352.490 Rhetoric body language and training in assertiveness and argumentation
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • plan and prepare speeches, presentations and other public performances
  • keep their audience under suspence
  • analyse their own communcation style and adopt it to any situation (formal and informal)
  • interprete the signals of their own bodylanguage and
  • adopt their behaviours, stay authentic,and get obstacles in their body language under controll.
  • interprete body signals of your dialogue partner and respond properly

Subject of course

Content of the lecture:

  • beginning of a speech
  • how to keep suspense during a speech
  • fascinating the audience
  • use your own body supportive(mimic, gesture and outfit)
  • argumentation techniques

Teaching methods

  • many practical inputs
  • few theory-inputs
  • discussion
  • group tasks
  • exercises (eg elevator pitch)
  • training of own communication behaviour (speech, presentation)

Mode of examination


Additional information

necessary preparation:

  • a speech and a presentation (details per mail a few days before) 

Emil Hierhold, Sicher präsentieren - wirksam vortragen. ISBN 3-7064-0666-7
Ingrid Amon, Die Macht der Stimme. ISBN 3-7064-0686-1


The winter semester 2022 will be held in presence again.

However, due to the infection process, it may be necessary to adjust the format of the event and switch back to online. We will inform you in time.

Method when switching to online format:
Basically remains the same in the online format as in the face-to-face format

Required technical equipment for participation in the course and examination:
Device for participating in online meetings including audio and video transmission



Course dates

09:00 - 18:0016.01.2023 - 18.01.2023 ISAS Besprechungsraum CD0112Lecture
Rhetoric body language and training in assertiveness and argumentation - Single appointments
Mon16.01.202309:00 - 18:00 ISAS Besprechungsraum CD0112Lecture
Tue17.01.202309:00 - 18:00 ISAS Besprechungsraum CD0112Lecture
Wed18.01.202309:00 - 18:00 ISAS Besprechungsraum CD0112Lecture
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

  • mandatory participation on all days
  • cooperation, collaboration


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed - 03.07.2024assessedno application-Prüfung P
Thu - 11.07.2024assessedno application-Prüfung W

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.12.2022 08:00 15.01.2023 18:00 15.01.2023 18:00



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge


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