Erasmus Public Speaking Academy will be back in September 2021!

Our last cohort of the academic year is over, but don't be sad, we are coming back in September 2021 to start the new academic year 2021-2022 infused with public speaking!

Get confident and overcome stage fright!

Erasmus Public Speaking Academy is our free 6-week beginner training program that focuses on the development of public speaking confidence through practice, feedback and skill training. 
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 and 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 streamed online.


What did previous participants say?

Based on 70 students who completed both pre and post measurements, self-reported public speaking anxiety went down on average by 23.5% for each student that completed the course.

Last year’s course was completed by 110 participants, who gave an average rating of 8.9 overall course satisfaction.

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.




Join the +200 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.


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.

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.

Students trained


with a 89% course satisfaction rate


The course

The courses will be taught via Zoom. Your teacher will send you the Zoom link before the lessons

You will need to do some preparatory work before the class, such as watching some videos or prepare some exercises. Thus, we recommend an average of 1h to 2h per week, besides your weekly Zoom meeting with your trainer.

Yes, you will get our beautiful EPSA certificate in PDF format. You need to attend the 5 out of 6 weeks of class, participate in the EURxTalks and fill-out the end of the program survey. The certificate will be sent by the end of April.

Yes, EURxTalks are still a thing! Since we cannot host the event on campus, we've decided to take the EURxTalks stage fully online too: you will deliver your final speech in an open online streamed event with all the Erasmus Public Speaking Academy students, trainers and whoever you want to invite to see!

Conditions to apply

You can sign up for any of our available courses until March 1st at midnight. You just need to fill up the form. We will contact you to confirm your participation in the course. Spots are limited. For this cohort, we will keep it simple: first come, first served.

Because of the current situation, all of our courses are hold fully online through the CANVAS platform, therefore you need to be an EUR students or fresh alumni with a valid ERNA ID.


No! Trainings are 100% free of charge. The whole LifeVersity project is possible thanks to the support of Community for Learning and Innovation and Students-4-Students. All we ask it's for you to commit to finish the course.

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