CUSO Seminar on Improving Presentation Skills


People attending this workshop should be able to spot key elements that will allow them to improve their skill to do presentations.

Presentations are an important part of the research activity. Presentations are not only about content but also the form on which this content is presented. How the presenter is using the space, how is the intensity of his/her voice, how is he/she using visual support, etc. Having a strategy to cope with presentation seems a must. This workshop aims to provide attendants with tools for improving their presentations skills.


Interactive, theory explanation, individual and small team work, use of digital media to video tape.


Participants are required to bring their smart phone/tablet and headphones for self-learning tapes. Please be sure it has enough space and battery to record at least 20 mins. (exceptionally additional media/camera will be available if needed).


9:30 - 11:00

  • Welcome
  • Guidelines / agenda / Icebreaker
  • Get your Mind ready to Present
  • Self-awareness
  • First-Take!

11.00. Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45.

  • Debrief – first Action Plan Items
  • What do I want / need to achieve with my Presentation?
  • The “WIIFM” factor (What Is It For Me?)
  • Competence VS Likability for professionals
  • Structure your Message Effectively

12.45. Lunch Break.

13.45 - 15:15

  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Energy in Presentations
  • Ways to begin & end dynamically
  • Presenting Data
  • Do’s & Don’ts

15.15. Coffee Break.

15:30 - 17:00

  • Second Take (parts of the group depending on group size/tempo)
  • Master your ability to handle challenging situations during your presentation
  • Personal Feedback & Final Coaching Tips
  • Q&A

17.00 Wrap Up.


  • Students need to come with laptops (and headphones) and have ready material regarding their research for giving a short talk (3 mins. / 3-4 slides) at the beginning of the day.
  • Let me know in advance ( before 1st Nov.) if you prefer to have a printed version of the slides used in the seminar, otherwise you will receive a digital version of them.


Thursday, 19 of November 2015


Speaker: Gabriela Müller Mendoza Powerful Change Coaching Training International


University of Bern

Software Composition Group

SCG Seminar Room S14-107 (directions here)

How? (registration closed)

Please register in CUSO Web site

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