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Every month we share a blog post about clear and convincing communication.

  • How deep down are you?

    The longer you do research or perform any other type of work, the deeper you dig. This is called expertise. You begin with both of …

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  • How to pitch your idea

    Do you sometimes need to sell an idea to your own team, a subsidy agency, or even potential buyers? That means you will be pitching. …

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  • Where is the Brussels inner ring road located?

    There is more jargon out there than you think. In this blog post we will answer the question: ‘Where exactly is the Brussels inner ring …

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  • From mediocre to masterly in 48 hours

    ‘Everything is under control’, he assures me. It is Sunday evening. In exactly 48 hours he will be presenting his talk at the University of …

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  • Slide design for dummies

    Because all too many researchers struggle with the design of their presentation, I wanted to show you a couple of before-and-after slide examples. Extreme slide …

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  • Dead fish in your audience?

    You have just spent hours preparing your presentation. Your results are excellent and your slides are top of the line. And yet, your audience is giving …

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  • Templates: three ground rules

    You probably know them all too well: those presentation templates with each slide displaying the institute’s logo, a dash of color here, a bit of …

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  • Professional photos for your posters and presentations

    “Google” is typically the answer to the question “where did you get the photos for your presentation and posters?” And yet, there are two issues with …

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  • Fear of public speaking

    Five tips to turn your anxiety into an ally Cold sweats. Forgetting your lines. Red face. Stuttering. Croaky voice. Feeling as if you’re completely losing control over …

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  • SlideDog: useful tool to avoid awkward presentation mistakes

    Out of the blue – projected on that big screen up front – is a picture of the organizer, wearing only swimming trunks, holding a …

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  • How much food are you throwing away?

    We throw away one third of our food’, I read in the newspaper. A calculation made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United …

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  • These 5 deadly sins will wreck your presentation

    How much time are we devoting to presentations worldwide? How much money are companies coughing up to have people attend presentations that have very little …

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  • Top speaker also on top at your event

    You are blown away by a certain speaker. This guy received a standing ovation. How perfect would it be to have him also speak at …

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  • The world population in Ikea boxes

    Which researcher is a must-see? Without a doubt, Hans Rosling. In an interview, this Swedish statistician talks about presenting data that people can both enjoy …

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