Training the Speaker in You

Developing Presentation and Public Speaking Skills

Change does not happen with a single event based professional development event.

One session on skills development in the area of public speaking and presentation skills will not achieve a change of behaviour or develop a competency which is usually focussed on changing behaviours which has been developed over many years. An event will not move the individual to achieve their personal goal in this area.

Moving from either conscious or unconscious incompetence is a journey best facilitated through a series of sessions in which the individual is, or group members are, coached.

This program consists of six sessions during which the participant is encouraged to take risks in a supportive but developmental atmosphere. Expectations are high, but these are achieved within the realization that public speaking is for most people, a fearful experience.

Add a healthy dose of fun, and the learning is enhanced, optimizing each participant’s chance of success.


Each series of skill development sessions will consist of:

  • Educational sessions designed to develop and enhance public speaking and presentation skills;
  • Each participant presenting both prepared and impromptu assignments;
  • Repeated supportive and analytical feedback on performance;
  • Content tailored to individual and corporate needs;
  • Where possible, visits will be made to actual work-based presentations to provide personalised feedback.

Skills Development

The following will be addressed through the program:

  • Preparing to Speak – Mixing it with your audience, dress to impress, controlling nerves
  • How to Write to Speak - Speech/presentation construction, use of sound and silence, choosing your language, creating an emotional journey for the audience
  • Constructing a Presentation - Effective constructions, working the audience, cohesion
  • Effective use of Support Material - Anecdotes, audio and visual aides, quotes from the masters, using notes
  • The Visual You - Body language that enhances the message, facial expressions, stage positioning
  • The Vocal You - Tonality, your voice and its pace, pitch, volume, enunciation
  • Language Devices - Humour, alliteration, word smithing
  • Working at the subconscious level - Skills which make a difference at the listener and which work at the subconscious level.