Present Your Science More Effectively.

Communicating Science

Science cannot exist without communication. Discoveries are often the result of collaborations of dozens of scientists. Society is constantly looking over your shoulders, curious of your results and often very critical of the approach and efficiency of the “expensive” science. The competition for funding your research forces you to be cogent, comprehensible and profound.

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To be successful in such an environment, your ability to present a clear, informative and convincing story that is tailored to your audience is essential and can make a huge difference to your research. You will become more credible and will make a lasting impression at conferences. It simply helps to speed up your career. It also ensures that decision makers better understand your goals; as a result, you may receive more grants, collaborate with the best partners, and your inventions reach the market sooner.

Our unique method helps you develop the skills you need to become a more successful presenter.

Four Elements of Presenting

As a scientist, when it comes to your work, you are educated to be rational, objective and critical. But when you communicate with an audience you have to talk to them in the same way as they see you, both rational and emotional. Their understanding of what you say is the result of all the clues they can put together: of course the words you say, but also how you say them. Your facial expressions, tone of voice, body language, any telling words you let drop and also the design of your slides, the stories you tell and the way you visualize your data define the success of your presentation.

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To meet their expectations you have to master the Four Elements of Effective Presenting: Connect, Audience, Storytelling and You. You have to make and maintain a strong Connection by engaging and relating with your Audience through Stories and Your vocal and non-verbal skills. In short: C.A.S.Y.

We have developed a unique method for you to master these elements. It combines a clear outline for your preparation and structure of your presentation with insights and exercises from (improvisational) theater, the science of storytelling and the latest developments in slide design and data visualization.

Applied Improvisation

To develop your personal presentation style and learn to control what you are communicating we work with a set of specifically designed exercises. With Applied Improvisation you learn to observe the other person, track their body language and tone of voice, intuit their thoughts and feelings. It helps you to suppress your self-awareness and stop the thinking, comparing and judging.

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Training

We believe in experiential learning. That is why all of our courses are highly interactive. We create a safe learning environment in which we challenge you to be open, take risks and take in relevant, constructive feedback. Of course, you can apply your new insights and knowledge the next day at work.

At this moment we offer the following courses. Click on the icons for more information. Feel free to
contact us if you have any questions.

  • Present with presence

    Presenting is more than just being a voice-over of your slides. You are required to communicate with your peers and colleagues, but also with opinion leaders, politicians, investors, journalists and other stakeholders. Presenting is something you do every day all day.

    In this training you will learn all the aspects of effective presenting: how to make and maintain a strong, meaningful connection with your audience, how to engage and relate to your audience by using the power of storytelling and how use your vocal and non-verbal skills.

  • Pitch to get funded

    Pitching to investors is a skill every scientist who starts or owns a company should learn. Pressed by time the stakes are high, so you have to excel in your story, your slides and your performance. Most of the time you have only one shot at success.

    In this training you will learn how to create a killer pitch. We will focus on effective slide design, data-visualization and storytelling, powerful vocal and non-verbal skills and how to tell your story in 1 minute.

  • Engaging data-driven presentations

    Content-based presentations in science are obviously based on scientific data. Often these data are not easy to interpret for outsiders, even when they are experts.

    In this training you will learn how to visualize your results and design clear, straightforward charts and slides. Together with the power of storytelling you will learn how to get your message across to your audience more effectively, even the ‘boring’ details of your results.

  • Conference calls with impact

    In science you collaborate with many people all over the world. Conference calls are the best way to have meetings with all of them. But a conference call can be so much more than just a meeting on the phone. It can inspire and motivate your team to achieve more. It can improve the relationship with your customers, employees and partners. And it can increase new business.

    In this training you will learn how to have more effective conversations. You will develop a clear and active voice. And you will learn how to use slides in your advantage.

Coaching

Do you have any specific needs and wishes when it comes to presentations? Is there something you always have been struggling with and want to tackle once and for all? Or do you have an important pitch or keynote coming up and could you use some constructive feedback? Then coaching is for you.

We love one-on-one coaching, because it enables us to help you the best way we can. Completely tailored to your situation and with the possibility to quickly adjust every session to what comes up.

We offer two kinds of coaching. Click on the icons for more information. Feel free to
contact us if you have any questions.

  • Private coaching

    Battling stage fright, getting rid of saying uhm, being able to give good constructive answers without loosing track, be more concise, working on finding more authority in voice and body; these are just a few goals we had in our private coaching sessions. Maybe you recognize something or maybe you have a specific question, the content of a coaching is always about what you want to learn.

    The length and number of sessions are dependent of you and your situation. But to be effective we work with a minimum of four sessions with a duration of two hours each session.

  • Pitch / keynote coaching

    A pitch is a very specific kind of presentation. The time you have is strictly limited, the stakes are high, there is only one chance at success and your audience most often aren't scientists. Getting your message across in a concise way that appeals to your audience in such a way that you get a second meeting is the challenge.

    A keynote is another specific kind of presentation. You have more time, but the stakes are also very high. Most often your audience is a mix of people with different backgrounds and you have to tailor your story to the theme of the conference.

    These presentations acquire a different approach and a lot more preparation. In both cases we can help you with that. If it is about structuring your content, or making sure you make and maintain a connection with your audience, or you getting your message across or that you use your voice and body language to achieve your goal.

    The length and number of sessions are dependent of you and your situation. But to be effective we work with a minimum of four sessions with a duration of two hours each session.

Unique Combination of Science and Training

With our unique combination of extensive experience in science communication, coaching & training and applied improvisation we are well suited to help you to improve your presentation skills. So you are able to present your research more clearly and effectively to colleagues, opinion leaders, policy makers, the media and everyone else inside and outside your work field.

Spreekmeesters is founded by Jos Joore and Marco Rochette.

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Jos Joore

  • Jos (1964) is a biotech entrepreneur with over 18 years of executive level bio-business experience…>>

    …and 8 years in biosciences. He has given hundreds of pitches and presentations.

    As co-managing director and co-founder of MIMETAS, Jos closed deals with most top-10 pharma companies, secured series A and B investment rounds and enabled mass production & global marketing of OrganoPlates.

    Previously, he has held managerial positions within biotech companies Pepscan, Skyline Diagnostics, Kreatech and Westburg.

    Jos holds a masters degree in Biology, a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and a cum laude masters degree in Business Marketing. Presently Jos is involved as consultant.
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Marco Rochette

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