Communication in Teamwork and Leadership: public speaking (Advanced)


Building on interpersonal skills to help increase the impact of your research


When: 14 – 18 May 2018
Where: AGH: University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland


Advanced skills, greater impact

For students who have already completed the Communication in Teamwork and Leadership (Introduction) course, and are interested in exploring the issues in greater depth, this course takes your knowledge and experience to the next level.

The overall goal remains the same: to develop your negotiating, presentation, motivational, and bargaining skills so that you can create and lead high-performing teams towards greater success. But on the advanced course, you get to apply some methods developed in corporate theatre and psychodrama, which involve creating spectacles to challenge your imagination and develop your professional skills still further.

Please note: Because of the nature of this course, places are strictly limited. Registration for the course opens two months before the start date, so please book as early as possible to secure your place.

What you’ll learn

By undertaking this course, you will discover that performance and presentation skills play a large part in successful leadership. You will have the chance to practice innovative problem-solving, delegating tasks, motivating yourself and your team-mates, and planning and organising events.

In particular, you will discover and explore your own personal and individual skills and discover the unique talents that you bring to any team-working situation.

You will also learn how to create a high-performance culture on a wider scale, through inspirational engagement with team members and by building overall group confidence.

The goal is to enrich and enhance the skills you acquired on the Introduction course, namely:

  1. Communication and delegation for effective teamwork
  2. Creatively framing, promoting, and advertising ideas and solutions
  3. Verbal and non-verbal persuasion and motivation techniques
  4. Public speaking and self-presentation to your advantage
  5. The ethics of communication in a diverse, international work environment


How you’ll learn

The learning techniques are what makes this course special. You will experiment with expression and imagination to find innovative solutions to particular problems. These methods can be challenging – as they require you to think outside the box and go beyond accepted or standard ways of thinking and acting.

Five sessions are scheduled. At the beginning of each session the course leader introduces certain tasks that are to be solved in an original and surprising way. While searching for solutions, you will make use of the knowledge and skills you acquired during the introduction course.

You will prepare presentations in small groups, and develop performance and presentation styles for each team member. As always, exercises are recorded to help everyone deliver meaningful feedback. At the end of the course, volunteers will present the best ideas at an open show.

As before, the course also allows time for practice and individual advice with the course leader.

Course leader

Your course leader, Jan Jacko, not only holds doctorates in philosophy and management sciences, he is a researcher and teacher at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, with a research interest in rational choice theory. He is also a communication trainer, and a professional pantomime actor working under the pseudonym Jan Gembal.

His one-man shows have toured to theatres in Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Poland, and Switzerland. He also works at theatre schools and various other organisations as an instructor in non-verbal communication for business, politics, media, advertisement and the arts. Jan is also the co-editor of Prospettiva Persona. Trimestrale di cultura etica e politica (Teramo, Italy).


Thoughts on the course…

From previous participants:

 “The most useful was the part in which the teacher presented body language on himself. These skills are useful in this area. Moreover, the video recording and analysing our presentation were very useful”

 “The best was quite individual approach and possibility of discussing with each people separately”.


Practical information

When to attend: You can take this course at any time during your participation in the InnoEnergy PhD School. However, you must already have completed the Communication Teamwork and Leadership (Introduction) course.

 Pre-course preparation: There is a reading list to accompany the course, including some mandatory texts that provide a useful framework for the course without replicating the content of the workshops. Practical information about the course (schedule, suggested reading etc.) is updated about a month before the course and will be made available here.

 Post-course assignments: None

 ECTS credits: The Teamwork and Leadership: public speaking (Advanced) course is worth 2.5 ECTS credits.