Frequently Asked Questions

I’m Philippa Hammond, actor, voice artist and teacher of public speaking skills. I have many years’ experience both as a performer and as a corporate trainer.

You can read some of the terrific testimonials I’ve received from clients right here.

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

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]
  • The Police,
  • Airport security,
  • Airline and embassy staff,
  • The CIPD Sussex Trainers’ Forum,
  • The Critical Incident arts and business event,
  • The University of Sussex
  • The Civil Aviation Authority International.
  • I’ve presented business and corporate training in the UK, Yemen, Brunei, Gambia, Ukraine, USA, South Africa, Turkey and all over Europe.

My training has many practical applications, including:

  • business presentations and meetings at work
  • making speeches and briefings at meetings, conferences and trade shows
  • pitching to clients for business
  • giving training presentations
  • speaking in court
  • making presentations for college or job interviews
  • social occasions
  • performance

Anyone who speaks in front of other people, in person or online, for leadership, management and business, for performance, college or social events, benefits from public speaking skills training.

Here’s a secret – no-one is born with the natural ability to speak in public!

Everyone you’ve ever admired has taken training and coaching on how to build on those existing skills with new nuggets of information, lots of practice and great support.

And you already have a great store of raw public speaking skills you’ve learned throughout your life.

That’s where I come in – putting it all together.

The Confident Public Speaking descriptions give you all the details of the standard content.

1-1 coaching package,

In house workshop for beginners

1-1 coaching programme

They're all super-practical, supportive and fun, with the goal that by the end of any event you'll feel, look and sound better.

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

I do 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.

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.

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

Wherever you wish. I often deliver on Zoom, and can deliver a live in-person event at your workplace if you have suitable accommodation, or your preferred hotel or conference facilities.

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


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.

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 deal with your nerves is the backbone of my 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 see those nerves as the fuel, energy and power you need to bring your speech to life - and even welcome them as a friend.

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.

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 yes - I'll be delighted to help.