What is Speaking Well In Public?

A business dedicated to training public speaking and reading aloud skills.

Why is public speaking useful?

My training has many practical applications, including

  • making speeches and reading briefings at meetings, conferences and trade shows
  • pitching for business
  • giving training presentations
  • speaking in court
  • making presentations for college or job interviews
  • giving readings and speeches at social and religious occasions
  • auditioning and performing
  • reading to children

Who needs public speaking skills?

Anyone who speaks in front of other people for business, college or social events benefits from public speaking skills training.

Don’t you need talent to speak well?

You already have a great store of raw public speaking skills you’ve learned throughout your life. As we are educated and grow up we develop skills and habits, both good and bad. Any training is partly a skills and habits editing process, and my training will help you to keep the more effective habits while editing out the less. The training will help you to hone and develop the skills you need for a great performance.

Who does the training? What qualifications do you have?

I’m Philippa Hammond, actor, voice artist and teacher of public speaking skills. I’m a member of Equity and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and have many years’ experience both as a performer and as a corporate trainer.

I also work with a network of professional colleagues including actors, voice artists, corporate role-players, trainers and film crew.

You can be certain you will always speak with, meet with and work with me. No substitutes.

Who are your clients?

I’ve trained many subjects in the UK and abroad. My clients include business and self-employed people, the public sector, managers and company directors, lecturers, teachers, coaches and trainers, barristers, clergy, politicians, students, actors, writers, poets, film makers and parents.

Private sector, public sector and individual clients have included the UK Border Agency [Revenue & Customs and Immigration Officers], Police, Airport security, airline and embassy staff, the CIPD Sussex Trainers’ Forum, the Critical Incident arts and business event, Chronicle Theatre and the Brighton Film-makers’ Coalition. I’ve presented business and corporate training in the UK, Yemen, Brunei, Gambia, Ukraine, USA, South Africa, Turkey and all over Europe.

What happens on a training course?

The workshop and programme descriptions give you all the details of the standard content.

I can swiftly create bespoke events delivering whatever the client requires. I’m flexible and wide-ranging, with fast response to your needs. Contact me and I’ll be pleased to discuss your individual requirements.

How do you decide what to include in training?

I conduct an in-depth needs analysis, finding out your personal or company goals, learning about the audience and creating individually tailored training programmes for each event, or delivering a course from my  powerful business portfolio.

Do you provide corporate training?

Certainly, ranging from private 1-1 executive coaching or small group seminars to larger workshop events. I can also deliver highly effective team-building events. The maximum number of delegates on a course is twelve, although I find groups of six or so create a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where each delegate receives personal attention.

What training methods do you use?

I can draw upon a wide range of methods including presentation skills, facilitation techniques, discussions, practical exercises, digital video and audio recording and role-play.

Where does the training take place?

Wherever you wish. I can deliver an event at your workplace if you have suitable accommodation, or provide hotel or conference facilities at a range of budgets.

How do I arrange training?

Simply telephone or email me and I’ll be pleased to discuss the arrangements with you.


Do I have to speak if I come on a course?

The best way to learn any new skill is to hear it explained, see it demonstrated – and then have a go yourself in a safe and supportive environment, with feedback. Every course gives the chance to experience public speaking, so each delegate leaves with a real sense of achievement.

I get nervous when I speak in public. I’m worried about looking silly. How will I deal with my nerves?

Every single public speaker [including our most famous actors and politicians] experiences nerves. If we didn’t feel anything before we spoke it would mean we didn’t care about doing well. Helping you to deal with your nerves is the backbone of our training. We’ll look at just why we get nervous, what happens to us when we feel those familiar butterflies and what to do to deal with them effectively. I’ll help you to see those nerves as the fuel, energy and power needed to bring your speech to life and even to welcome them as a friend.

I have a medical voice problem, dyslexia, or a real social phobia – can you help me?

If what you need is practical advice on sounding interesting, reading aloud well or dealing with performance nerves, then I can certainly help. But if you do have specific medical or phobia problems, I recommend you seek the help of specialists. Your doctor, an adult literacy teacher, a hypnotherapist etc may all be able to give you the specialist advice you need.

I’m worried about my appearance, personal image and how I come across to an audience. Can you help?

We only have a few moments to make that first impression when we stand up to speak, and our dress, body language and interpersonal skills all contribute so much to that overall impression. If your goal is to improve your personal impact as well as your speaking skills then I will be delighted to help.

I need to know how I’m doing – will you tell me? How do you give feedback?

I guarantee that I will tell you honestly, and with respect, what other people may only be thinking. I will give you supportive, constructive and diplomatic feedback on your performance and impact, together with practical plans for your continuing professional development after your course. I can video each presentation too, as the chance to see yourself as others see you is so beneficial and so often highly encouraging

Why do I need training in public speaking skills when I’ve given many presentations? Isn’t it all common sense?

Haven’t you ever seen a presentation by a high-ranking manager or CEO that is dull, boring, riddled with odd mannerisms and irritating habits, difficult to follow, too fast, one tedious mind-numbing slide after another … ?

So often we don’t realise when we slip into bad habits, don’t see the audience glazing over as yet another anecdote begins, don’t notice them giggling as each trite management cliché is trotted out … Sometimes it’s the more experienced client who can most benefit from a fresh new look at brushing up those skills and developing into a more powerful and engaging contemporary speaker.

And those little slips that didn’t matter so much when you were talking to colleagues in the past do now, especially when everyone carries around a video camera and the ability to load it onto the internet with comments via their mobiles all before lunch. Sort out the glitches now before they turn up on You Tube.

Surely if you can read, you can read aloud?

Being able to read and being able to read aloud well are not the same thing. If you read fluently to yourself, it may be that you read aloud so quickly that it’s difficult for your audience to follow you and take it all in. I teach the sight reading skills used by actors and presenters to engage the listener, create pictures in the audience’s mind and ensure they leave with the message.

Why do I need to learn to read aloud to my own children?

The Evening Standard reported that many parents are nervous about reading to their children, an activity which helps children to develop a love of reading and books, helps strengthen family bonds and give a strong foundation for education. My training in reading aloud well to children can help you to develop your confidence, skill and the ability to entertain.

Can this training help me to get a job or a promotion?

Performing well at an interview, giving a short presentation during that interview, making an impressive impact at meetings and conferences … all these will have great effect and help you to become a more memorable candidate for employment or promotion.

I’d like to make a video or recording of my voice for my website, but I’m worried how I’ll come across on screen. Can you help?

In addition to our training in public speaking skills, we also provide training in microphone and camera technique, reading well from a script, relaxation, dealing with nerves and how to look and sound your best on screen.

Together with our professional film crew colleagues, we can direct and produce anything from a simple voice-over for you to welcome your clients to your website and short ‘to-camera’ pieces so you can directly address your audience, to formal corporate programmes.

Isn’t public speaking all about controlling your audience?

No, it’s about controlling yourself so you can captivate and persuade the audience. Persuading via the spoken word is the basis of ‘rhetoric’.

How much do you charge? 

Please see the latest Fees Guide for:

Inspirational Public Speaker:

  • Booking Philippa Hammond to speak at your corporate event

Public Speaking, Train the Trainer, Leadership and Outplacement & Employability Skills Training:

  • Workshops and programmes – corporate, business and colleges
  • Private 1-1 coaching and programmes

Please contact me to discuss:

  • Charities and schools
  • Corporate video and recording fees
  • Professional crew services to record your training event, website, training DVD, voice-over etc
  • Professional actors, role-players and voice-over artists for your event


Fees include prior consultation and all materials and services used during the event

Travel and accommodation expenses are charged pro rata by prior agreement