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22. Aug 2023

Mastering the Art of Engaging and Convincing Chalk Talk (November 27, 2023)

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Graphic representations are a great way to communicate complex research topics in an understandable and lively way. They convey clarity and provide a quick overview and are therefore extremely helpful both for the elaboration and the presentation of complex content and ideas. In this seminar you will learn best-practice techniques that you can use on various media such as paper, whiteboards or flipcharts. You will learn how to present complex issues in a structured way while reducing the amount of information to the essentials. 

After several short input sessions, you will have enough time to try out the techniques you have learned in individual and group exercises and to develop your own style. We will compare and analyze all graphics together so that you end up with an extensive knowledge about best-practice techniques and examples. The praxis-oriented workshop aims to develop your own creativity while having fun, so active participation is a prerequisite.


  • Linguistic reduction of complex content
  • Use of basic geometric shapes to reduce complex content
  • The 3-step model for linking word and image
  • Use of colors and basics of color psychology
  • Find and refine your own visualization style: associative-improvised vs. graphically linear
  • Communicate your own research idea in a pointed and convincing manner
  • Best-practice techniques for winning scientific presentations

Target Audience

Advanced doctoral students and postdocs

Terms and Application

  • November 27, 2023: 10 am – 5 pm 
  • Format: on-site at MLU
  • Location: Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, SR: 5.10 (roof level) 
  • Group size: maximum 12
  • Workshop-Language: English

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Dr. Michael Gordian conducts seminars in the field of communication and social skills throughout Germany. His goal is to support people in optimizing their communication skills in everyday life and in building lasting social relationships.

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