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Workshop Contents and Goals  

This workshop helps participants develop self-marketing skills for academics in professional

contexts such as interviews, presentations as well as small-talk situations. Furthermore the

workshop offers the opportunity to enhance overall effective communication (verbal and nonverbal) in order to enhance and improve networking opportunities. Special attention is given to gender aspects and particular challenges women face in communication contexts.

Throughout the workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve their body language, as well as focus on the quality of their language content and structure of their ideas. The aim is to develop strategies to make a lasting and positive impact on audiences, potential employers 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
  • Strategies for interview scenarios
  • Concise and effective introductions: make an impact!
  • Body language focus
  • Gender specific training


Theoretical sessions to highlight key aspects and strategies, Role-play scenarios, Hands-on exercises for practicing, both group and individual feedback

Introduction of Workshop Trainer Julie Stearns

Julie Stearns is a professional trainer and coach as well as theater director and actress and university lecturer. She is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Folkwang University of Arts, and has been working for the Impulsplus team of qualified and dynamic trainers since 2011. She has over 20 years experience as a free-lance director and actress in schools, universities, theatres and organizations in America and Germany. As a trainer and coach, Julie focuses on providing hands-on experience for academics and professionals in order to improve their overall speaking and presentation skills, as well as improving fluency, accuracy and style of communication.

This event was initiated by the BIH Equal Opportunity Unit and is part of the program FEMALE CAREER@BIH.


October 10, 2017, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Seminarroom 1, Virchowweg 9 (Innere Medizin), CCM


Female PhD students, Postdocs and Clinicians working in the BIH Translational Research Commons are invited to join.


Please register by September 1, 2017 at karin.hoehne@bihealth.de