Presentation Skills


Have you ever noticed that the way speakers at conferences present varies widely? Some are extremely boring, others entirely engaging, and everything in between.

The goal of this course is that upon completion you are ready and able to engage your audiences from the first sentence. At that initial moment (when they realize ‘OOOOOH, THIS is going to be a good one’), that they put their phones off and get ready to take notes. And afterward, that people gather around you to hear more or to connect at a later time.

This is possible! In this course you will:

  • Clarify what your current presentation strengths and development areas are
  • Understand what presentation techniques are received most positively by audiences in both ‘live’ and ‘virtual’ settings
  • Learn what behaviors to avoid when presenting
  • Learn to effectively interact and engage your audience
  • Learn how to deliver your message clearly and concisely
  • Learn how to present to large groups at conferences successfully


Session 1 (whole group - ‘live’ at RSM if at all possible, otherwise dial in):

  • Introductions
  • Feedback exchange
  • Managing nervousness
  • Body parts (including voice)
  • Getting their attention
  • Introducing yourself
  • Using the stage
  • Leveraging interaction
  • Managing Q&A
  • Managing hostility
  • What if something goes wrong?
  • Establishing credibility
  • When are you ‘on’?
  • Female and cross-cultural things
  • Presenting academic research
  • Those first few moments
  • What if you don’t have an answer?
  • Common mistakes that insult your audience and make enemies fast
  • Conferences and networking
  • Video-taped presentation (+/- 2-3 minutes per person) + facilitated group feedback debrief
  • View and privately discuss video 1:1 with facilitator for further feedback
  • Goal-setting and action-planning

Session 2 ((1:1 meeting):

  • Private consultation 1:1 with facilitator (is a master executive coach)
  • Possible Zoom recording of a presentation or self-introduction - recording will be sent to the student and feedback will be offered
  • Goal setting

Session 3 (whole group):

  • Video-taped presentation (+/- 10 minutes per person) + facilitated group feedback debrief
  • Private consultation 1:1 with facilitator rotated with viewing own video and reflection/goal setting
  • Goal setting and sharing
  • Group discussion on how to support each other moving forward


Attend and fully engage, present several times, exchange valuable feedback and make use of it to improve own style.

Additional info

In connection with the highly individual approach, 100% attendance and serious preparation for each session is required. The course is offered a maximum of three times per academic year. Maximum number of participants is 12.

The timetable for this course can be found here. (The linked timetable might not show all the sessions at one glance. Please scroll per month to see the schedule of the entire course.)

ERIM Full-time PhD candidates can register for this course via Osiris Student. ERIM Part-time PhD candidates are encouraged to join the Presentation Skills course in the Part-time Programme.

This course is not open for participation by non-ERIM participants.