Training & Coaching

During his doctoral studies, Ben noticed that the skills he had acquired in improvisational theater helped him clearly communicate his scientific findings to an audience. Lectures became more lively and the message seemed to stick better with his listeners. This is not only the case in science. For proper functioning of a company, good communicational and people skills prove essential.  

ERLNMYR can help out with

  • A course on stage training,
  • a workshop on pitching
  • one-to-one coaching for public speaking,
  • an unusual teambuilding. 

Stage training

Standing on stage and interacting with an audience is not the average scientist’s cup of tea. And a wider audience is an entirely different experience than speaking to fellow experts in your field. In this workshop we will practice and improve our stage skills. There are technical skills such as being understandable, being visible and speaking with a microphone. And importantly, we will work on stage presence and connecting to the audience so you can comfortable address them. Science deserves a stage, and you deserve to shine on it!

Presentation clinic for science communication

How do you engage a wider audience for an idea, project or scientific research? Try out your presentation on the test audience in this workshop and learn from the other participants. The constructive tips of doctor in linguistics Ben Verhoeven will support you where necessary. An idea for a class at kids’ university, a talk for the Science Slam or other form of science communication, we will work on it together. We’ll provide each other with a fresh look, creative support and constructive feedback.

One-to-one coaching for public speaking

Preparing for an important presentation? About to defend your doctoral thesis or your application for a new project? Time to boost those public speaking skills with a more personal approach. Guided by the techniques we learn in improvisational theater, we get used to the idea of speaking to an audience. Ben will use his expertise as a science communicator and former researcher to fine-tune your presentation. The goal and end result of this personal course? Turning you into a confident public speaker and making your message crystal clear!

Collaboration and communication

Collaborating with fellow scientists comes in many different forms: attending a meeting with colleagues from the same research group, writing an article with co-authors or organizing the yearly Christmas party with other PhD students.

In this workshop, you learn how to position yourself in a constructive way, verbally and non-verbally, how you can find the best ideas together and what you can do in case of miscommunication. That way, you can get the most out of every collaboration.

In collaboration with Jenny Hasenack.

Pitching your research to adults and kids

In this practical workshop, you will create a brand new pitch to introduce your research to family, friends, and their children. You will learn about communicating your research question, methods and results to broader and younger audiences, all while receiving personal feedback.

An unusual teambuilding

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so let’s turn down that work switch for a while. With a course in improvisational theater, you get to know your colleagues in an unusual and even hilarious manner. A playful approach to improvisation and an unforgettable teambuilding! 

Improv for improvisers

Already passionate about improvisational theater? Then our range of artistic workshops is more your scene. These workshops are regularly taught within different groups, both in Belgium and abroad.