Mit Dora meinen Vortrag vorzubereiten war eine Erfahrung, aus der ich sehr viel mitgenommen habe. Die Zusammenarbeit zeichnete sich insbesondere durch die Verbindung von zwei Aspekten aus: Erstens durch ein kritisches Feedback, das Schwachstellen messerscharf analysiert und genau benennt. Und zweitens durch ebenso genau passende Vorschläge zur Verbesserung und Weiterentwicklung. Dadurch entstand eine ungemein produktive Zusammenarbeit, die mich immer wieder motiviert hat, mehr zu erreichen.
I found working with Dora useful and productive. My talk was aimed at a much more general audience than I am accustomed to speaking to as a scientist. Dora helped refine my talk, pointing out technical jargon and suggesting simpler ways to display or portray the same ideas. She was very good at finding easy-to-understand ways to communicate difficult concepts and coming up with great phrases to help keep attention. She managed to do all this while still recognizing the effort the speaker put into the preparation and making me feel appreciated. I genuinely enjoyed the feedback and working with her to produce the best talk possible.
I greatly profited from being coached by Dora. Her input made my talk more informative and comprehensible. Dora combines the utmost in professionalism with a very engaging manner and great insights into content and delivery. I look forward to working with her in the future.
I had a very positive experience with Dora and the curation team at TEDxTUM. Dora was clearly the thought leader in the team, working closely with me and her team over many months to ensure that my talk would be at the highest level, with clear focus and purpose. When creating a talk for the TEDx stage, it’s vital to get unfiltered, direct feedback and guidance and Dora was someone who was tuned-in and insightful every time we met. The result of our collaboration was a richer and stronger talk, something far better than when I proposed the idea months before.
Ich habe Dora während der Vorbereitung zu meinem TEDxTUM Vortrag kennen gelernt – sie gehörte zum Team, das mich über mehrere Monate betreute und unterstützte. Es war ein Vergnügen mit Dora zu arbeiten – sie war immer gut vorbereitet, sehr konzentriert und super strukturiert. Ich habe selten jemanden erlebt, der so perfekt organisiert ist und einem durch ihre Professionalität sogar kurz vor dem Auftritt die Nervosität nimmt. Danke, liebe Dora.
I was and still am impressed by the dedication, professionalism and attention the team spent on the development of my talk. As lecturer and consultant, I am frequently in presentation mode and workshops. But working with the team around Dora made me focus even better on my topics to tell. Especially Dora’s broad field of interest paired with her knowledge and ability to point on the one meaningful, core thing, is outstanding. It is certainly one of the causes for achieving such high quality in talks and topics. In the huge field of conferences and talks around the globe, Dora is making the difference.
Die Arbeit mit dem TEDxTUM Team lief sehr professionell und zugleich unkompliziert ab. Das Team hat mir sehr geholfen, mein Thema, in dem ich ja fast schon betriebsblind bin, auf eine Art aufzubereiten, dass es auch für Nicht-Experten spannend und unterhaltsam ist. Gerade das sehr spezifische und konstruktive Feedback während der Rehearsals fand ich super und half mir, zielgerichtet und effizient an meinem Vortrag zu feilen. Dora hat tolle Ideen beigesteuert, die ich gut umsetzen konnte! Vielen lieben Dank!
The collaboration with Dora was simply a great experience. She is very organized, incredibly smart and has a great personality – with a very good sense of humor, which is very welcome in today’s corporate environments. It’s fun to work with her, she is able to coordinate a team and collaborate with different types of people in tasks so that the end results is just what it needs to be.
Dora’s help was vital to adapt to a specific target audience, to have the right angle and the right approach. It also helped to improve my skills in being on stage and performing at my best. The best part was the feedback in rehearsals and the passion put into enhancing the entire experience by fine tuning the speech, especially interpreting the story behind the idea in addition to the technical side of it.
Im Rahmen des überfachlichen Qualifizierungsprogramms unterstützt Dora Dzvonyar die TUM Graduate School als Trainerin und Moderatorin. Wir haben sie als äußerst zuverlässige und kompetente Moderatorin und Trainerin im Bereich der Wissenschaftskommunikation kennengelernt. Auch in den Kursevaluationen wird ihre positive, engagierte Art von den Kursteilnehmer/innen gelobt. Neben ihren fachlichen Kompetenzen zeichnet sich Dora durch ihre Teamfähigkeit, Kreativität und Begeisterungsfähigkeit aus.
Overall, I’ve had a great time working with Dora and her team during my preparations for a TEDx talk. I received a huge amount of very useful analysis, feedback, and guidance over the course of several coaching sessions. I especially liked the way in which Dora manages to give critical feedback in a very constructive and supportive manner. I think my presentation and performance improved significantly over the course of the sessions, so I’m very happy with the outcome.
Describing a complex topic in max. 2 minutes is so tough! We wanted to shoot a few short videos explaining our startup to the world without losing the interest of our audience. With basically no media experience. Thanks to Dora and her brilliant job we did it! She helped us sharpen the storyline, prioritize what to explain, and how to present it in front of a camera. Her tech background and patience with us was the icing on the cake!
For my talk at TEDxTUM, Dora was the one that found the story in me and helped me formulate my idea worth spreading, to inspire others. During he months of preparation she patiently went though my talk again and again, shaping it into a talk I can be proud of. Thank you Dora!
I was fortunate to have worked with Dora and her team when I participated as a speaker in the TEDxTUM 2016 event. Throughout the period leading up to the event, Dora offered coaching sessions in which she confidently and professionally helped with all aspects of getting the speaker and talk ready for the event. Dora’s feedback on content, presentation, and delivery was all invaluable in honing the messaging. Thanks to Dora’s help my talk turned into a success. Furthermore, Dora’s calm, personal, and professional demeanor helped ease the trepidations of a first time TEDx speaker and made the entire speaking experience pleasurable.
The work with the TEDxTUM team, led by Dora Dzvonyar, was a fantastic endeavor for me. The team’s incredible amount of experience with previous events helped me to prepare for my own talk and their feedback was invaluable. Looking back, the work with the team and the event itself was one of the highlights of 2016 for me due to the professional and at the same time personal approach by all people involved.
I know Dr. Dora Dzvonyar as one of the key organizers of TEDxTUM 2019 to which I was invited as speaker. Dora took major part in the first discussions about the topic of my talk, in the individual coaching of the speakers and was also the main anchorwoman of the event. Dora is extremely competent, has an excellent attitude towards the speakers, addressing them very personally and according to their experience and need, and is therefore a pleasure to work with. She is team-oriented with leadership capability, is very dedicated, versatile, and hard-working. She was one of the key persons to make TEDxTUM 2019 the great success that it was.
Dora is a highly skilled and versatile science and technology communicator. Her passion for software engineering education showed especially in how diligently she prepared and executed her hands-on workshop for developing on iOS app at Germany’s largest startup conference Startupcon. I’m constantly inspired by her advocacy for science and her project management skills. It’s particularly impressive to see how she strives to support women in science and technology in general.
As a regular speaker at healthcare conferences, I aim at bridging the gap between technology and their medical application. My highlight in 2017 was to prepare a TEDx Talk with Dora. My already high expectations towards feedback regarding my talk and practical tips to improve my speaking skills were easily surpassed by Dora and her curation team. Besides improving my presentation skills in general, I learned especially how to prepare a talk strategically and condense the content down to its essence. After having gone through this process, I will prepare my talks differently in the future.
Dora hat uns bei den Women of TUM Talks 2018 als Alumna und Moderatorin unterstützt. Sie war Ansprechpartnerin für die Rednerinnen und hat sie auf wundervolle Weise bei der Wahl und Tiefung ihrer Themen gecoacht und über Wellen von Lampenfieber hinweg geholfen. Am Tag selbst hat sie mit ihrer Moderation gute Übergänge geschaffen und wesentlich zum Gelingen der Veranstaltung beigetragen. Es ist eine Freude mit ihr zu arbeiten. Verbindlich, kreativ, herzlich und humorvoll.
It’s not just that this experience opened a lot of doors for me, it’s also that it gave me so much training and really good experience on how to be a better speaker. When I speak at conferences, they’re normally in my field, so I’m used to speaking to other people who use the same terms I use and are familiar with some of the same concepts. The speech coaching really helped point out areas where I needed to explain a term or use a story to really illustrate what I’m saying, and now when I get these speaking engagements I am able to remember all of those tricks and strategies so that I can be a better speaker wherever I go. This was just so valuable.
Dora Dzvonyar habe ich als Kuratorin von TEDxTUM kennen und schätzen gelernt. Über acht Monate führte sie mich als Sprecher sicher durch den Entstehungsprozess meines Talks. Hier erlebte ich Dora als perfekte Organisatorin und konstruktive Kritikerin, aber auch als empathische Pragmatikerin. Ich bin dankbar, dass ich mit ihr arbeiten durfte und empfehle sie besonders allen, die ein komplexes Thema verständlich darbieten wollen.
Working with Dora was a truly inspiring experience for me in many ways. Being coached and encouraged by her within a group of fun, motivated and highly professional individuals endowed me with a lot of new skills in how to best convey scientific findings to a diverse audience and how to gain a wide outreach. Dora’s can-do attitude and her enthusiasm along the entire process pushed me out of my comfort zone to be successful at something I have never done before. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!
Dora versteht komplexe Sachzusammenhänge in kürzester Zeit und hilft Dinge logisch und nachvollziehbar zu strukturieren. Sie ist sehr offen und sehr lösungsorientiert und hat dabei eine sehr motivierende Ausstrahlung. Ein perfekter Counterpart.
Dora and her team are incredibly effective speaker coaches. My first thought, months before speaking at TEDxTUM 2017, was „I can’t do a TEDx talk!“ However, over a period of several months, Dora and the team provided me with multiple, successive rounds of rehearsal, coaching, and feedback. This ultimately allowed me to present fairly complex scientific concepts in a way that many people later told me was creative, passionate, and inspiring. My favorite part of the whole process was actually, after the event, reflecting back on the earliest parts of the speaker coaching and seeing how far I had come, and seeing how certain suggestions completely transformed what became my talk. I couldn’t have done it without Dora and the team!
Dora was amazing – very well organized, calm even in stressful situations. Although her feedback was sometimes quite hard, she always immediately helped me with great suggestions and concrete ideas on how to improve. From day one working with Dora, I felt I was in great hands, and this confidence helped me to deliver a talk I really liked.
Dora’s constructive feedback regarding content and style of performance helped me to gain a different perspective and more awareness for specific details for example in terms of intonation and pitch. Thus, Dora played an important role in improving my talk and giving me security concerning my performance at the TEDx event. I would definitely be happy to work with her again!
Dora made sure I excelled in my talk! She helped me draft my speech and made sure that my intended messages were stressed. This is inevitable and not so easy if you give a talk on a technical topic like the Hyperloop. It is an honor to work with Dora and it was for sure a lot of fun too!