Planned soft skills seminars in winter semester 2018


1) Intercultural training: Germany for the experienced and newcomers

One day workshop on 11 October 2018, 10 am (sharp!) - 5:30 pm  
Trainer: Stefan Schmid 

The training is mandatory for all new international students! Our new German students are more than welcome to participate!

Studying in a foreign country is exciting and challenging at the same time. This training provides you with an in depth understanding of the core values and principles of Germany’s everyday culture and university life. You will have the opportunity to analyze your own experiences with Germans and prepare for future contact at university, in private and at work. You will get intercultural advice and recommendations that will help you to survive in Germany.


  • German cultural patterns
  • German university culture in everyday interactions with teachers, administration and co-students
  • Training of analytical skill and perspective taking in social situations
  • Adaption process in a new culture and useful coping strategies
  • Question and answer session


  • Awareness for own cultural background and how this might affect interactions with Germans
  • Understanding typical German conventions, cultural patterns and how to cope with them
  • Supporting of overall intercultural competence
  • Understanding own adaptation process and the options how to shape it
  • Reflecting own stereotypes
  • Reducing uncertainty in interactions with Germans


The training offers a mixture of methods like simulation-games, case-studies, role-plays and brief presentations. As intercultural competence is not only a question of knowledge, but also how to handle one’s emotions and actions in a new environment, the training elements aim at developing your skills on all these levels.


2) Reach Your PhD with the support of a success team
One day workshop on 2 November 2018, plus follow-up(s) 
Trainer: Michaela Stadler 

„If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together“ (African proverb)


Why a „Success Team“ - what will you gain by joining it?

A „Success Team“ is a specific peer coaching format offering every member support and effective tools and structures to stay focused on the often challenging path to the PhD. You will overcome doubts, blockades or procrastination and at the same time build a strong network you may rely on in the future.

What do you learn?

Learn about the benefits a “Success Team” provides in general
– especially for you as a PhD student of the Berlin Mathematical School
- about the origin, principles and procedure of this format
- about the necessary conditions such as time frame, facilities and material
- techniques how to effectively support each other and how to handle possible road blocks such as blockades or procrastination - how to conduct team meetings on your own
- some necessary communication skills to succeed as a peer coaching group
- the most important “do’s and don’t’s”
- supporting others is fun!

“Success Teams” of 4-6 members each will be set up. Your first team meeting following the workshop will be facilitated by the trainer. It will be scheduled right away – please bring your calendar!

Please note: A 3 hour evaluation meeting at the end of the semester will be scheduled giving the opportunity for exchanging experiences and further course of action.


3) Voice and speech training for women 
Two days workshop on 23 and 24 November 2018, 10 am (sharp!) - 5:30 pm (8 slots only!)
Trainer: Jane Bormeister
he seminar is full, but we have waiting list!

How do I bring the content across to the audience in a convincing voice? How can I control my voice? How do I speak with power, how do I modulate and how can I even have fun when speaking in front of an audience?

When “presenting”, it is hardly ever the content that counts the most but the way of how you bring the content across to the audience: How you speak and how you convince people by your voice alone. Authenticity and dedication are conveyed through your body, voice and well-structured content: Only what really comes across will really reach your listeners. And how you can use your voice to achieve just this, we will train in the course of this seminar.

Training content

•  The first impression: how do I come across?

•  IS-SHOULD-analysis: body – voice – speech and presentation behavior

•  Voice training
-   Basic rules of speaking: breathing, posture, standing
-   Subtexts, resonance, fluency, ease and range, power voice
-   Speaking when using a microphone
-   Emotions – having fun when speaking

•  Body training
-   How do I stand, how do I sit, how do I walk?
-   What do I do with my arms while speaking?
-   Body awareness “on stage”

•  Speech and training structures for speaking freely
-   “Statement technique” – finding an answer to any question?
-   Structured self-presentation
-   Tips and tricks for your (public) performance

•  Stage fright & co. on stage

•  Presenting research results at colloquia and large events – under the focus of body and voice
-   Basics and understanding of a “free presentation”
-   Preparation: the four steps
-   Arranged procedure on the “grand stage”
-   Final rehearsal on the “grand stage”
-   Wrap-up

Please note: The second day will take place in room MA 043!