Get confident and overcome stage fright!

Class will be held at EUR campus Woudestein and will start on the week of September 19th, see time slots in the form below.

Do it now, it's free.

Time to cover the public speaking basics

Do you feel nervous when speaking in front of a larger group? Fear of public speaking is responsible for a 15% cut in one's chances to be promoted to a management level. Public speaking is a crucial skill for a successful career, whether academic or otherwise.

Browse the Lesson Plan

This 6-week course will help you to master the basic tools, tactics and mindset for conquering the stage. This course is ideal for people with zero to limited experience with public speaking (and no, presenting in front of your peers on your tutorials doesn't count as experience😉. 

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 

+317 students trained with a 90% course satisfaction rate

Students' Testimonials

What do previous participants have to say about the course?

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.

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.

Sumeyye Polat

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.

Neha Bagga

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.

Sara Bakx

Important Information

LifeVersity is funded by the Community for Learning and Innovation which allow us to give the courses for free for EUR students and fresh alumni. A deposit fee has been installed in the registration process please read more about it here.

It's 100% Free

Upon registration, a deposit of 20€ will be charged to secure your spot. Once you have completed the course, you get your money back.

4 hours per week

Is the time you need to commit to finish the course successfully. Around 1 hour for prep work and 2.5 hours for the training.

Certified Course

If you complete the course successfully, you will receive a badge and a certificate that you can claim through Badgr.

Meet the trainers

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

KOUSAR SEDIGI

Mondays at 17h00 or Wednesdays at 17h00


Kousar is a freelance IT Consultant. His love for public speaking comes from the fact that speeches can shape history. He believes everyone can become a great public speaker, and wants to embark on this journey with those who want to unlock this skill. 

DOMNICA PREDESCU

Tuesdays at 18h15 or Thursdays at 17h00


Public speaking and debate are a key aspect of Domnica's personality. From MUN conferences and being a student mentor, to working as Communication Officer at Leiden University, she has been perfecting both skills for the last 8 years. Her goal is to give your voice an amplifier!

MICHELLE VERHEIJ

Thursdays at 16h00


Michelle fell in love with theatre over 20 years ago. Doing theatre helped her become a great communicator and public speaker. Passionate about helping others, she has built her experience as a trainer and facilitator over the past few years. Her goal: to take your skills to the next level!

RECORDINGS

Small parts of some sessions might be recorded, or screenshots of the zoom calls might be taken for communication, education and/or marketing purposes.

DISCLAIMER

Please note that this program is not a therapy session, and in case you experience severe public speaking anxiety, we recommend seeking the support of a certified psychologist. 

*Applications work on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, time slots will only open if a minimum of 8 students enroll.

MANAGEMENT OF DATA

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Interested in Public Speaking Fundamentals? We will contact you when registrations are open again.

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