Mastering the Unexpected in Talks and Discussions (April 16th-17th, 2020) – CANCELLED!!!


Thursday and Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This workshop uses improvisation and free-speaking exercises as concrete tools to prepare speakers for unexpected situations during presentations 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.

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. Speakers prepare and present a 3-minute talk, with feedback and coaching on clarity, intent and focus. Strategies are discussed and practiced in order to deal with disruptions during the talks.

The second day is focused on the audience discussion and how to behave when asked questions in 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.


  • Voice and non-verbal training
  • Free-speaking exercises
  • Improvisation techniques for quick thinking and problem solving
  • Preparing and presenting a 3 minute “pitch”
  • Role-play disruptions during talks and discussions
  • Tailored coaching and individual feedback


  • Individual, pair and group working exercises
  • Voice and non-verbal communication coaching
  • Improvisation techniques
  • Role-play exercises and discussion

Target group: Doctoral candidates from all departments and fields of study

Trainer: Ric Oquita | impulsplus


  • Thursday, April 16th, 2020 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: S1|03 (Old main university building, Hochschulstr. 1), Room 212

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:


Important information for registration

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail. Alternatively, you may also send the registration by internal mail.


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