The Messenger is the Message

Presentation Training + Video Support

Course Information

  • Monday, September 9, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    August 12, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 15 participants).
    Sibylle Sommerer
    1 ECTS
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    GRACE Homepage


    Attendants know how to create a positive personal effect when having a presentation and how to bring over the key message properly.


    • How to create your best effect – verbal, paraverbal, nonverbal

    • The contact bridge: how to get in contact with your audience

    • You never get a second chance to make a first impression: how to guarantee a good one

    • The body speaks as well: presence on stage

    • Free speech: get to the point in one minute

    • How to define complex issues in a simple way

    • The relevance of beginning and end

    • How to handle power point reasonably: less is more

    • How to handle killerphrases, difficult situations and problems in general

    • How to prepare yourself for energy, voice and against stage fear

    • How to bring yourself in a good condition: Heart – Body – Brain


    • Input by teachers

    • Participants practice own presentation

    • Group discussion

    • Structured individual or group work

    • Exercises

    • Video-feedback

    • Role-playing

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Sibylle Sommerer, Dipl. Communicator and Journalist FH, Coach BSO in Supervision and Organisational Consulting. Sibylle Sommerer has been working in communication since 1992. She works as a Personal Performance Coach and Media Trainer for leaders in economy and politics and as an instructor at various universities and the ETH Zürich.


    Preliminary work 3.5 h, lessons 18 h, follow up work 3.5 h.


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Advanced Studies der Universität Basel Steinengraben 22, 4001 Basel


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