Advanced Communication Skills: Between Persuasion and Empathy

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1100.00
Advanced Bachelor
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Effective communication is key for high performing professionals. But many students do not learn advanced communication skills during their studies. Two experienced professionals teach you the most valuable skills they learned themselves over the past 15 years. This course takes you beyond the ‘basics’. You will amongst others learn the highlights from principle-based negotiation, empathic communication, critical analysis, influencing group dynamics and inspirational speaking. If you want to bring your communication skills to the next level and work on your personal development, then this course is here for you!

Overview of modules:

Week 1

The mirror – bringing your communication skills to the test; where do you stand?
The vibe – inspirational speaking and learning to motivate an audience
The source – developing your personal compass; who are you and what do you stand for?
The argument – critical analysis, investigating what’s true, what’s right and what’s valuable
The contest – learning how to deal with disagreements in a team using negotiation skills

Week 2

The group – understanding group dynamics and your role in teams
The connection – non-violent communication; ideas, theory and background
The peace – applying non-violent communication in real life
The deep-dive – covering deep personal topics you will get an opportunity to practice your skills in conversations that matter.
The jump – bringing it all together

Course director

Jan Reinder Rosing & Imre Végh


Jan Reinder Rosing

Jan Reinder studied (International) Law at the University of Utrecht. In 2004 he became European Champion debating and founded Debat.NL, a company in debating and communication. In 2006 he published 'De Debatwijzer', a handbook for debaters. In 2008 he left his company and became a diplomat for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for which he served in The Hague and the Dutch Embassy in Ankara. In 2011 and 2012 he studied philosophy part-time. Between 2013 and 2016 he was member of the Dutch team that campaigned for a seat on the UN Security Council. In 2016 he joined the EU Diplomatic Service for three years to work on the prevention of violent conflict outside of the EU. He holds a coaching certificate and followed many trainings in amongst other meditation, empathic communication, inclusive decision making and systemic approaches.  

Imre Végh 

Imre is an international trainer, discussion leader and (team)coach in higher education, politics and development aid agencies. He worked with many politicians and members of parliament, development organisations in Uganda, Laos and Vietnam amongst others, for commercial companies and many universities such as the International Space University in Strasbourg, the Honours Programme at the University of Groningen, Nyenrode Business University and students of the University of Beijing.    

His passion is personal leadership, meaning, ethics, critical thinking and effective communication. He brings out the best of people in a disarming and an inspiring way. He likes to ask probing questions, challenge assumptions and analyse arguments, all aimed at growth and learning. An idealist in heart and soul, he likes to use his critical mind to better the world. Critical when needed, clever when possible. He likes to connect heart and mind. 

Imre is married and lives in Utrecht. He is passionate about space travel, chess and botanic gardens and cannot wait to tell his toddler son all about it.

Target audience

This course is meant for advanced bachelor and master students and (young) professionals.


€ 1100.00
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
€ 350.00

In case of an excursion the travel costs will be extra.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.

In this course a limited group of participants (22 - 25) is admitted. We accept participants on a first come, first served base.


After the application you will receive a motivation form from the lecturers in order to make sure that there will be a good match between the aims and wishes of participants and the purpose of the course.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • C.V.

More information

Utrecht Summer School | E: | T: +31 30 253 4400


Application deadline: 01 June 2020