RUB Research School

Com_04: PRESENCE Advanced & Effective Communication – a Tool to Success

All research fields | First experience in professional communication

Workshop in presence

23. - 24.11.2023
Time: 10.00 - 17.00 hrs with flexible time schedules incl. breaks
Trainer: Kathrin Keune
Language: English
Participants: max. 12 persons
Credit Point: acknowledged with 0,75 CP for the doctoral training programme of RUB-RS Certificate

This workshop is particularly helpful for researchers with first knowledge and experience in professional communication who would like to strategically advance their individual communication skills, techniques and strategies.

Course description
The advanced communication workshop provides skills and competencies supporting you in being responsible for a successful and effective communication. It prepares you for taking over responsibility for e.g. supervising students, running projects, communicating with other researchers or – maybe in your near future - leading people. The workshop goes beyond theory and works mostly with hands-on exercises and practices to advance your abilities, generate new solutions and answer questions. Being successful in communication also means to find a way under any given circumstance to communicate confidently, competently and effectively – this is being practiced in this workshop.

The training atmosphere fosters an active discourse of the individual`s experience, questions and challenges as a professional communicator. Through self-reflection initiated by group work, individual processes and feedback, solutions are being developed which in turn are enriched by the trainer`s input and knowledge. Strategies and suggestions are always considered from a situational point of view. This turns theoretical understanding into practical application.

In this advanced seminar, we use group discussions, individual experiential processes and exchange of knowledge and best practice in the group. Participants are invited to actively engage, share their knowledge and experience. Competences that allow coping with various challenges in difficult communication contexts are a special focus in this workshop.

In detail the workshop deals with:

  • basic ingredients of effective communication
    • communication model
    • communicating when message is not clear, confusing or complicated
    • body Language in communication: do’s and dont’s
  • hands-on practice of communication in
    • managing up - how to observe goals and expectations of others by weaving in one’s own vision and goals
    • negotiation (hierarchical and non-hierarchical)
    • criticism: receive and give & feedback: How to give productive feedback

Kathrin Keune, consultant and performing artist, holds a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, Coaching and Education and earned a B.A. in the performing arts. She worked in a San Diego based medical research laboratory throughout her 6 year stay in Southern California, USA. Kathrin offered trainings on scientific presentation and communication at different American and German universities. She still performs at different venues in Germany.

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