn more about yourself and your effect on others

    - Recognize your own limits - go to the limit with your abilities

    - and then a small step further towards the expansion of the border.

    The course is conducted by a theatre director who has a wealth of experience at universities.

    We run this course as a basic course (2 days) plus an advanced course (2 days). Individual coaching for a presentation is also possible.

    Feedback from 2016 by Dr. Julia Syurik, Institute of Microstructure Technology
    The Art to Present Yourself was my absolute favorite among the 12 YIN workshops I attended so far. Given by a real theater and opera director, the 2-days workshop was imbued with a spirit of art, play-acting and mystery. With a small group of 6 people, the workshop started with presenting ourselves and our research in a way we would do it during a conference, so that our couch could estimate the field of "work". Afterwards, he proposed to start from the beginning. We learned and re-learned to say hello, shake hands and go to the stage. I never realized that a presentation starts before the talk – by going onstage, greeting the audience, choosing a pose and a place to stand, etc. Another surprise was how many things one can do wrong without even noticing them. Unlike other similar courses, no camera recordings were needed, as our tutor could easily mimic gestures, tones and mistakes of any participant. Over a year has gone by and I can still remember mine very well... Step by step we worked on every tiny detail to make our stories vivid, real and colorful. Instead of taking science, we were explaining how to make ice, Borsch and bake baguettes. The miracle happened at the end of the workshop when we were able to implement the obtained knowledge in our scientific presentations. They were, similar to baguettes and ice, tasty and colorful.