Training course

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 18 March 2024 18:30

Wed 20 March 2024 18:30

Duration 2 Groups: 3 Mondays 18,25 Mar en 8 April | 3 Wednesdays 20,27 Mar and 10 April | 18.30-21.30h
Room Forum, t.b.d
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
*this session is not in the training program of Nov 2023*

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.

Pilot November 2023: we offer 2 different training schedules:
* do you need more help? we advise you to join the training course of 3 sessions starting Wednesday 1 November
* do you think you will get enough practive and support out of 2 sessions, you can register for the training course starting Tuesday 7 November

Practical info

Group size Max.12 participants
Language English
Duration 1 course of 3 sessions of 3 hours and individual support optional
Preparation 5 minute presentations for sessions - 8 - 10 hours in total
Cost Free of charge; offered by Student Training & Support

Are you interested to join this course in the future, you can share your contact details by clicking 'Register here'.