Speaking with Ease

Your stomach is queasy, your palms are sweaty, your mind has gone blank about your opening lines and your mind wanders to negative thoughts…

Recognise this? While we all can feel nervous for public speaking, we don't really train in dealing with the stress, and we don't learn how to decrease the influence it has on our presentation. Time to make a change!

Organised by Student Training & Support

Mon 7 November 2022 18:30

Tue 8 November 2022 18:30

Duration Two groups will start: 1st on Mondays and 2nd on Tuesdays (4 weeks in a row) | 18:30-21:30h
Room Forum, B0211
Price Free

Feel better when speaking to an audience

In this training course, you will learn strategies for staying calm and feeling better when presenting to an audience, and improve your presentation skills.

Topics: preparation, structure, non-verbal communication, voice and interaction with audience. The tips and exercises will make you better prepared for presenting your ideas!

Workshop 1: Dealing with nerves - theory and practice - F2F

This session an array of exercises and tips are presented to help prevent and decrease nervousness during your preparation. By looking at nerves from a biological, physical and psychological perspective, and by doing some simple presentation exercises, you can find out what works best for you.

Workshop 2: Non-verbal Communication - F2F

In this session 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 & Online Presenting - Online

In this session we look at how effective presentations are structured. A clear structure will help you to not lose track and appear more confident and relaxed. And since we have to present online more and more, we will also learn about the Do’s and Don’ts for presenting online. Preparation: 5 min presentation.

Workshop 4: Voice and interaction - F2F

In this session we will investigate how we can use our voice to match what you say and how you say it. If this is congruent, you and your audience will feel more at ease. 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.

For whom is this training course

Are you a WUR student and do you notice that your nervousness, discomfort and stress have a negative influence on your presentation skills, this training course is for you. It will also help you if you feel hesitant speaking up in groups or in class.

Practical info

Group size Max. 15 participants
Language English
Duration 4 sessions of 2 hours (3 face-to-face, 1 online)
Preparation 5 minute presentations for sessions - 8 - 10 hours in total
Cost Free of charge; offered by Student Training & Support