Entries by Stephen Wagner

What we can learn from TED Talks

With a single speech today, I can reach millions of people. An enormous potential for those who have something to say, who can present authentically and with a certain competence. Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Talks, names the number of over 1 000 speakers who have already succeeded in doing so by 2016. The 25 […]

Presentations that go off like a rocket

What do speakers need for a high-class presentation? The “Presentation Rocket Day” is promising some valuable answers – and delivers! The event is aimed at people who want to present more effectively. In addition to classical rhetorical skills and the confident, convincing stage effect, the aim is to convey information in an interesting way and […]

Criteria for successful international presentations

Do you present your project in English for an international audience? Do you adapt your presentations to people with different cultural backgrounds? Are you ready to take the next step delivering even more professional speeches? Here are some highlights on how you will succeed with your presentation.   Connect with your audience The German way […]

Unusual places for presentations

What do 18 students, three supervisors and two organizers from eleven countries and four continents do when they get to know water use in Iran on site within nine days? The answer is clear: they present their own knowledge to each other and draw on the practical experience of local experts. They discuss scientific facts […]

A really good high-quality presentation

A source of good and often inspiring lectures are certainly the TED Talks and their independent TEDx Talks. One of the speeches that has inspired me in recent years is the talk “How great leaders inspire action” by Simon Sinek. Of course, we can discuss whether his performance could be further optimized: There are only […]

Prepare your presentation equipment

Just now, while you are performing on stage, the beamer breaks down! How can you save the presentation so that your audience will remember you well? I will get to that in a moment. Are you familiar with your equipment? Have you considered all eventualities? Are you well prepared and equipped for your performance? Then […]

How you present spontaneously

You are attending a seminar and are suddenly addressed directly by the speaker: “What is your opinion?” There is no time for long reflection. How do you react now? Do you have a suitable answer ready? Honestly, this situation rarely occurs in the presentation. In a seminar such a direct question is not common either. […]

How your poster presentation works

Poster presentations are an integral part of science conferences since the 1960s (Rowe, 2017). Google spits out millions of tips about how to design posters and in terms of content. But how do you present yourself during the poster session? How do you maximize attention? How do you position yourself as an expert in your […]

Stories make science exciting again

“Sometime they’ll give a presentation and nobody will come.” I experienced that again and again while I was a student and researcher. There are conference sessions in which just three people sit in the audience listening to a presentation that is at most mediocre. Only three, because the topic is extremely special and because many […]