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PhD training

Presentation skills

Giving an audience-focused presentation

The course focuses on PhD candidates who want to enhance their presentation skills for lectures and conferences.

Schedule 2 days 9:00-17:00
Course dates see upcoming course
No. of participants max 6
Workload 1 ECTS

Course description


In this course participants are taught to give an audience-focused presentation, instead of a content- or screen-focused presentation. Based on the premise that in oral information transfer everything should be focused on the receiver, we will work on five aspects:

  • content, expression, relation, appeal, and visual aids

All theory will be practiced in exercises and is obtainable on video. The teacher acts as a stage director and gives each participant personal stage directions, that will be applied to their own subject content. The training is intensive and sometimes confronting, but also a perfect chance to learn the tricks of the trade under professional guidance.

After the course, participants will be able to:

  • structure the content in a way that the audience will remember it better;
  • use their body, voice and hands more consciously;
  • keep the attention of the audience more, by making the information that you deliver clearly audible, visible and tangibleestablish good contact with the audience;
  • make effective slides and present them audience-focused, instead of screen-focused;
  • deal with tension and present with confidence


The course will be taught by Karin Herrebout, Greep management- & organisatieontwikkeling. Karin has a background in theatre and professional storytelling, and is specialised in teaching presentation skills.