The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

This unique two-day programme, developed by RSM Executive Education, increases your awareness of your non-verbal self-presentation, and teach you how to use your strong features, allowing your communication and interaction with others to have more impact.

Reveal your potential of influencing others

You might have great ideas, perspectives and methods. But you might lose your effectiveness if you don’t know how you come across, and if you don’t represent your message with intention. As a matter of fact, 70 to 90 per cent of our communication is non-verbal – embodied by the tone of our voice and our body language. The Power of Presence is taught by an academic researcher and experienced executive presence coaches

During The Power of Presence, you will boost your non-verbal communication skills, including body language, and presenting with self-confidence. Combine this awareness with practice to become a more effective leader, while you explore active and effective ways of communicating and expressing who you are, and what message you want to convey. Your presence and your behavioural flexibility will grow dramatically.

Learning objectives

By participating in this programme, you will:

  • increase your self-awareness and self-confidence
  • develop powerful presence
  • learn how to inspire those around you
  • discover how to lead effectively under pressure
  • strengthen your non-verbal communication skills
  • connect with others and build trust more quickly.

All three faculty members are teaching, observing and giving you individual feedback throughout the programme. They support and challenge you and take into account the learning goals you provided.

  • The Power of 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.

    If you are a (recently appointed) senior manager who is seeking more influence, needs to develop more impactful messages or wants to be influential and powerful through skilful communication we suggest you take a look at our three-day Persuasive Leadership programme. 

  • “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.

    "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

  • The programme The Power of Presence is led by Prof. Steffen Giessner, Milly Obdeijn and Antonie Knoppers.

    Prof. Steffen Giessner
    Steffen Giessner is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change in the Department of Organisation & Personnel Management at RSM. 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. Giessner’s research is located at the intersection of organisational psychology and management. His primary research topics are employee support during organisational mergers, followers’ perceptions of leadership, antecedents of leader behaviour, and non-verbal communication of power. He has (co-) authored many papers in these areas.

    Milly Obdeijn
    Milly Obdeijn is a trainer and executive presence coach with a professional performance background in dance. She has two BA degrees, one in social pedagogical studies, the other in creative dance. Working with like-minded creative artists from the performing arts she designed methods to help people in business and organisations to communicate and express themselves at a higher level by focusing on the congruency between the content of the message and the embodiment of it. Obdeijn has more than 17 years’ experience as a coach for large international and national companies, Dutch ministries, universities, and consultancies.

    Antonie Knoppers
    Antonie Knoppers is an actor, facilitator, and executive presence coach. He has a passion for acting as well as for guiding leaders to reach their full potential. He has worked with a variety of corporate clients. His goal in executive education is to bring out the leader in everyone, by creating presence and a centred mind and body. Presence can be taught and with practice, embodied. Knoppers’ experience and business school education enable him to approach corporate challenges with a pragmatic, goal-oriented style. He coaches and teaches participants how to present themselves, and perform effectively under pressure in the business environment.

  • Dates

    14 - 15 November 2019 > Apply now


    €1,950 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.

    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.


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

    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.

  • The two-day Power of Presence programme runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register: