If you are like most people, then public speaking or presenting is one of your major fears. Yet these skills are often called upon in your PhD. It might not be directly defending your PHD thesis to an audience of a hundred people, but giving presentations to staff or team members is also a common enough occurrence. While we all feel nervous for public speaking to a more or lesser extent, we don’t really train in dealing with nerves and we don’t learn how we can decrease the influence it has on our presentation skills. Isn’t that silly? Time to make a change!

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In this presentation skills training I will teach you strategies for staying calm and feeling better about presenting. Training exercises also cover non-verbal communication, presentation structure and interaction with audience to improve your presentation skills all together.

  • Especially designed for those who experience stress, nervousness or are afraid for public speaking.
  • Focus on scientific presentations, giving your layman’s talk and/or defending your PhD thesis.
  • Small groups: 5 -8 PhD candidates
  • Personal feedback and advice
  • Start at your own starting point
  • Learning by doing in a safe environment
  • Participants receive a certificate

Workshop 1. Dealing with nerves – theory and practice
In this first part an array of exercises and tips are presented that will help to prevent and decrease nervousness, during your preparation and on the day of the presentation itself. By looking at nerves from a biological, physical and psychological angle and by doing some simple presentation exercises, you can find out what works best for you.

Workshop 2. Non Verbal Communication
This workshop we address how your body language can counter feelings of nervousness, and we practice how you can use your non-verbal communication (posture, voice, gestures) to make your message come across clearly. Preparation: 5 min presentation.

Workshop 3. Structure and Interaction
With exercises we investigate how you can build a strong structure that helps you not to lose track when speaking in public. Next, you learn how to engage the audience in your presentation and how to deal with questions in a confident way. Preparation: 5 min presentation.

Register and Costs
Workshop series PhD: €150 (excl VAT). Payment details will be sent to your chairgroup to declare costs from your training budget. You will receive more information about this in the introductory email.
Please register on time, this course is often fully booked.

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