A range of coaching services are offered in the form of individual workshops and extended programmes which combine onsite, residential (at the Alpine facilities in southern Germany) and online “Skype” based sessions. All services are conducted in English language and customised to client needs and budget, formulated from the modular components of the core products detailed:

Excellence in International Public Speaking Skills

A  full individual coaching service package in preparation for upcoming “high stakes” international speaking engagements.

  • Offered only for already accomplished speakers who wish to further refine and polish their complete performance for a specifically defined speaking presentation or keynote.
  • Designed for senior executives (e.g. analysts, business development managers and board members) and academics (e.g. group leaders, principal investigators and professors).
  • Typical speaking scenarios include industry conferences & trade shows, project proposals, investment and grant application committee presentations.
  • Sessions are provided with a blend of onsite (European client facilities), alpine executive facilities (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany), via Skype (or alternative video conferencing) and onsite at the speaking venue.
  • Flexible fee structure based on a daily, hourly, project or a retainer basis.

Why coaching? Even the most accomplished speakers value the need for preparation, rehearsal and feedback from trusted associates.

Podium speaking at international conferences, congresses and trade shows is the ultimate opportunity to demonstrate “though-leadership”, engage and network with peers and to showcase one’s services, professionalism and competency.

Application for grants and funding in research is becoming increasingly competitive and the importance of successful committee presentations and question management, often with very limited speaking time, are now a critical component of the decision process to fund/invest.

Excellence in International Scientific Communication (EISC)

A masterclass advanced level coaching programme to enhance the preparation, delivery, question & answer management and professional moderation skills for scientific presentations and conference speaking.

  • Designed for post-doctoral researchers, principal investigators and junior group leaders.
  • Conducted over 4-months, on-site (usually at DZG locations) and via Skype.
  • 9 participants per programme.
  • Scheduled and content customised to each individual participant.
  • Well accepted as a “reference” of best practices.
  • Extensive alumni base of previous participants with testimonials available upon request.
  • 2-day “bootcamp” format offered for PhD students.
  • Individual flexible coaching format for senior supervisors & professors (e.g. preparing for keynotes, grant application presentations).

Why participate? Clear and effective international communication skills should be an essential part of a modern researchers capability and competency.
However, this is rarely observed during presentations, conferences and a range of other face-to-face opportunities to engage in a professional dialogue.

Excellence in International Communication, Productivity & Career Skills (EICPCS)

A highly customised, individual skills coaching programme developing the habits and mindset for career success in scientific research & management.

  • Designed for final year PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, principal investigators and junior group leaders.
  • Conducted over 12-months, on-site (usually at DZG locations) and via Skype.
  • Scheduled and content customised to each individual participant.
  • Facilitated by the programme designer, content expert & lead coach, Dr. Paul Charlton.
  • Extensive alumni base of previous participants with testimonials available upon request.
  • An SFB funded programme version for “Women in Research”.
  • 2-day foundation “bootcamp” format offered for new PhD students.

Why participate? The German Research Foundation (DFG) states that successful scientific research requires competency in a broad range of inter-personal skills and capabilities to achieve a collaborative, equal opportunity and diversity sensitive professional working environment with good scientific practice. Further, such skills are now in high demand from employers across industries and are often evaluated during interviews and attendance at formal assessment centres.

This coaching programme provides the practical tools, methods and tips together with an environment, format and flexible schedule to practice and reinforce best habits that build required skill competencies, natural fluency & enhance professional performance and self-confidence.

International Communication, Productivity & Career Skills (ICPCS)

A foundation workshop with coaching in a “toolbox” of communication, career and productivity skills for successfully navigating to a research Ph.D and beyond.

  • 2-day workshop duration with follow-up Skype based support.
  • Designed primarily for new PhD student researchers.
  • Optimum of 6 participants per workshop.
  • Provides immediate skill development benefits.
  • Prepares participants for further coaching prior to PhD defence and thereafter.

Why participate? Conducting research to a PhD degree is extremely demanding not only on scientific competency, but also ability to manage one’s productivity and successful communication & interactions with colleagues & peers.

The multi-national diversity of modern research groups and the frequent requirement for achieving & communicating clear “bench-to-bedside” translational research importance, further challenges the skill capabilities of junior researchers.

Excellence In International Scientific Negotiation Skills

A masterclass advanced level coaching workshop to enhance the preparation and engagement skills for international procurement, grant & employment contract negotiations.

  • Designed for post-doctoral researchers, principal investigators & junior group leaders.
  • 8 participants per programme (8 is optimum, but can be extended).
  • 2-day workshop

Why participate? Scientists, academics and support-role staff regularly find themselves in situations that demand efficient and effective negotiation skills. Whether purchasing laboratory consumables, applying for grants, arranging procurement contracts with global vendors or ensuring optimum employment contract terms.

The advantages in planning and engaging in a professional and structured manner helps to ensure concessions are managed and optimum outcomes are achieved which protect your interests and enable maximum possible value from your budgets.

Excellence In International Scientific Collaboration Skills

A masterclass advanced level coaching workshop to enhance the essential engagement & leadership skills for successful research workgroup interactions and international collaborations.

  • Designed for post-doctoral researchers, principal investigators & junior group leaders.
  • 8 participants per programme (8 is optimum, but can be extended).
  • 2-day workshop with follow-up, Skype based support.

Why participate? Many research workgroups now comprise a tremendous variety of intellectual capital, experience and talent. Thus, participating, managing and demonstrating leadership within such groups and successfully collaborating with others, on- site, nationally and globally is essential.

Challenges may arise due to complexity and diversity of team demographics such as individual’s behavioural norms, personality type and cultural influences.