How I helped a customer build her confident public speaking skills for business
She’d been promoted into her dream leadership role. She’d been great in her previous role with the company – and the assumption was she’d step up naturally into her new persona, delivering presentations and briefings, chairing meetings, giving inspirational addresses … all with no training or support round developing these new skills.
Thing was … she had a secret. She was petrified of public speaking. Avoiding it, shying away from challenges and opportunities, so she’d never given herself the chance to develop the skillset.
And now, the spotlight was approaching fast and there was no escape – she was going to have to step up into it.
And that’s when she found me 😁. I’m Philippa, an actor and learning and development consultant specialising in training confident public speaking skills for leadership, training and business. I’ve supported so many business people as they’ve learned how to feel, project and inspire confidence and leave a great message about their business.
Together we worked on nerves and confidence, personal brand and personal impact, plus a tried and tested method of planning and preparing any presentation for any audience. Then top tips actors and public speakers have used for centuries to look and sound better when standing up to speak. It was such a pleasure to work with her.
And if you feel my 1-1 online coaching via Zoom, or my in-house in-person group workshops could help you or your teams – I’m here.
Thinking about networking and the unexpected, about opportunities and opening doors, and the importance of just … taking them. Saying yes.
A few months back my partner and I co hosted a Christmas party and quiz for Sussex Playwrights.
One of the guests enjoyed it so much he offered us the chance to deliver a four week acting course for the New Venture Theatre in Brighton and a one day acting workshop for sixth formers at Reigate College.
We’ve just finished them – if we hadn’t done the event we’d never have had this amazing new opportunity.
The theatre’s name couldn’t be more appropriate 😁
Networking is so important – we’ve had work from all the networking groups we belong to, in person and online.
What networking groups do you belong to and recommend?
If it’s on your to do list – time to get out there and join the conversation?
Delighted to say that next week I’m delivering another of the Training and Instructional Techniques courses I designed for the Civil Aviation Authority International at Gatwick Airport.
It’s a public course, for aspiring, new and developing trainers, and for brushing up the basics if it’s been a while.
Subject matter experts are a brilliant resource in your business, and with this three day in classroom course at Gatwick, your SMEs will start their journey to become an extra asset – with the new knowledge, skills and mindsets they need to pass on that expertise to your people.
It’s practical and engaging and on the last day every delegate delivers a short training presentation to the group with discussion and feedback.
If you’d like to book a place or find out about later courses, details here
If you’d like to discuss the course content, let me know.
‘Box breathing’ tip for serenity and calm. I found an article on an NHS site, not for patients but for staff on how to cope in difficult times by using this technique.
I tried it myself, shared it with some 1-1 public speaking clients and students on my acting workshop last month, and was pleased with their response. So here it is:
Imagine a square box in the air in front of you.
Take a moment to relax and gather yourself.
Breathe out, then breathe in for four beats, tracing your finger up the side of the ‘box’ in the air.
Holding your breath, trace along the top for four.
Breathe out for four, tracing your finger down.
Hold for four, tracing your finger along.
Now you’re back where you started – go round again.
Once you’ve learned it, just imagining the finger counting bit while you’re doing the breathing bit helps you feel calmer and more collected, ready to face whatever’s happening, in business and in life.