Self-presentation: presenting yourself and your research Courses for beginning PhD candidates

Course information

ECTS: 2.5 
Number of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 8
Entry level: Introduction
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • € 440,- for non-members
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information.


Telephone: +31 10 4082607 (Graduate School)

Edition I

Session 1
March 29 (Thursday) 2018
Tinbergen building (directions) room H5-05

Session 2
April 12 (Thursday) 2018
Mandeville building (directions) room T3-32

Edition II

Session 1
April 19 (Wednesday) 2018
G building (directions) room 38

Session 2
May 3 (Thursday) 2018
G building (directions) room 38


Whenever you communicate you cannot get round the fact that you present yourself, both verbally and non-verbally (i.e. self-presentation). In this self-presentation about 80% of your message is non-verbal and will determine what other people think/feel about you. But what if you are not in control of your own feelings and thoughts? How can you make a good impression knowing that what you feel will be communicated by your body, whether you like it or not?

In this two day course you will learn how to get a grip on your presentation, with structure and by using the influence of your body and your senses on your state of mind (PreSENSE method). You will develop a toolbox of techniques, which will help you to present yourself as who you are and nothing else, in front of whatever group, with a good feeling, with structure and with control. Result: a presentation everyone will remember.

Working method

The workshop uses the following formats:  

  • Discussions on the topic of self-presentation;
  • Presentations and physical exercises;
  • Feedback on self-presentation;
  • Take-home assignments.

A lot of the exercises make use of gamification, making it fun to learn.

Learning objectives

Taking part in the workshop will provide you with:

  • a change in your way of thinking about presenting and self-presentation (change in cognition);
  • a method (the Barbara Minto Pyramid principle) to structure your information and eventually turn it into a slideshow;    
  • a toolbox of techniques that will help you just before and during your self-presentation;
  • a way to boost your concentration, whenever you need it;
  • healthy game tension before a presentation in front of a group, instead of stress and possibility of blockage;
  • an enlarged awareness of the usage of your body, speech and surroundings in a self-presentation;
  • a clearer and more efficient way of speaking, with less words;
  • more ease and control in you self-presentation.

Suitable for

  • The course is suitable for all PhD candidates.
  • Participant will use their PHD topic to present with.

Preparatory assignment

In advance of the first course session you will be require to prepare an assignment, which will be forwarded well in advance of the first session.

Session descriptions

Session 1:

  • Presenting without slides
  • Creating structure: Building pyramids (Barbara Minto Pyramid principle).
  • Presenting skills without slides. How to interact with your audience.

Session 2:

  • Presenting with slides. How should a slideshow be designed and how to interact with your slides.
  • Presenting skills without slides. How to speak efficient and effective.

About the instructor

While studying applied physics at the TU-Delft, Gerben Tuin also practiced the art of theatre. He finished his studies, but decided to become a professional actor. During his search for the best way to act he developed the PreSENSE method.

His method is not only useful for presenting in front of large groups, but also makes you aware of who you are, as a presenter of yourself and your work in daily life: your self-presentation. Currently Gerben works as an actor, director, (script-)writer and presentation coach.