Training course: Pitching & Presenting

How should you present yourself and your work? Improve your presentation and pitch skills in five training sessions. Do you get tongue-tied in front of an audience? Do you lose your thread when you’re pitching or presenting? Not sure what to do with your hands? Or are you just looking for new ways to improve your presentation skills? If so, this is the right training course for you.  You’ll learn how to develop and consciously apply skills that you can use in any presentation or pitch.

We’ll work on body language, using your voice, using the space, interacting with the audience and structuring your presentation. You’ll learn to become aware and control the way you talk, your mannerisms and your posture. You’ll discover your personal presentation style – the power of your presentation lies in the nuances of your own character, not just technical skills. This course centres on your individual qualities, because presenting is a lot easier and more natural if you can just be yourself.

Class 1 | Body language
Thursday 5 November 2020. 19:00-21:30
What’s your posture like? How do you stand – and what does it signal? What’s the effect of this on you and your audience? In this session, you’ll become more conscious of your physical language. You’ll learn how you can play with it, and how you can use your body to convey a message to your audience.

Class 2 | Communicating with your audience and using the space
Thursday 12 November 2020, 19:00-21:30
How should you move your body in the presentation space? Learn how to direct focus, appeal to your audience, and make the space your own.

Class 3 |  Structure
Thursday 19 November, 19:00-21:30
Learn how to build up your presentation properly – preparation is key!

Class 4 | Voice and breath
Thursday 26 November 2020, 19:00-21:30
How should you tell your story? Where does your breath come from while you’re presenting? Learn to use your voice and breath correctly, so you can present in an easy-going manner and have fun doing it.

Class 5 | Energy and enthusiasm
Thursday 3 December 2020, 19:00-21:30
Your approach to presenting is unique, and it comes from what you feel passionate about. Learn to make the most of this power, to place your trust in it, and let your enthusiasm drive your presentation.

Your trainers
Trainer Marjolein Roeleveld gained her Theatre Teacher BA in 2005 and graduated in Mime at Amsterdam’s Academy of Theatre and Dance in 2012, after which she performed with theatre groups such as Kassys, TG Oostpool, Mtg Golden Palace, Afslag Eindhoven and Jessie L’Herminez. She has also produced her own work, including the past year’s site-specific project Everywhere, Challenging Time at Tilburg railway station. In addition, Roeleveld has developed presentation training courses that centre on individuality, physical awareness, and connecting with the audience. This course has now grown to become a full-fledged part of the syllabus at the Academy of Architecture, and it’s currently under development for other organisations and educational programmes.

Practical info

This trainingcourse is for both English and Dutch speaking students and alumni. You can peform in both Dutch or English and the teacher will coach you in Dutch or English.

Who it’s for
This training course is intended for AHK students and alumni who want to improve their presentation and pitching of themselves and their own work. No prior knowledge is required to participate. The structure of course means it’s important that you attend all five sessions. So please check you can attend on all the dates before registering.

The fees for this course are 37.50 euros. Please notice: due to the current COVID-19 measures there are only limited places available, so register soon. The lessons will always take place. If the measures will be more strict in the future and an offline course isn’t possible, the course will be given online via ZOOM.

AHK Culture Club
Marineterrein Amsterdam
Kattenburgerstraat 5
Building 027 K
1018 JA Amsterdam

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