Kompetenztraining für Frauen von Schwarzgurt-Managerin Dr Saskia Schottelius: Kommunikation + Kampfkunst für Führung, Karriere, Resilienz, Rhetorik  u. Charisma

The Art of Self-Presenting for female Scientists.

From Positive Language to Powerful Performance


Effective self-presenting in the way of showing your strength confidently and authentically at the right moment is an art - and a professional competence that can be learned.

Whether you are at conferences, in front of an academic committee, making a presentation or promoting a research project… the way you think about yourself and how you come across to others will deeply influence your success.

Starting with the concept of positive language and self-expression, we will move on to the “Queen-concept” of grace and flow – supported by mental training and bodywork like “meditation in movement”.

After an overview of classical Rhetoric and speech structure, you will be able to improve your presence and personal charisma in an academic setting/ context and effectively promote yourself with confidence and joy.



"The Art of Self-pre­sen­ta­ti­on"

Last week I went to an Arc­train self-pre­sen­ting work­shop. Be­fo­re go­ing I felt a litt­le bit weird about the fact that it was just for wo­men. Why should we get ex­tra sup­port in pre­sen­ting our­sel­ves? The work­shop very quick­ly made cle­ar to me that wo­men think dif­fe­rent about them­sel­ves than men. This ex­pres­ses in si­gnals we send to others by our body lan­gua­ge. It was re­al­ly nice to get an in­sight on what body lan­gua­ge can do and on how your own body lan­gua­ge is per­cei­ved by others. 

Mo­re­o­ver, the work­shop got us an in­sight into the con­cept of po­si­ti­ve and ne­ga­ti­ve lan­gua­ge. Ne­ga­ti­ve lan­gua­ge in­clu­des for ex­amp­le the use of iro­ny, dou­ble ne­go­tia­ti­ons or ne­ga­ti­ve pre­fi­xes and suf­fi­xes. Did you know that we tend to use much more ne­ga­ti­ve than po­si­ti­ve lan­gua­ge in our dai­ly life? We are so much more used to say “oh, this was not bad” ins­tead of using po­si­ti­ve words and – as we lear­ned du­ring the work­shop -  this has not only a strong in­flu­ence on how we are per­cei­ved but also on how we make us feel our­sel­ves.

Anouk Vlug and Hannah Nowitzki


The ‘The Art of Self-Pre­sen­tin­g’ is a work­shop wi­t­hin Arc­Train that was led by Dr. phil. Sas­kia Schot­te­li­us who is a men­tal trai­ner and teacher of me­di­ta­ti­on, mar­ti­al arts and phi­lo­so­phy. The work­shop was only for fe­ma­le Sci­en­tists. From our Arc­Train group Anouk, My­ri­el, Lina, Na­ta­lia, and Deniz at­ten­ded.


The over­all goal of this work­shop was to im­pro­ve our self-ex­pres­si­on and pre­sent our­sel­ves in a way that we lea­ve a long las­ting and po­si­ti­ve im­pres­si­on on both in­di­vi­du­al per­sons and au­di­en­ces.  We ac­qui­red theo­re­ti­cal know­ledge about the Im­pos­tor-Syn­dro­me, po­si­ti­ve lan­gua­ge, how to em­power our self, body lan­gua­ge and clas­si­cal Rhe­to­ric. To all of the­se to­pics we had many very hel­pful ex­er­ci­ses, role plays and group work. We did Qi­gong ex­er­ci­ses, me­di­ta­ti­on and power po­ses to in­crea­se awa­ren­ess in mo­ti­on, re­lax our mind, feel more con­fi­dent and get less stres­sed. We gave and re­cei­ved a lot of feed­back and got the chan­ce to prac­tice pre­sen­ting our PhD pro­ject au­then­ti­cal­ly, con­fi­dent and po­si­ti­ve. We all en­joy­ed the nice and com­for­ta­ble at­mo­s­phe­re in our group, lear­ned a lot about our­sel­ves and the im­pres­si­on we lea­ve to others. We got awa­re about our strengths and whe­re we still can im­pro­ve.

Thanks a lot to our trai­ner Sas­kia Schot­te­li­us and to Arc­Train for ma­king this work­shop pos­si­ble.

Myriel Horn, June 2017




Resilience Training for Female Scientists



How to transform a crisis into a challenge


Resilience is the ability to keep on going no matter what setback or struggle comes into your way. Highly resilient people are able to rebound successfully during challenging circumstances and are always open to new learnings and new opportunities. Strengthening your resilience muscle is a skill that can lead to more self-confidence, less stress and more effective work management in the academic context.



In this workshop we will focus on how resilience can be learned and how it can be used for your personal growth and academic success and solutions. The key will be a training in mindfulness, based on awareness in language and in motion. After a lot of practice, movement and experimenting we maybe will be able to look forward to our next crisis and handle our conflicts with generosity and grace.


You can say what you want!

Assertiveness-Training for Public Events


A strong impact, presence, individual expression, looking good, being calm, collected and composed…, but also:defining your borders, calmly retorting to verbal attacks, showing a fighting spirit, reacting spontaneously, being courageous and trusting yourself… this and much more is what we will be training in our workshop “secure and self-confident”. We will practise direct communication and self-presentation as much as assertiveness, mindfulness and meditation. After a lot of practice, movement, fun and experimenting it becomes clear: All of these go together to create convincing self-expression and to support and encourage you when you are under pressure in your personal and professional life.




Positive language and mental power

Self-expression and body language

Crisis- and conflict management

Verbal response training





Body: Language in motion

            Body language and self-expression for a solid status

            Corresponding: exercises from martial arts and meditation

            Meditation in motion: Taoistic health exercises

            Voice and mood



            Find your individual shape; dare to be who you are

            Awareness in language and motion

            Positive language, self-esteem and self-advocacy


Relaxed counter attacks: creative quick-wittedness

            Responding like a tiger or a crane

            Experimenting with ready-witted strategies


Office-Wendo: Assertiveness in 3 sentences

            Clarity: Clearly formulating your desires and statements

            Contour: Getting noticed and being taken seriously

            Charisma: Authenticity, respect and dignity





Brief theoretical inputs

Mental training

Indiviual and group work

Role plays

Analyses, reflecting, coaching

Exercises in awareness and meditation

Voice- and bodywork



Dr.' phil. Saskia Schottelius, M. A., born in 1963, studied German, Communications Research and General and Comparative Linguistics at the University of Bonn (M. A. 1988/ PhD 1994). She is a mental trainer (1993) and teacher of martial arts, meditation and philosophy. She gives courses and seminars on the subject of personality development and career training for women throughout Germany and promotes the dissemination of modern martial arts philosophy and the theory of communication awareness in her trainings and publications.


Co-trainer: Antje Meister, born 1966, police officer/ detective, martial artist, psychological counsellor and artist/ painter.