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My name is Lisette van Hulst and I live in a tiny apartment in Bloemendaal. This photo, however, was taken in Rotterdam, on the eve of a presentation workshop for PhD candidates of the Sophia Children’s Hospital, Erasmus MC. I’m on the balcony of one of the best rooms of hotel New York because I unexpectedly received an upgrade, which gave me this amazing view of the city and the port. Hence the smile!

I’m happy to say that virtually all my clients are similarly amazed and pleased with the upgrade their writing skills receive in my courses, but also with the new outlook they get on their work when they realize that to be effective in scientific writing, they must allow themselves to be proud of their own achievements. 

I founded Text and Training in 2009 because I discovered that medical residents need support in clearly and confidently reporting their research in scientific English. Over the past 12 years, it turned out that they are certainly not the only ones.

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Text and Training has already supported over 1300 students, PhD candidates and experienced scientists to clarify the story behind their results and to get their message across in a clear and convincing way. The support ranges from editing to teaching them how to structure, formulate and submit their papers and how to convey their research in compelling presentations. 

For me, this work is a great opportunity to use my previous experience as a journalist, a magazine editor and a teacher as well as everything that I learned about rhetoric, logical argumentation and English when I studied Philosophy and English at Leiden University. Occasionally, I can even use my life experience to remind my participants of the overall purpose of life: to enjoy every moment. Including the writing! 

In my courses, I use a structure-oriented approach to writing that is particularly suited for scientists, even for those who think that they have no talent for writing or language whatsoever. You’ll be amazed!

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