Mastering the Unexpected in Talks, Meetings and Discussions

11.04.2024 - 12.04.2024 09:00-17:00

This two-day workshop uses improvisation and free-speaking exercises as concrete tools to prepare speakers for unexpected situations that occur during presentations, meetings and discussions. Practical techniques help participants to step out of their comfort zone and to develop their authority, focus anxiety, prepare for blackouts and become more self-reliant. The training is tailored to individual participant questions and uses role-play to investigate proposed scenarios and to train coping strategies, which can be used in real-world situations.

Content Outline:
The seminar begins with verbal and non-verbal communication training, connecting breathing to thinking, to relieve panic in stressful situations. Participants are given free-speaking exercises in order to train quick thinking, staying focused, engaging an audience in a topic and in line with the speakers’ goals.

Strategies are then discussed and practiced in order to deal with disruptions during the impromptu talks. Participants will then explore various scenarios in meetings and in the audience discussion and techniques are trained in order to handle awkward situations. Improvisation exercises are trained to help the presenter maintain focus and composure. Role-play situations are tailored, practiced and discussed in the roles as both presenter and moderator.

Veranstaltungsort:  TU Hamburg, Am Schwarzenberg-Campus 2 (B), Room B 0.001 and B 0.006

Graduiertenakademie für Technologie und Innovation, TU Hamburg