Effective public speaking

10 October 2011


Marcel Lucien Goldschmid, Professor hon. EPFL, and consultant, Switzerland
email: Marcel.Goldschmid(at)bluewin.ch and marcel.goldschmid (at) management-training-coaching.ch


The participants will learn how to design and deliver an effective public presentation.

Besides acquiring techniques to plan a powerful presentation (structure, content, methods,etc.), the participants will also have an opportunity to practice their communication skills including their voice, posture, gestures and eye contact.

They will receive feedback from the teacher and the audience and will be able to individually review their presentations on video.

Precourse assignment

1. Reading of the Guide on Effective Presentations prepared by Prof. Marcel Lucien Goldschmid (Guide sent after registration).

2. Preparation of 2 short presentations (5 minutes each), free choice of topics, possibility to use transparencies, flipchart, and/or slides (but for practical and technical reasons, no powerpoint with beamer projection).



  • Introduction of participants
  • Challenge and impact of public speaking
  • Course objectives and modalities 

Effective delivery

  • Characteristics of an effective speaker
  • Communication skills: Voice, position, gestures and eye contact
  • First presentations by the participants
  • 5 minute presentations recorded on video
  • Evaluation grid and audience feedback
  • Individual reviewing of video recording

Planning of presentations

  • Systems approach-Adapatation to audience
  • Objectives and structure of presentation
  • Presentation methods

Second presentations by the participants

  • 5 minute presentations recorded on video with specific directed audience participation

Conclusions and evaluation of the course by the participants

General information

Date :  Monday 10 October 2011

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.05

Location : University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C (Animalerie), room 001

Credit point : 1.0 credit point (Communication)

Evaluation : Active participation including preparation (home work as described)

Information : Please contact Dr. Marcel Goldschmid or the doctoral program coordinator Dr. Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses : participants of the doctoral program are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


  • This course is free and open to all Ph.D. students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants until 31 July 2011.
    Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 12.
  • The  effective cost is approx. CHF 600.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: closed

Deadline: 3 October 2011