Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Powers of Persuasion for Future World Leaders

when 20 July 2015 - 31 July 2015
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1135

How do you get other people to do what you would like them to do? This course focuses on everything from personal speaking skills to mediation skills, from hard negotiations to inspirational leadership. In this course you will learn how to become a leader in discussions and debates, and bring people together in a common vision.

From delivering the most engaging speech in the limelight to brokering the best possible deal behind the scenes to inspiring your audience, you need to be able to do it all if you ever want to be a successful leader.

There are three parts to this course. Firstly, you will learn how to be the best speaker you can be. Learning how to bring convincing arguments to any debate, and present them as convincingly as possible. Second, you will enter the world of politics and business, learning how to influence decisions and negotiate deals. Finally, with great power comes great responsibility. Having the tools to persuade others begs the question of what you want to achieve in the world. In the last part of the course we will focus on what is important to you, what you want to change in the world, and how you can inspire others to join your cause.
After completing this program you will be a better speaker, a more formidable negotiator and a leader who can inspire others.

This program is for students from all over the world and from any field, who are able to communicate in English, and are looking to take their skills in persuasion to the next level. This course is taught by instructors who are both from the academic world as well as work professionally in training politicians and CEOs around the world to communicate more effectively.

Course leader

Marc Gebuis, MSc

Target group

The target group is people willing to learn techniques in the area of communication with an appetite for practical exercises and fun sessions. Past groups had very diverse participants, including: undergraduate students, master students, PhD students and people working in the private sector.

Course aim

The purpose of this course is to teach participants the basics and some advanced techniques in the areas of: presentation, debating and negotiation. Participants will be better able to influence and control communication processes. The course is given by communication professionals with experience in the private and public sector, lobbying and international development.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1135: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 795: Course + course materials


Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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