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Giving Academic Talks in English

GraduateCenterLMU Online Workshop for Doctoral Candidates

Academic researchers need to present their messages clearly and effectively so that the audience can understand and remember the communicated information. The workshop will strengthen participants' presentation techniques with a focus on getting their messages across more effectively. Participants will also be provided with a framework for developing their own talks and applying rhetorical techniques to create clearer messages.

The online workshop is interactive. You will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver short presentations as well as to gain practice in dealing with questions. Talks are followed by constructive feedback from a native-speaker trainer as well as from other participants.

Workshop topics:

  • Ensuring a clear structure to help convey messages
  • Creating a strong opening and conclusion
  • Developing rapport with your audience
  • Emphasizing key information
  • Applying rhetorical techniques to ensure clearer messages
  • Dealing with questions competently


  • You should have at least a strong intermediate level of English (B2) with the ability to actively take part in discussions. For a quick self assessment see Cambridge Assessment English
  • Please prepare a talk on your research. Your talk may be no longer than 8 minutes. Do keep in mind that most of your audience will be non-experts. To ensure that your talk is as authentic as possible, please give your talk in the format which is typical of your field (e.g. PowerPoint, flipchart, etc.).

Language of workshop: English

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:15 pm, Monday, October 26, 2020, 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:15 pm, and Friday, October 30, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Target group: Doctoral candidates of LMU Munich (the number of participants is limited)

Certificate of attendance: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the GraduateCenterLMU.

Contact: (Tel. 089/2180-9732)

This workshop is fully booked.

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