Blog

Subscribe to our newsletter and keep up to date with our latest tips and upcoming activities.

  • Learning to present better by hopping on an airplane

    Do you ever pay attention to the safety tutorials on an airplane? I’m guessing no. You’ve seen them numerous times before and they bore you …

    Read more

  • How a five-minute presentation changed our lives

    If anyone tells us that presentations don’t make an impact, we answer them about the five-minute presentation that changed our lives. This is the story …

    Read more

  • Is there life after your PhD?

    ‘It’s hopeless,’ says Fons Leroy, head of the Flemish Employment Service VDAB, after having spoken with a couple of PhD students. ‘They don’t have a …

    Read more

  • Slide design for Dummies Part II

    Reworking your slides is not as painstaking as you may think. It is often just a matter of adding some extra boxes and selecting the …

    Read more

  • 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 …

    Read more

  • 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. …

    Read more

  • PechaKucha: the dream of any audience

    A world without boring PowerPoint presentations? It may sometimes feel like less of a struggle combatting climate change, than teaching speakers to give strong presentations. Fortunately there …

    Read more

  • How to explain difficult things

    ‘That will never work, my research is just too complex.’ Researchers often feel that they are simply buried too deep in their research domain to …

    Read more

  • Can robots make us into better presenters?

    Robots are already capable of a great number of things. But for them to give a presentation? Nah. That is what I thought. And possibly, so …

    Read more

  • Why your research is (not) hitting the media

    So, why is your scientific breakthrough not hitting the news? After all, you did your best: you found a clever angle, reached out to your …

    Read more

  • Letter to Donald Trump

    Dear Mister President, In the newspapers I read that your Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Wilbur Ross, had fallen asleep during your speech in Jerusalem. No need …

    Read more

  • 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 …

    Read more

  • Never go overtime again during your presentation

    5 helpful tips for successful time management. There’s nothing more annoying than presenters going overtime, upsetting the entire program. But how should you manage your time …

    Read more

  • 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 …

    Read more

  • Find the opposition

    Imagine that you are driving along a dark highway. You are all alone in the car and the road is deserted. You have another 400 …

    Read more

  • No more excuses! What not to say during a presentation

    Just a couple of words could make or break your presentation. Has this ever happened to you? That moment when you think: ‘Drat, where is …

    Read more

  • Creating a poster in 4 clear steps

    Our blog is filled with advice on how to create your next poster. And yet, many researchers are simply not applying those tips. Why is …

    Read more

  • 5 tips to score points with your PhD defense

    Could you also apply our presentation tips to a PhD defense? This is a question we are often asked. As if jury members at a PhD defense …

    Read more

  • 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 …

    Read more

  • Why your presentation should not be anything like Facebook

    Imagine life being a string of Facebook posts. A latte macchiato on a sunny day, attending a festival together with good friends, completing that 10K event, …

    Read more

  • How to write and send newsletters

    Instead of aiming to improve your presentation skills, this blog post will show you how to share your research with the world. A newsletter is an …

    Read more

  • Start thinking like a burglar

    Having company over is fun, except when they show up unexpectedly. Or worse, if they turn your whole house upside down. That happened to me not …

    Read more

  • Why general practitioners are bad presenters, and what you could learn from this

    The guidelines for the thesis presentations for our future general practitioners (GP's) are as follows: Give a 10-minute presentation containing no more than 10 slides with …

    Read more

  • How to make it into the news (and detect mechanical doping)

    Wouldn’t you secretly love for your research to be featured on the radio, on news websites or in the newspaper? This happened to Jeroen Peeters, …

    Read more

  • 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 …

    Read more

  • First aid kit for difficult questions

    What to do when you don’t know the answer to a question from your audience? Crumble in fearRun awayMake something up Neither one of these will probably …

    Read more

1 2 3 4