Communication & Presentation Skills for Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary

Christian Newman
Arts and Society, International Programs in Sustainable Developments
2022W, Übungen (UE), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04399


The ability to present your ideas clearly and persuasively is one of the most important skills in the modern workplace. However, nearly everyone has anxieties when it comes time to make a presentation, especially if the presentation is not in one’s native language. This highly interactive course will help students gain confidence as speakers and presenters regardless if they present to clients or their supervisors, participate in podiums discussions, lead seminars and workshops or lecture. The 3 key components of every presentation are explored and practiced: the Visual (i.e. Body language), the Verbal (i.e., Content) and the Vocal (i.e., Voice). In addition, the following topics are discussed: structuring presentations (e.g., Minto Pyramid logic, Persuasive Presentations, etc.), creating a narrative, dealing with stage fright, fielding audience questions, and the correct and effective use of presentation tools (Power Point, Excel, Flip Charts, Props).

Examination Modalities

Given the interactive nature of the course, a portion of the grade is based on the students' active participation in exercises and class discussions. A final student presentation tying together all elements of effective presentations will provide the other half of the grade.

Participation: 40%

Final Presentation: 60%

Key Words

effective presenting, body language, vocal, persuasive presentations, informative presentations, anxiety, stage fright, narrative, speech, presentation


12 October 2022, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 32
19 October 2022, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 30
27 October 2022, 09:15–13:30 Seminar Room 32

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Global Challenges and Sustainable Developments (Master): Managing Cross-Disciplinary Projects: Communication & Presentation Skills for Inter-/Transdisciplinary Teamwork 565/001.02

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible