Fielding Questions: Handling Q&A Sessions

Fielding Questions: Handling Q&A Sessions10.12.2019 09:00 - 17:00 (Tue)Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Oquita, Ric

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For advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs of all disciplines.


This is an activity-based workshop, led by a theatre professional, whose expertise is in eliciting the researcher‘s narrative, identifying the speaker‘s authenticity as a storyteller and supporting the speaker to effectively communicate the importance and relevance of the work and the core message in the talk. Throughout the workshop, participants learn storytelling techniques, practice telling stories and integrate storytelling techniques into their talk. The seminar provides participants with the opportunity to connect a story to their core research, build the story, create suspense and anchor points of reference throughout the talk with their story. Additionally, they will learn to develop a protagonist in the story and learn how to „chunk“ or segment units of action in the talk.


  • developing effective tactics for handling difficult questions
  • thinking on one's feet
  • improving listening skills
  • using professional language
  • economizing language
  • managing anxiety
  • receiving video- feedback


  • voice and body techniques
  • partner and group work
  • language practice and analysis
  • role- play improvisation
  • videotaping and feedback
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