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The Book

Skill Sheets is a practical resource for understanding and developing core skills that all university students need to obtain. In a very concise manner, this book shows how these skills are related and how one can develop and work with many skills simultaneously. With these skills to hand, students are able to maintain a better focus on the content of their course. Developed and at RSM Erasmus University, it has been thoroughly tested over many years by both students and professors, and improved accordingly.


Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business-Society Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, the global car industry, issues of standardisation, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies.

How to purchase

The book – Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management - (2018, ISBN 9789043033503) can be ordered directly online by clicking one of the following links depending your country of origin:

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Effective presentation


Effective presentations basically apply all the rules of constructive communication. They create a balance between speaking and listening. But presenters have better possibilities for creating the right preconditions for constructive communication than in the case of listening. Greater possibilities create greater responsibilities.

The presenter can choose a topic and prepare the most appropriate tools and techniques in advance. Their effectiveness, however, rarely depends on the actual verbal presentation skills of the presenter but on a host of other dimensions that constitute constructive communication.

This requires that you be prepared to go through the reflective cycle of effective presentation, and that you always take into account the following five phases:

  1. Preparation: audience during your presentation
  2. Preparation: content of your presentation
  3. Preparation: constructive shape of your presentation
  4. Actual presentation as co-production
  5. Evaluation of your presentation

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'