Get confident and overcome your fear of public speaking.


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This 6-week training program will be held once a week, fully online.

Starting on the week of November 2nd:

Online Zoom sessions will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday at 17h00 and Fridays at 16h00 and 17h30.

You can choose your preferred time-slot on our sign up form.

Join the +100 students trained at Erasmus Public Speaking Academy

Do you feel nervous when speaking in front of a larger group? Master the basic tools, tactics and mindset for conquering the stage.

Fear of public speaking is responsible for a 15% cut in one's chances to be promoted to a management level. The ability to speak in front of people and deliver a clear message is a crucial skill for a successful career, whether academic or otherwise. 


Erasmus Public Speaking Academy is a free 6-week training program that focuses on the development of public speaking confidence through practice, feedback and skill training. All this is done in a safe small-group environment.
Week 1: How to speak confidently without preparation

You'll meet your instructor and establish a comfortable group. Apply key principles of improvisational public speaking and BIO feedback.

Week 2: How to use non-verbal communication

In this session, you will learn to center your body language (gestures, facial expression, movements, posture) and how to express it freely.

Week 3: How to manage your voice

Reflect on own use of voice and apply adequate vocal projection and vocal tools (pause, pitch, stress, volume, pace, emotions) to your own speech.

Week 4: How to create a memorable speech

Structure: the key to a memorable speech. You will learn the concepts of ethos, pathos and logos, and how to apply them to your speech.

Week 5: Audience Management

You will learn how to get attention, lead and interact with the audience.

Online version: Learn different forms of online public speaking.

Week 6: Time to conquer the stage

It will be time to prepare and face one last challenge: the honor of being one of the main speakers at our public event: EURxTalks, at 1.5m distance of course.


Last year’s course was completed by 42 participants, which gave average rating of satisfaction with the course 9.5.

I think the course was very well structured, we practiced and got motivated. There was feedback to improve our skills and great examples. In a safe environment everyone could practice and learn from each other as well.



I loved working on improvisation, since it helped me to get out of my head, relax and enjoy the moment. I also loved the exercises outside, mindfulness and body exercises. It made us feel like we can think out of the box, yet be who we really are.



8 weeks ago I didn't think I could learn to enjoy public speaking, but yesterday I prooved myself wrong! Thanks to the Erasmus Public Speaking Academy I got the skills and the confidence to give a TEDx-talk for a big audience.




Our team of trainers consist of experienced public speakers and teachers. Each group will have a dedicated trainer that will lead you throughout the whole program.

Eliz Hafaz       

Is an EUR alumni. After finishing her Bachelor in Psychology, Eliz decided to pursue a MSc in Economic and Consumer Psychology, something that took her interest while she was doing her minor in RSM. Her interest in Public Speaking derives from being exposed to an audience since she was a little child: from giving presentations and participating in tutorial groups to leading ceremonies and performing stage plays with a large audience. With her experience as a trainer at Cedo Nulli and Lead Your Future Programme, Eliz is ready to share her tips and strategies about how to perform in front of an audience.

Kudrat Paramjit       

Is a MSc student at RSM. Public speaking has always been a source of excitement and uncertainty for her. Excitement because she loves being on stage and getting the audience engaged, uncertainty because of feeling nervous just before stepping on stage. Rather than shying away, she challenged herself with our EPSA and APS courses: not only she knows how to push herself out of her own comfort zone and address her own challenges, but also  knows the public speaking struggles a student might face. Her passion is helping people develop themselves and she can't wait to help you to let your voice being heard.

Ayan Joshi        

Is a Strategic Management Master student at RSM. Before moving to Rotterdam, he lived in Malaysia, where he attended multiple student leader’s conferences organized by the Malaysian Ministry of Education. There, Ayan discovered an ardency for teaching and public speaking. He aims to become a professor and work towards the improvement of education standards in less developed regions of the world. His dream is to work with governments and supranational bodies to help improve literacy levels across developing countries. Over the last 3 years, Ayan has worked as a tutor, ambassador and student representative for the IBA programme at EUR and in the process, has worked alongside faculty members and more than 50 students.

Nina Wang       

Is a postgraduate in Sociology. Her passion for education, teaching and mentoring started from a young age and after completing her studies, Nina has dedicated herself to being in the classroom and gaining experience in a teaching environment. She has tutored students in academic skills to help them develop strong writing skills and a starting ‘toolkit’ on how-to deliver great presentations in front of an audience. Nina believes soft skills are crucial, in and outside the classroom, and are often not stressed enough in higher education – which is why  she joined LifeVersity as a trainer. Her mission: help her trainees develop their own unique ‘toolkit’ for confidently speaking in front of an audience.

Jelmer Smits       

As a former EUR student himself (MSc Global Business & Sustainability), Jelmer would like to give current students something he dearly missed himself during his studies: valuable & accessible lessons in presentation skills. Not only he has his own business in teaching presentation skills ( where he focuses on comfortable habits that drastically improve everyone’s presentation performances, but he has also taught two rounds of EPSA. This time around he'll be in charge of the Dutch version of the project.

Eloy Uwumarogie       

Is an organizational psychologist with a big interest in teaching, personal development and training. This interest has led him to take on various teaching and training roles. Eloy has given several sales trainings for face to face salespeople and he is currently  working as a psychology tutor and trainer at EUR. Eloy is happy to branch out by providing soft skills training to students with all kinds of educational backgrounds and is taking over the first Dutch cohort of the Erasmus Public Speaking Academy.

Bianca Bianica       

Is an IBA bachelor student. She has been in love with public speaking since high school where her passion for empowering people and seeing them reach the best version of themselves ignited. Ever since, she has taken every opportunity she had to help people develop in some way, be it personal or professional. Bianca has been a trainer at LifeVersity for the past 2 editions, and has also taught the Professional Development course at EUR. She cannot wait to help our new students get over their fear of public speaking and will be taking over the online edition of the course.

Vlaicu Motrescu       

Sees public speaking as both a skill that everybody should have and an activity that is a lot of fun. Having initially joined LifeVersity as a student in the Public Speaking course, he eventually decided to give back the same amazing experience he received by becoming a trainer. Passionate about political communication, he will always give examples from political speeches if you let him. With him, you'll become a regular Obama-level public speaker in no time..

Students trained


with a 95% course satisfaction rate


Get a certificate

Upon completion of the course and successful delivery of the final speech or final assignment, you will receive a digital certificate. 

Try the online version

Not in Rotterdam during term 1? Do you prefer to avoid campus due to COVID-19? This is fully online course!

Public Speaking in Dutch?

For the past year, we've run Erasmus Public Speaking Academy exclusively in English. We want to start a Dutch version, send us an email if you are interested!


The course

EUR's education policy during term 1 and 2 is blended education. Therefore, our classes will have both access to the online environment on CANVAS and will be paired with either live sessions on campus for our live classes or video-call sessions for our online program. These sessions will last on average 1.5h to 2h.

No. Before every session you will get the preparation materials: from videos to watch and assignments to our online modules recorded by Matt and Didi.

Yes, you will get our beautiful EPSA certificate in PDF format. For the online course, you need to attend the 5 weeks of class and send your final video speech. For the offline course, you need to attend at least 4 of the 5 training sessions, and participate in EURxTalks.

Our offline and online course both last now 6 weeks. The online course consist of online resources and materials on CANVAS (speeches, video lessons recorded by our trainers, assignments), 4 group video-call sessions and 1 final video speech project while the offline version includes the participation at EURxTalks on week 6.

Conditions to apply

You can sign up for any of our courses from August 31st to September 11st. You just need to fill up the form. We will contact you to confirm your participation in the course.

Both the English and Dutch offline Public Speaking courses are for EUR students, fresh EUR alumni and Hogeschool Rotterdam students. For our online Public Speaking course, students will need access to the CANVAS environment, therefore only students with a valid ERNA ID can apply for the online version.


No. The whole LifeVersity project is possible thanks to the support of Community for Learning and Innovation and Students-4-Students. All of our courses are completely FREE for students and fresh alumni.

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