Slide design

Do jam-packed, illegible slides make you shudder? During our workshop you will discover how to put just enough relevant information on your slides and we will also share with you some graphic design tips.

We cover these topics

  • Added value Why should you use slides?
  • Alternatives How do you handle no (or fewer) slides?
  • Step-by-step plan How do you get started?
  • Number of words What is the ideal number?
  • Essence How do you select the text?
  • Structure Where do you put it on the slide?
  • Photos or icons Where can you find them?
  • Data and graphs How do you best present them?
  • Uniformity How do you ensure unity? Using templates?
  • Rhythm The slides follow you, not the other way around, right?
  • On stage How do you best present your slides?
  • Online What do you pay attention to when you virtually share slides?
  • Target audience


    Researchers, scientists, students and professionals, at universities, colleges, governments, companies and associations.

  • Format


    Online, on location or blended learning. Additional sessions are possible.

  • Language


    English or Dutch

  • Instructor


    Hans Van de Water, science communication expert and founder of The Floor is Yours.

  • Approach


    Our workshops are always:

    Customized We adapt the content to the target group.

    Interactive We involve the participants and let them immediately try out our tips.

    Specific No endless chatter, but practical tips and recognizable examples.

Create your training

  • Workshop

    During the workshop, participants will receive our best presentation tips, with customized examples and practical exercises. Choose between a half or full-day workshop. A short version of one hour or two hours is possible too.

  • Try-out session (optional)

    Knowing how to do it is one thing, but applying this to your own topic and getting immediate feedback will ensure the very best learning experience. We do this in a small group during the try-out session.

  • Book (optional)

    Our book ‘The floor is yours: Because life is too short for bad presentations’ contains useful presentation tips and useful tools. It is an ideal addition to this workshop.

Sample combinations

  • A 2-hour online workshop with 10 participants, followed by two try-out sessions in the afternoon.
  • A half day workshop, in combination with the book ‘The floor is yours’.

Try-out session

With a try-out session, the participants will have the opportunity to process our tips from the workshop and really apply them to their own research or project. During the session they will review some of their slides and receive feedback from the instructor and fellow participants. (5 participants, 1,5-2 hours per session)

The combination of the workshop and a try-out session generally produces the best results. We also offer video feedback.

Book The Floor is Yours

The book ‘The floor is yours: Because life is too short short for bad presentations’ is the ideal addition to our workshops. It not only deals with the topics from the workshop, but also goes into more detail, provides additional examples and offers useful tools that the reader can implement right away. A ‘must read’ according to Jan-Willem Toering, director of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV).

More info about the book

What do the participants think?

  • Over the past couple of years, The Floor is Yours has been hosting a guest workshop during our Summer School on English for Academic Purposes. The participants are always very enthusiastic after the workshop, thanks to the many practical tips and the useful assignment with feedback. They can immediately put the tips into practice throughout the rest of the course, and long afterwards.

    Zoë Teuwen Coordinator Academic English (Linguapolis, University of Antwerp)
  • Pitch your research

    Need to explain your research or project to a jury or a large audience in one to three minutes? We will help you to find the essence and to convey it convincingly. Less is more!

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  • Your research in the media

    Does no one seem interested in your research? During this practical workshop you will learn to think like a journalist. We will look for the wow factor that makes your research captivating.

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  • Presentation performance

    How do you give a confident impression on stage and in front of the webcam with stress raging through your body? Come discover our practical tips on body language, voice projection, and interaction.

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