Training: How do I know if I’m a Beginner or an Improver?

Ask yourself:

  • What training have you had?
  • What public speaking experience have you had?
  • What public speaking are you going to be doing next?
  • How do you feel about your performance?
  • Where are you now?
  • Where would you like to be?
  • What would you like to do to get there?

Beginner:

You have no training or experience whatsoever, are possibly very nervous and don’t know where to start. Or you’d just like to revist the basics and brush up your starter skills.

I’m an actor and teacher of public speaking, offering group and individual coaching in speech-making and reading to an audience. I’ve trained people in the UK and abroad for over ten years. And as an actor for the last fifteen years, I’ve performed in cabaret, film and one woman shows at the Edinburgh Festival. I understand about getting nervous [we all do], but I’ve learned how to deal with it.

When I first learned to drive, my mind was going round in circles –“ mirror signal manoeuvre clutch gears hands on wheel mirror throttle …BUS!”

Now with experience, I know where I want to go – and just drive.

When you learn public speaking skills, you may initially find your mind going “opening words eye contact lighthouse projection pace whiteboard how does the powerpoint work oh no what bit comes next …NERVES …!”

But with experience, you’ll know where you want to go – and just speak.

Every time you talk to someone, say something to the family, speak to a group of friends in the pub – you’re speaking in public. You can already do it. Relax. Breathe. Think. Speak. You can do it all. But nerves and an “I can’t…” mindset can override the knowledge and skill you already have, giving you a negative attitude that can hold you back.

We learn to fear the fear. The effect of adrenaline becomes the thing we dread, the focus of the fear.

My training will help you to appreciate that these physical and psychological experiences are the results of that adrenaline – and to accept it as a friend, the fuel you need to power up your presentation. It will help you to identify and highlight skills you already have, to develop and practice new skills.

Look good, sound good and feel good when speaking in public, at any level.

Level one: Confident Public Speaking

Improver:

You’ve spoken in front of an audience a few times now and are keen to develop your skills and audience impact and become a more effective and confident public speaker.

Perhaps you need to add to your existing skills and experience, developing your ability to speak to a large conference audience, or to add some new training techniques to your toolkit.

You’re standing up there intending to get your message across to your audience by giving a speech … but sometimes there’s a gap between intent and effect. The difference between me and the rest of your audience is that I will tell you honestly and clearly what that gap is, what’s causing it, and how to close it.

As a winner of the Plain English Campaign’s Inside Write award for my article on Public Speaking Skills – Handling Nerves, and an experienced professional actor, I offer guidance and motivation in vocal and visual impact, stage presence and handling nerves.

I’m committed to helping others to learn, to develop and enhance their performance. I’ve given and observed many presentations, attended many conferences, and supported many people as they learn to become more effective public speakers themselves.

My training will develop and revitalise skills, giving a fresh and interesting new speaking style, a boost to confidence and memorable audience impact, helping you to become a more powerful and impressive public speaker.

Look good, sound good and feel good when speaking in public, at any level.

Level two: Practical Public Speaking