Mastering the Unexpected in Remote Talks, Meetings and Discussions


This two-day online workshop 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 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 used in real-world situations.

Content Outline:

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 presenter maintain focus and composure and to cultivate quick thinking and problem solving.

Participants are then given free-speaking exercises in order to train quick thinking, staying focused, engaging an audience in a topic and maintaining authority. Strategies are then discussed and practiced in order to deal with disruptions during their impromptu talks.

In the second session, participants will explore various challenges in meetings as well as in online Q&A sessions. Techniques are trained in order to handle awkward situations. Role-play situations are tailored, practiced and discussed in the roles as presenters, meeting facilitators and Q&A moderators.


  • Individual, pair and group working exercises
  • Breakout Room activities
  • Voice and non-verbal communication coaching
  • Improvisation techniques
  • Role-play exercises and discussion


Ric Oquita is a dynamic trainer, specializing in kinesthetic communication and presentation techniques, helping professionals and academics to give convincing and motivating oral presentations at international conferences, meetings and lectures. With a rich background in theatre, he provides techniques to strengthen and support effective speaking, corporal and vocal training, and interpersonal communication skills.

Date:       Thu October 14 and Fri October 15 2021, (09:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.)



This workshop is offered by the Graduate Academy for Technology and Innovation at Hamburg University of Technology. Due to a cooperation, two seats may be given to doctoral candidates of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Please address your registration to

For registered participants attendance at the entire workshop is obligatory.


Dr. Krista Schölzig        T 040 42878-4337         E

Lara Walkling                       T 040 42878-3752  E

Datum/Zeit 14.10.2021 09:00 Uhr - 15.10.2021 17:00 Uhr
Zielgruppe Postdocs, Promovierende
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