How to…make most of your (first time BESIG Conference) and How to present at BESIG for the first time

An online weekend workshop with Kirsten Waechter

Attending conferences is something most people find exciting and stressful at the same time. Given the amount of offers and activities provided, it helps to get some advice in order to really benefit from your conference instead of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. In our first “How to session” of this workshop, practical tips will be provided and questions will be answered – for example: How many sessions should I attend? How do I get to know people? How many business cards will I need? How can I best talk to publishers and exhibitors? First-time attendees should get a better impression of what to expect and will be able to make some connections online already (and that does not apply to first-timers, I guess). 

In our second “How to session”, we will try to calm down the BESIG first-time presenters (and maybe not only those) by providing some useful tips when it comes to presenting at conferences and making sure that your presentation will be noticed and attended. Conference presentations are facing competition, and it is not everybody’s idea of fun to stand in front of total strangers talking about something that really matters to them. So we will discuss a number of topics, from practical tips on technology (which also includes what to do if you are going to be simulcast i.e. streamed online) to handouts, from preparing an elevator pitch to involving your audience, from preparing your material to having proper follow-up on your session: we all want our presentations and workshops to be useful to people and to be memorable, and this little session will help you to do that. 

Kirsten Waechter has been a business English trainer since 1998. Having taught in-company course for many years, today she focuses on teaching business communication, English for special purposes and intercultural courses and very often those courses overlap as it is hardly possible to disentangle the web of language, culture and communication. She has designed her own materials in this field and provides teacher training. In addition, she is a translator and writer and has authored guidebooks on Meetings in English and Emailing in English for Cornelsen Scriptor. If she is not at work, she divides her free time between Germany, Scotland and Sweden. Since 2015, she has been the mentor for the BESIG scholarship presenters.

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