Public speaking

02 June 2022 - 16 June 2022
(2 x 8.50h)
campus Diepenbeek

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This two-day workshop by Marc Van den Eede (WeGo’s) will provide you with general tools with respect to presenting and speaking for an audience. The focus is not limited to academic presentations; the workshop is relevant to all types of presentations. It comprises the following aspects:

  • how to build a story that fits with the expectations of my audience (audience based, whatever the target group, purpose and/or message might be),
  • how to improve my speaking skills and personal 'branding' leverage - how to make connection, how to speak in an inviting and guiding way, using amongst others the Q&A philosophy, vocal strengths, adoption time and word mirroring.

There will be two editions of this workshop in 2021.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will have more knowledge about / awareness of:

  • how to increase your self-confidence as a speaker,
  • how to fragment and structure your presentation,
  • how to prepare and deliver a presentation in a shorter period,
  • how to synchronize visual support and (non-)verbal communication,
  • how to deal with non-appropriate words and wordings,
  • how to retranslate your story into a broader adoptable one,
  • how to connect and staying connected with your audience.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • presentation skills
    • persuasion
    • oral communication
    • assertiveness
  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • self-confidence


For whom?

  • PhD students - 9 places available

When & where?

  • 1st edition: June 2 & 16, 2022 - 9:00-17:30
    • Campus Diepenbeek, building D, first day - room A8, second day - room A4
  • 2nd edition: November 8 & 22, 2022, 9:00-17:30
    • Campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4
  • Participation on both days is required.


  • This is a hands-on training, during which you will need to give several presentations (minimum 4 in 2 days, recorded on video). You will need to bring one powerpoint (or prezi) presentation; all other presentations are prepared during the workshop itself.


  • 1st edition: Registrations are closed.
  • 2nd edition: Registration will be possible from mid-August on.
  • Please register only if you can attend both sessions. As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - workshop on communication skills
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - compulsory elective course
  • DS ST: category 'scientific & generic communication' - course about generic communication

What others say

This course exceeded my expectations. Marc has brought me/us so much useful tips and tricks during this workshop, which is not only applicable within our PhD but also for our future career. This was by far one of the most useful workshops that I have followed and I would recommend it to every PhD student.
(participant in 2017)
I strongly recommend and encourage every PhD researcher to attend this workshop. Public speaking is a crucial skill, both inside and outside academia. The workshop is very hands-on and adapted to everyone's needs. You get both general tips & tricks and personal feedback. Marc is an enthusiastic end experienced trainer. I learned a lot and will definitely use the knowledge that I acquired during this workshop in the future.
(participant in 2020)
This training helped me to get structure in my presentation and provided me with many useful tips. The Q&A philosophy ensures structure and by incorporating FAQ or specific questions from your audience, you create a connection. Marc taught me how to tell a compelling story without slides. The individual advice on both verbal and non-verbal communication was also very informative. But especially the fact that we should try to enjoy it, despite the fact that we are nervous or stressed before we enter the floor.
(participant in 2021)
The 'Public Speaking' training days are more than just receiving some tips and tricks about your speaking abilities. It is about your whole communication (verbal and non-verbal), it is about how you can make an impact on your audience and reduce your own stress levels in the meantime. It is about getting to know yourself and your personal communication skills.
(participant in 2021)
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