Mastering the Unexpected in Virtual Talks, Meetings and Discussions (March 24th-25th, 2022 – Afternoon Session) – Online Training


Thursday and Friday 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop, led by a theater professional, uses improvisation and free-speaking exercises as concrete tools to prepare speakers for unexpected situations that occur during online presentations, meetings and discussions. Practical techniques help participants to step out of their comfort zone and to develop their authority, focus anxiety, prepare for challenges and become more self-reliant. The training is tailored to your individual questions and uses role-play to investigate proposed scenarios and to train coping strategies, which can be applied in virtual and non-virtual situations.

The first day of the seminar begins with verbal and non-verbal communication training, connecting breathing to thinking, in order to relieve panic in stressful situations. This is followed by training with improvisation exercises to help presenters maintain focus and composure and to cultivate quick thinking and problem solving.

You are then given free-speaking exercises in order to train quick thinking, staying focused, engaging an audience in a topic and maintaining authority. Strategies will be discussed and practiced in order to deal with disruptions during the impromptu talks.

In the second session, you will explore various challenges in meetings as well as in online Q&A sessions. Techniques are trained in order to handle awkward situations. Role-play situations are tailored, practiced and discussed in the roles as presenters, meeting facilitators and Q&A moderators.

Contents in brief:

  • Breathing and focusing exercises for stress management
  • Free-speaking exercises
  • Improvisation techniques for quick thinking and problem solving
  • Role-play disruptions during talks, meetings and discussions
  • Tailored coaching and individual feedback


  • Individual, pair and group working exercises
  • Breakout room activities
  • 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, March 24th, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Friday, March 25th, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm


  • Online via Zoom Pro
  • You will receive the link to log in to the virtual room via email by your trainer.

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (wird in neuem Tab geöffnet) 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.


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