Welcome to Speaking Well in Public

Deal with nerves, build confidence, learn a vital business skill

Scared of public speaking – but you know you have to do it, if you’re going to win those brilliant opportunities?

Needing your teams to speak about your business – but you know they lack the confidence and skills to give a great message about you and what you do?

Ready to deal with nerves and build confidence, enhance personal and professional image and get your message across with style?

Welcome to Speaking Well In Public

Confident public speaking and presentation skills corporate workshops

Train the trainer corporate workshops

Private 1-1 coaching programmes

With Philippa Hammond

Brighton, Sussex, UK and beyond

Philippa Hammond

Whether you need to speak for leadership, training and business, performance and social occasions, education, employability or as a great new life skill, I can help.

The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about public speaking. They recognised that an audience needs to like, trust and understand you before they’ll start listening to you.

And they knew about ‘glossophobia, or ‘tongue terror’ – the fear of public speaking.

Me too. I’m standing on stage about three quarters of the way through the first ever performance of my first solo show. And then something terrifying happens. A voice in my head starts saying ‘You can’t do this. You don’t know your lines. They don’t like you.’ I freeze, my mind goes blank – and I walk off stage.

That could have been it for me as an actor. But the next night I went on – and I did it. And the audience came back. And the next year we took the show to Edinburgh, to four star reviews.

I beat the fear – and so can you.

Now I combine my pro actor / voice artist skills with my corporate learning and development consultancy experience in my Confident Public Speaking and Train the Trainer events.

I’ll share the secrets actors, speakers and trainers have used for centuries to deal with nerves and develop confidence, feel, look and sound better, and craft and deliver a great message about you and your business to any audience.

Simple, straightforward – anyone can learn, with Speaking Well In Public.

The benefits of Confident Public Speaking skills

  • Deal with nerves and build confidence
  • Enhance your business, social and professional life
  • Improve your personal impact at meetings, conferences and networking events
  • Build your professional brand
  • Create a confident and credible lasting first impression
  • Capture and keep your audience’s attention
  • Get your message across
  • Win your next contract
  • Secure your next role or promotion
  • Deliver training that causes real business change
  • Develop your team
  • Improve internal communications
  • Improve the way the company is perceived by the outside world

Training for leadership, training and business, for education, employability, performance, work and life

What they’re saying

Feel much better about presenting … Fantastic … I can’t wait to put it into practice … Exceeded all expectations … A great day with Philippa @TalkingSpeaking learning something different!’

[Received later:] ‘ My day with you continues to pay off. On Friday I organised a Dispute Resolution Seminar for about 60 lawyers. We had speakers from all over plus some very eminent High Court Judges. I did not even get nervous this time, after all after the National Conference with over 500 delegates, why would I?!?!’

Sharon Kay, Partner Kay & Pascoe LLP @SharonLKay

‘…. I highly recommend Philippa to anyone who would like to speak confidently and well in public.”

Claire Griffin, Claire Griffin Talent Ltd

” … thank you for the help with my recent public speaking foray … I don’t think the speech could have gone better … I had some lovely comments afterwards from people I really respect, who asked how I was so calm”

Joanne Edwards, chair of Resolution
[the national family lawyers association]

More testimonials

Philippa Hammond



Philippa Hammond

Confident Public Speaking and Train the Trainer
In person and online training events

With Philippa Hammond

Brighton, Sussex, UK and beyond


Corporate Learning & Development Consultant, Trainer  and Actor

Training skills for business

I deliver a unique combination of corporate learning and development experience in tough regulated, commercial and law enforcement fields, plus stage, camera and voice expertise as an actor

Training, writing and inspirational speaking on public speaking, presentation and train the trainer skills

Author of the new book Talking Speaking [currently in production]

Winner of the Plain English Campaign Inside Write Award for the article Public Speaking – Handling Nerves

Corporate in-house workshops

Creating and delivering acclaimed public speaking and train the trainer essentials master-classes, workshops and programmes

Public speaking and presentation skills

Dealing with nerves, developing confidence and building personal brand

Training and facilitation techniques

1-1 training

Inspiring 1-1 programmes for personal development and success

Corporate learning and development short-term contracts

I’m an experienced corporate learning and development consultant, offering a range of services essential for developing business impact.

I’ve had great opportunities to carry out short term (a few weeks to eighteen months) high-impact learning and development contracts with well-known organisations.

If you’re considering developing your corporate learning and development programme at any stage, from first inklings to full implementation – I’d be pleased to talk.

Planning, design, delivery and evaluation of powerful corporate learning and development events

Leading and directing projects with major organisational development impact

Philippa Hammond CV Summer 2024

The ADDIE training cycle

Analyse – Learning/performance needs analysis, audience and business needs

Design – Aim, objectives, required outcomes, blueprint for client sign off

Develop – Content creation including course agendas, trainer scripts, PowerPoints, practical exercises, scenarios, delegate manuals, roleplays etc

Implement – Delivering and facilitating classroom and online events, roleplay, video and audio, workshops, development programmes, 1-1  training, feedback and continuing professional development

Evaluate – Kirkpatrick four stage training impact evaluation process

Acting, voice over and role-play

Actor and voiceover skills for drama, corporate video and audio presentations

Role-play skills for recruitment, training, development and assessment events

A network of video, audio and IT technical experts, actors and voice artists

Professional Memberships




BA Honours English Literature



Certificate in Training Practice



Philippa Hammond

Corporate Learning & Development Consultant, Trainer, Actor
You can be sure you’ll always speak with, meet with and work with me
Your message will always be clear

Clients include

Grace Eyre Foundation

Gene Commerce


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Public speaking and Presentation Skills

Speaking Well in Public presents:

Confident Public Speaking and Train the Trainer programmes for leadership, training and business

with trainer, coach and actor Philippa Hammond

Corporate in-house events at your venue

Beginners: Confident Public Speaking

Improvers: Practical Public Speaking

Experienced speakers: Professional Public Speaking

Train the Trainer programmes for subject matter experts looking to get into training

Live online group programmes are available for your teams – contact to discuss

Live online 1-1 coaching programmes

Power HoursTalking Speaking, LinkedIn and Employability

Coaching programmesSpeak Up and Step Up six week programmes

I’ve delivered my public speaking, presentation and training skills events in Brighton and Sussex, in London, all over the UK, in the Channel Islands, Istanbul [Turkey], Sana’a [Yemen], Kyiv [Ukraine], Johannesburg [South Africa], Libreville [Gabon], Dallas [USA], Toronto [Canada], Brunei and Cologne [Germany].

Wherever you and your business may be – I can help.

Do contact me if you’d like to discuss booking a live or online event, as you prefer.

Philippa Hammond

Speaking Well In Public is based in Brighton, East Sussex, UK


Frequently Asked Questions
Do call us if you would like to discuss our training

What is Speaking Well In Public?

I’m Philippa Hammond, and Speaking Well In Public is my business dedicated to helping you build your confident public speaking skills.

Why is public speaking useful?

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

Who needs public speaking skills?

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.

Don’t you need talent to speak well?

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.

Who does the training?

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.

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, the University of Sussex and 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.

What happens on a training course?

The Confident Public Speaking 1-1 coaching package, in house workshop for beginners and 1-1 coaching programme descriptions give you all the details of the standard content.

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.

How do you decide what to include in training?

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.

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, Zoom, digital video and audio recording and role-play.

Where does the training take place?

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.

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 so 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 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.

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 yes – I’ll 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’ll tell you honestly, and with respect, what other people may only be thinking.

I’ll give you supportive, constructive and diplomatic feedback on your performance and impact, together with practical plans for your continuing professional development after your course.

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

Have you ever seen a presentation by a high-ranking manager or CEO that’s 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.

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

While I can’t guarantee you’ll get that role, performing well at 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 become a more memorable candidate for employment or promotion.

Isn’t public speaking all about controlling your audience?

No, it’s about controlling yourself so you can captivate and persuade the audience – the heart of any presentation.

How much do you charge? 

Please see the latest Fees Guide for:

Public Speaking and Train the Trainer Skills:

  • Corporate / business workshops and programmes
  • Private 1-1 coaching and programmes

I’d love to book the 1-1 Programme – but it’s a big outlay all at once

A Payment Programme of two easy monthly payments is available.

I’d love to book the 1-1 Programme – but I’m so busy right now

You can choose to take the programme over three weeks, with two sessions per week as an accelerated personal development event.

You can also choose exactly when you take your sessions each week – as I only enrol four clients per month on the Programme, you could secure a weekly early morning, evening or weekend slot to suit your life.


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

Travel and accommodation expenses are charged pro rata by prior agreement

I’m looking forward to working with you.