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Faculty and University Leaders Improve Presentation Skills

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The Laureate Signature Products Presentation Skills team recently flew to Santiago, Chile to meet with leaders and faculty from four Chilean institutions with one goal in mind: engage them on the highly-significant and lasting impact that the program has over its participants.

On September 9th and 10th, the team held two face-to-face Laureate Presentation Skills intensive seminars with instructors from Instituto Profesional AIEP, Universidad de la Américas in Chile (UDLA Chile), Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) and Universidad Viña del Mar (UVM). Additionally, twenty instructors from UNAB received training to deliver the course to students at their university.

On September 11th and 12th, a two-day Own the Room! seminar was held at Universidad Andrés Bello’s Los Leones campus by internationally-certified coaches for selected authorities from each of the four institutions.

Through different modules focusing on distinct and specific aspects of executive oral communication, participants learned and developed exclusive strategies and revolutionary techniques that helped them become better speakers. They were enthusiastically engaged and described the experience as:

  • “I am convinced of the usefulness and the richness of the course. Not only do you learn the skills, but you use your own life experience to improve your abilities to communicate better with the public, your peers and your superiors.” – Carlos Mujica, Academic Vice Rector, UNAB
  • “If you have to convey messages and you need to make those messages effective, I think Presentation Skills is a great experience and no doubt you will acquire tools that will be very useful for doing just that, not only in your professional life, but in your communication with people in general.” – María Olivia Rivas, Director of Community Relations, Instituto Profesional AIEP

Miguel Lardizábal, Laureate Communications Champion and certified Own the Room! coach, was also very pleased with the outcomes:

“All participants have learned the fundamentals of becoming tridimensional speakers (speakers that can harmonize voice, gestures and body language). They did an amazing job in front of their peers and in front of the camera! They all learned so fast and we can’t wait to see the videos of the presentations they recorded, which we will share on the Laureate Presentation Skills video repository in the next 30 days!”

Take a look at a photo gallery from the seminars in Chile here

Laureate Presentation Skills is an exclusive product developed by Laureate Network Products & Services to strengthen a person’s verbal and non-verbal communication skills needed for professional presentations and high-impact meetings.

Unique and exclusive, the program has been powered by Own the Room!, an international proven methodology in executive communication and coaching, developed by world expert Bill Hoogterp, and embraced by the likes of Reid Hoffman (Co-Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook), Stephen Friedman (President of MTV), and many more!

The program can be offered in face-to-face, online, blended format or as a webinar in Spanish, English and Portuguese. It is flexible enough to adapt its content to first-year students, last-year undergraduates, graduate students and working professionals.

Request a seminar or information on how to train your instructors through Dr. Carmen Méndez, Signature Products Executive Director, at or Miguel Lardizábal, Laureate Signature Products Communications and Math Champion, at


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