May 4, 2021: Make an Impact! Networking and Communication Skills for Academics - ONLINE COURSE

Workshop language is English.

9am - 4.30pm


Target group

This online workshop targets PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows who wish to improve their self-marketing skills, advance their research and networking prospects and make the most of their intercultural and interdisciplinary communication opportunities.



How can I make an impact in professional contexts such as small-talk situations at conferences? What can help me in situations where I face an international crowd and how can I connect to an interdisciplinary audience? The workshop "Make an Impact!" offers the opportunity to enhance overall effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) in a virtual (online) platform as well as interpersonal settings, in order to improve networking and self-promotion opportunities.



Throughout the online workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve their communication, as well as focus on the quality of their language content and physical expression. The aim is to develop strategies to make a lasting and positive impact on groups, colleagues, and significant contact persons (networking). Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in effective communication and learn how to present themselves more effectively and to make the best impression and strongest impact.



• Self-marketing: effectively promoting oneself (verbal business cards)
• Spontaneous small talk: informal chatting with a purpose
• Developing awareness skills
• Concise and effective introductions: make an impact!
• Body language focus


• Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies
• Role-play scenarios
• Virtual exercises for practice
• Both group and individual feedback



Julie Stearns, Impulsplus



Conditions of participation

Free of charge for doctoral students and postdocs in Magdeburg.

If you are unable to attend after registration, please contact us immediately at  .

This allows us in particular to consider others interested in the course who are still on the waiting list. Please note that without your timely cancellation of your participation and/or in case of your non-appearance on the day of the event, we would be obliged to claim the pro-rata costs of the event incurred in relation to your person as damages. You are of course free to prove that the Graduate Academy has suffered no damage or less damage than the one claimed.




Last Modification: 15.03.2021 - Contact Person: Dr. Barbara Witter