How can you grow your influence as a leader? This unique two-day course advances your non-verbal skills, as you’ll learn how to create more impact in your communication and interaction.

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Learning objectives

By participating in this course you will boost your non-verbal communication skills.

  • You will learn how to be in the ‘spotlight’ with ease and confidence
  • motivate and inspire as a leader
  • discover and further develop your authentic presence.
  • Increase your non-verbal communication skills for greater impact.

This course offers exercises tailored to each participant with instant feedback and coaching catered to your situation and goals. You will have the chance to push yourself and see the impact and growth right away. You will walk away with a sense of accomplishment and tangible ideas that you can put into practice immediately.

For whom

See where other participants come from

The Leading with Presence is for anyone who wants to align their body language and voice with the message they wish to convey. Especially people with a management, consulting or sales position will boost their non-verbal communication skills through this programme.


Read what previous participants say about this programme

An exciting way of acquiring a toolbox for aligning posture and voice to enhance a delivered message. During the course one has plenty of opportunities to practise and become aware of all the elements in the toolbox. Further material is provided to support you in daily training of all aspects of the course. Mastering all elements is not an easy deal, but this course definitely puts you on the right track to accomplish it.

Dr Jesus Roldan, team manager Telecoms department, European Patent Office

Jesus Roldan

I learned how to communicate more effectively through this RSM programme. You learn about yourself, your strengths and your limitations, and how to improve your presence when communicating. RSM’s teachers are experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There’s a good mix of participants; you can learn a lot from their various professional backgrounds. It’s an interactive programme, and their feedback helps to find the right tools to have a voice. RSM lived up to its good reputation, and I was impressed with the positive attitude, good organisation, and direct and non-judgmental approach to teaching professionals.

David Marqués-Ibáñez, senior economist, research directorate at European Central Bank

I discovered that very few people are aware of their non-verbal communication; quite strange as the majority of communication is non-verbal. I certainly became aware of my own preferences, and learned and practised techniques which will help support my spoken messages, help me avoid misunderstandings, and be more effective in stressful situations. RSM’s The Power of Presence programme combined academic theory and practical exercises in a surprisingly effective way, and I’m really using what I learned, almost every day.

Magdalena Zawiasa, general manager, Mundipharma DC B.V.


During the Leading with Presence Programme you will learn from Prof. Steffen Giessner, Amanda Wolzak, and Antonie Knoppers. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Prof. Steffen Giessner

Steffen Giessner is professor of organisational behaviour and change at RSM. He researches organisational psychology and management. His primary topics are change management, leadership, team management and non-verbal communication. Steffen has authored and co-authored many papers in these areas, and his research has received media coverage in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Manager and The Wall Street Journal. He has an MSc in psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK, and a PhD in psychology from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in Germany. 


Ms. Amanda Wolzak

Amanda Wolzak is a trainer at RSM and teaches the Essentials of Leadership. As a trainer in the business world, Amanda specialises in voice, presence, storytelling and improvisation. Her previous work in professional theatre and film and drama across the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Finland has enriched her training capabilities. And she calls on the teachings of Grotowski, Le Page, Brecht and Stanislavski in her work. Amanda’s goal is to inspire, invent and challenge students to be in the moment and release tension when presenting to small and large groups. She has worked in Europe, USA, and South Africa with company consultants, HR specialists, technical staff, CFOs and CEOs. 

Mr. Antonie Knoppers

Antonie Knoppers is a trainer, coach, facilitator, guest speaker and actor. He trains individuals and teams on leadership and personal development, presence, communication skills, storytelling, and presentation through his company D&A Trainingen. He is co-author of Leading with Presence (Emerald Publishing 2021) and wrote How To Have Effective Zoom Meetings—And Make Them Less Boring for Forbes magazine (March 2021). He is adjunct faculty at RSM and guest faculty at Nyenrode University and the University of Maastricht. Antonie holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre.


More information


24 - 25 April 2023 > Apply now
2 - 3 November 2023 > Apply now



€ 2,400 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM.


General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

General terms and conditions


The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus

Hotel accommodation

We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel