Advanced Communication - Popular Presentations

Course Code: GFOK045
Number of Credits: 1,5 HEC

Number of Participants: 18

Enrollment Spring 2018
2018-1: 15/1, 29/1 - Lindholmen Fully booked 
2018-2: 8/3, 19/3 - Johanneberg Fully booked  
2018-3: 25/4,  9/5 – Lindholmen Fully booked  
2018-4: 1/6, 15/6 –  Johanneberg Fully booked 

Time Schedule

Day 1:
9.00 - 17.00
Day 2: 2h, not scheduled  • Group Seminar (preparing the talk)
Day 3: 2h, not scheduled  • Group Seminar (testing the talk)
Day 4: 8.15-12.00 and 13.00-17.00

The aim of this course is to develop you into a more conscious presenter with capability to effectively choose communication strategy that will:

  • get complex messages across
  • make you speak effectively and interestingly
  • develop your personal capabilities to appear in a confident manner in front of your audiences
  • deal with unexpected situations and audience reactions
  • capture an unmotivated audience
  • become more aware of who you are in the eyes of others
Intended Learning Outcome
On successful completion of the course you will be able to:
  • start and finish a presentation in an effective way
  • select strategies based on audience and message
  • use stories as a communication technique
  • vary and adapt the material to the audience
  • improvise and talk without a manuscript
Entrance Requirements
No pre-requirements
This course is eligible within the "Generic and Transferable Skills" course curriculum for PhD students and young researchers at Chalmers University of Technology


Topics that will be covered are:
  • The power of our habits
  • Body language lies
  • Understanding your audience
  • The dangerous technical language and the all-mighty computer projectors
  • To speak so that others listen
  • Creating a dialogue The verbal path: Rhetoric The non-verbal path: Behaviour
  • Disposition, planning and preparation
  • Solo presentations: The participants deliver a speech and get feedback
  • Summary, lessons learned and the road ahead

Running Schedule

The course includes lectures, exercises discussions and homework assignments. Homework is done individually and in small groups.

Course Leader and Examiner
Erik Mattson, external consultant

Karin Andersson, examiner


Materials are handed out during the course including a reference book "Speaker’s Cookbook”, Erik Mattsson (2015).

Attendance at all occasions and oral presentation. Grading U, G.

Examination in the enrolled courses can be acquired within one year from the start. After the expiration date no missing assignments can be admitted and a participant should re-apply to another course occasion.


Stand-By seat means that the course is fully booked but you may be offered a seat if one becomes available.

Cancellation of participation in GTS courses should be notified as soon as possible and latest one week before start of course by sending an email to .  In case of cancellation less than one week before the start your Deputy Head of Department will be informed to support your future planning.

Published: Tue 30 Aug 2016. Modified: Thu 22 Feb 2018