Presenting skills

Whether you are a PhD candidate, postdoc or otherwise engaged in research: giving a lecture, defending a grant proposal or presenting at a conference is part of everyday life. Wherever you have to do this, with a good presentation people understand better what you mean and –perhaps even more important- remember you better.

Target group

(Young) researchers of Leiden University and the LUMC who are preparing an important presentation in the near future.

Working method & course content

During this course you will be designing your own presentation on paper and laptop, so you have to bring a first draft on your own laptop, since you will be working with that material.

The course will pay attention to:
- Attuning content and form of your presentation
- Designing a presentation for a specific audience
- Slide design and illustrations that support your message convincingly; do’s and don’ts of power point
- Speaking skills: authentic and convincingly speaking, verbal and non-verbal aspects, answering questions and reducing fear of speaking in public.

After the course each participant can register for one hour of individual coaching by one of the course tutors.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others/LUMC (Others/LUMC (or when you have no access to Self service): can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date. When the course is not mentioned in the overview, this means all courses are full, then you can send a mail to HRM-opleidingen . As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


2017/1: 10 March 9.00-17.00 pm (including lunch) + 31 March 9.00-13.00. (Course in English)
2017/2: 17 November 9.00-17.00 pm (including lunch) + 8 December 9.00-13.00. (Course in English)

Venue: Academiegebouw/Facultyclub, Rapenburg 70, Leiden 


The final workload of this course amounts to 18 hrs in total including preparation, attendance, homework and reading.

Costs & cancellation

For PhD candidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge.
Other participants: €250

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation within two weeks before the first course date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 100.

Course tutors

Kick Moors works with Leiden University as a coach for researchers who are preparing their presentation for a grant proposal. He also is the tutor of the course Networking skills for young scientists.

Hermen Visser works as a scientific journalist for NTR, VPRO en and as graphical designer for Leiden University, Naturalis and the  LUMC. Based on his experience in this field coaches scientists to attune the content to the form of their presentation, for instance to build a convincing presentation for a  grant application.

Any questions?

Experiences of participants

Would you recommend the course to colleagues? :
Yes, absolutely! I have learnt some important points about e.g. using a hook at the beginnning of the presentation.
Yes, because it can improve presenting skills
Yes, there is something useful in it for every PhD student.

Last Modified: 12-12-2016