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Soft-Skills Seminars

Success depends on more than just expertise in your chosen discipline. Employers expect to hire professionals who can offer more than mere technical knowledge. Graduates with superior communication skills, particularly those able to work across cultures, are highly coveted. Training in areas such as decision making, marketing a project and cultural sensitivity is becoming essential for success. For those students aware of these challenges, who wish to extend themselves beyond their immediate discipline, we offer the special workshops. All participants receive a certificate for a successfully completed workshop.

The Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, RWI, and the Paderborn Institute for Advanced Studies in Computer Science and Engineering (PACE), pool their resources and offer you a unique and diverse 'soft' skills training program.

Current Soft-Skills Seminars

Please check Activities and Events for the current course offering.

Unless specified otherwise, training will be conducted in 1 day at the hotel Mercure in Hamm, near the Haubtbahnhof. Sign up deadline is approximately 4 weeks before the training session; email appropriate person (as linked on the Activities and Events page) to reserve your place in the class.

Descriptions (of regularly offered Seminars)

Presentions in English

No matter what field you work in, a significant part of it involves communication.  Even when you are not actively talking or writing, you are continually interacting with your environment and sending out non-verbal signals.  Communicating effectively is a skill like any other, and as such it can be learned and improved.

In this seminar, the focus is on the communication skills that make academics successful in presenting.  The main topic of this training is presenting your ideas effectively, both in formal lecture-type situations and in informal meetings.  Participants will have the opportunity to review the basics of communication success, get feedback on their communication and presentation style, and learn strategies for improvement.  Topics include: non-verbal (body language) and verbal communication, understanding and adapting to your audience, and how to both create and deliver superior presentations.

Presenting in a foreign language is an added level of difficulty for many of us. Such situations can lead to stress, uncertainty, and misunderstandings -- on both sides. This training will offer you specific tools and techniques to communicate well in English as a foreign language. What are the key do’s and don’ts of spoken English? What are typical language traps? This workshop is intended to give you the self-confidence and the tools to master your next presentation in English, no matter what it may be.

Voice Training

First impressions count. In this training session, you will learn how to prepare yourself well for your speech in public and how a good manner of speaking – particularly good articulation – leads to clear powers of expression and makes a sonorous impression (how to acoustically reach your audience/listener and save your strength at the same time).  You will also learn how to develop an anti-stress program for your daily routine and also when you speak in public. You will learn how you get back to your natural breathing and relax automatically, how posture and tension influence voices, how you can actively relieve stress and become more self-confident and relaxed.  Voices can convey security and reliability; you will learn to find your personal register; to have a powerful voice by using its resonance and not its strength and how to create an atmosphere full of trust with your voice (thereby conveying security). You will learn to use eye-contact to with your audience and to adapt the volume you speak with.  You will learn how to consciously handle your body language to show your competence: how your body language enhances the convincing effect of your speech, how to overcome your insecurity while speaking and negotiating, how the congruence between your words, gestures and facial play can increase your credibility.  Finally, you can see the effect you have on others with the help of video/audio feedback.