Speaking and presentation skills training

Need to craft a compelling presentation or poster for a meeting, project or  scientific conference? Would you like to learn how to harness the power of narrative to engage audiences, learn how to talk about your research quickly and efficiently, or build the skills you need to work with the media?

We offer practical day-long programmes, half-day workshops, and short format talks and masterclasses for conferences and webinars to help you become an accomplished and engaging speaker and presenter.

Popular training programmes & workshops

Poster Design & Delivery Skills

Share your research and start a conversation with a thoughtfully-designed poster and engaging exchanges that make you memorable for all the right reasons.

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Presentation & Public Speaking Skills

Build the skills you need to craft a compelling message, structure your ideas clearly, and present effectively to audiences of all shapes and sizes. Essential skills for new and experienced scientists and researchers.

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Elevator pitch workshop for scientists

Elevator pitch

Learn how to craft an elevator pitch so that you can talk about your research quickly and effectively in 3 minutes or less. This under-rated skill will help you talk confidently to both experts and non-specialists.

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Storytelling and narrative skills

Stories and narrative are the secret sauce of creating engaging science and research communication that connects with non-expert audiences. Learn how to harness the power of this age-old (and still relevant) technique.

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Working with the Media

The media is a wonderful resource if you want your message to reach a wider audience. Our training can help you understand how to make the most of media interactions.

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Other training themes to help you develop your academic skills

Are you looking for training in something not covered by our popular workshops? Perhaps you want to create a tailored programme to help your team or institute develop a broad range of academic skills. No problem. Over the years, we’ve crafted custom learning experiences for scientists and researchers to help them raise their credibility, communicate clearly, and represent themselves and their group.

Take a look at some of the other areas in which we can offer training, or get in touch to chat through your ideas.

  • Facilitation skills
  • Multi-media skills (podcasting, video, and more)
  • Running online meetings
  • Elevator pitches
  • Storytelling and narrative skills
  • Social media skills
  • Networking for success
  • How to wow: personal and professional branding
  • Workshop design and delivery skills
  • Designing infographics
  • 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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