Keeping Your Talk Fresh

Keeping your talk fresh22.06.2017 09:00 - 17:00Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstraße 16, Room 004Oquita, Ric


For advanced doctoral candidates and postdocs of all disciplines.


This is an activity-based workshop, led by theatre professionals, 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 oneday 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.


  • Position the research within a meaningful and relevant story
  • Tailor the story to the audience
  • Start a story with a strong opening to get the audience involved
  • Create clear and identifiable characters and environment
  • Build suspense with the narrative and move towards a clear aim


  • Interactive activities
  • Free-speaking exercises
  • Trainer lecture
  • Plenum discussion
  • Course reader
  • Plenum presentation
  • Tailored trainer and group feedb
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