Interpersonal skills training

Let’s face it: few of us have the luxury of carrying out research in isolation. We work in departments, teach in classrooms, and collaborate on projects where we need to navigate different communication and interact with people from a myriad of different backgrounds in order to get our work done. This can be a challenge. Our interpersonal workshops can help you build the people skills you need to thrive in your academic career.

Popular training programmes & workshops

Navigating Communication Styles

There are many different interpersonal skills that you can learn to interact successfully, but it's good to start by knowing how YOU communicate, and how to navigate the communication styles of others. That's what this is all about.

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Building intercultural intelligence

Work with multi-cultural teams? Want to reach multi-cultural audiences? Our intercultural intelligence workshops are designed to help you build your understanding of cultural differences and craft strategies to build bridges and communicate effectively.

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Non-verbal Communication

Work with multi-cultural teams? Want to reach multi-cultural audiences? Our intercultural intelligence workshops are designed to help you build your understanding of cultural differences and craft strategies to build bridges and communicate effectively.

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Other interpersonal communication workshops that we offer

Interpersonal communication comprises so much of what we do and say and how we behave. We can offer learning experiences that cover a variety of interpersonal skills, both as bite-sizes webinars and learn-at-lunch sessions as well as part of a longer interpersonal training programme.

Take a look at some of the topics we’ve taught in the past, or let’s chat about how we can craft something special to meet your needs.

  • How to give and receive feedback
  • The art of brilliant conversations
  • Active listening
  • Building emotional intelligence
  • Public speaking skills
  • Voice skills
  • How to run productive meetings
  • How to facilitate groups
  • Having difficult conversations
  • And more!

We love to share what we know in all sorts of different formats!

Our workshops and training programmes can be tailored to your needs and offered online as short talks for conferences, as webinars for large groups, as bite-sized sessions that span several days, and as lecture sessions that span weeks, months or semesters. Most of our work takes place virtually via Zoom and similar tools (ask us why), but if you’re within easy travel distance from our offices in Innsbruck, Austria, we’re also more than happy to hope on a bus or train to deliver on-site programmes too!

It's been a long time since I have enjoyed a training workshop as much as I did this one! Suzanne took a lot of time to get to know each of our group during the training, quickly spotting where our strengths lay and helping us develop skills in new areas. She struck a good balance between theory and discussion, and I particularly appreciated the time she gave us for group work and time to try out new skills alone. She was full of energy and positivity, and made me feel welcome and valued throughout, even when she put me on the spot in role plays. Highly recommended!

Communication workshop participant

UN University

It was useful to think more strategically about elevator pitches and how I could create something generic for "everyday" use as well as something tailored for different situations like meetings. The opportunity to plan and share elevator pitches was good, as it gave me an idea of other styles and approaches. The detailed individual feedback was unexpected, but great.

Workshop participant


I have just completed SciComm Success' Poster Design Workshop. It was full of interesting tips and tools, some of which I have already built into my poster planning. Although we had a big group and I expected a lecture/webinar format, Suzanne constantly invited us to provide feedback and our own experiences, and I enjoyed hearing what fellow biologists like and don't. I liked that the group was international and enjoyed the flexible and informal discussions - some via chat, some using whiteboards, some simple audio discussion. It felt as if we could all contribute, wherever we were. I would recommend this workshop for anyone new to creating posters for conferences. It would probably be a good refresher for poster presenters, too. Thank you, SEB, for the opportunity.

Poster workshop participant

Society for Experimental Biology Conference

This was a fascinating workshop! I learned so much about how I come across and how powerful it is to become more conscious about how I "show up", so that I can make the right impression. Loved the tips about reading other people's non-verbal cues, too. This has made me think twice about the best time to approach people with difficult subject. Thank you, Suzanne, for an inspiring morning!

Non-verbal workshop participant

Innsbruck University

Loved this. So much information and still time for some good discussions with fellow students. I look forward to being able to use some of the ideas when I create my first poster.

Poster workshop participant

Student SHA Utrecht University

This was a good refresher on best practice planning and design for posters. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on tools for choosing colour palettes, which I have since used in other communication materials, and the discussion about online and virtual conferences, which was an eye-opener for me during COVID. Thank you, Suzanne!

Poster workshop participant

Genentech, USA

This workshop was great fun. I learned loads about perspective and how I tend to communicate, and hope to be able to use this knowledge to communicate better with our international students.

Bulding cultural intelligence workshop

Innsbruck University

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