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Mastering the Unexpected

in Remote Talks, Meetings and Discussions

The activity-based workshop, led by a theatre 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 blackouts, technical challenges and to 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 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 their focus and composure and to cultivate quick thinking and problem solving, followed by free-speaking exercises to train quick thinking, staying focused, engaging an audience in a topic, and maintaining authority. Strategies are then discussed and practiced to deal with disruptions during the impromptu talks.
In the second session, participants will explore various challenges in meetings as well as in online Q&A sessions. Techniques are trained 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.


Graduate Academy, workshop room, Im Neuenheimer Feld 370


Tuesday, 18.10.2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr
Wednesday, 19.10.2022, 09:00 - 17:00 Uhr


Guido Molina

Target Group

Number of participants

Max. 12 Personen


30 €

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