3.3 Make an Impact! Networking and Communication Skills for Academics
Julie Stearns is a professional trainer and coach (DGfC), as well as theater director and actress and university lecturer. She is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Folkwang University of Arts, and has been working for the Impulsplus team of qualified and dynamic trainers since 2011. She has over 30 years experience as a free-lance director and actress in schools, universities, theaters and organizations in America and Germany. As a trainer and coach, Julie focuses on providing hands-on experience for academics and professionals in order to improve their overall speaking and presentation skills, as well as improving fluency, accuracy and style of communication.
How can I make an impact in professional contexts such as small-talk situations at conferences?
What can help me in situations where I face an international crowd and how can I connect to
an interdisciplinary audience? The workshop "Make an Impact!" offers the opportunity to
enhance overall effective communication (verbal and non-verbal) in order to improve
networking and self-promotion opportunities.
Throughout the workshop, participants will be guided through interactive exercises to improve
their body language, as well as focus on the quality of their language content. The aim is to
develop strategies to make a lasting and positive impact on groups, colleagues, and significant
contact persons (networking). Trainer input will provide the opportunity to gain new insights in
effective communication and learn how to present themselves more effectively and to make the
best impression and strongest impact.
• Self-marketing: effectively promoting oneself (verbal business cards)
• Spontaneous small talk: informal chatting with a purpose
• Developing awareness skills
• Concise and effective introductions: make an impact!
• Body language focus
This workshop targets PhD students and Post-doctoral fellows who wish to improve their selfmarketing
skills, advance their research and networking prospects and make the most of their
intercultural and interdisciplinary communication opportunities.