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.

Completing the Power of Presence programme will award you 12 PE points. Read more about PE points for this programme.

  • 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.

  • "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.

    "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

  • During the Power of Presence Programme you will learn from Prof. Steffen Giessner, Milly Obdeijn, 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. Milly Obdeijn
    Milly Obdeijn is a trainer and executive presence coach with a professional background in performance and dance, and two bachelor degrees; in social pedagogical studies and creative dance. She specialises in body-oriented coaching, and designs and facilitates programmes for personal and leadership development that focus on presence, communication and embodied leadership. Her teaching provides insightful and practical tools to enhance personal presence and show connected self-leadership – also in stressful and challenging situations. Obdeijn has more than 21 years of experience as a trainer and coach for large international and national companies, Dutch ministries, universities, and consultancies.

    Mr. Antonie Knoppers
    Antonie Knoppers is a trainer, coach, facilitator, guest speaker and actor who has worked with a variety of corporate clients. He is a guest faculty member at the University of Maastricht and the University of Amsterdam as well as RSM. The goal of his training sessions is to bring out leadership qualities by creating presence and a centred mind and body. He approaches corporate challenges with a pragmatic, goal-oriented style using theatrical techniques and frameworks. He also trains for hospitality and communication skills, team building and coaching, storytelling and presentation skills. He has master degrees in international economics and finance, and in fine arts.

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.


    8 - 9 April 2021 > Apply now
    28 - 29 October 2021 > Apply now


    € 2,025 (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.

  • Most programmes will take place online until 1 May 2021. If you register for a programme that is scheduled to take place after 1 May 2021, we cannot guarantee a face-to-face delivery format.

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