20May 2024

Courses on Presentation Skills

Courses on Presentation Skills

Why might I need one?

You may find your pulse racing, heart beating and chest tightening at the mere thought of standing up to present.
You may shrink at the thought of presenting in front of clients or colleagues.
And yet you realise that good Public Speaking and Presentation Skills are not only key for professional advancement, but are valuable life-skills that will benefit you throughout your career.
Mark Twain put his finger on it when he said,
“There are two types of speakers: those that are nervous and those that are liars.”
So!…are you scared, nervous, wobbly, confused, squeaky, overwhelmed when you have to speak?
That is OK!
Be nice to yourself: you are not alone and there is always a solution!

Presentation Skills

How would a course on presentation skills help?
Why should a course on presentation skills help?
And what sets an ATAPS training programme apart from all other training providers?

Here are five reasons to start with.

  1. A trainer with experience

    Many trainers have experience, but not all have…
    - the experience and insights that come with being a multiple National Public Speaking champion;
    - the experience that comes from 25 years’ of delivering Public Speaking programmes, being engaged across all business, government and charity sectors in the UK, Europe, the USA and the Middle East;
    - the accumulated experience that comes from working with many thousands of accomplished speakers, capable speakers and nervous potential speakers; from ambitious business leaders, nervous executives and introverted writers and artists, all the way through to reluctant and resistant teenagers.
    And regardless of how each of those students felt about themselves and their speaking ability at the beginning of a course, by the end they all felt better, performed better and walked away justifiably proud of their progress.

  2. Face to Face training

    ‘Just to know but not to do, is not to know!’
    Online training may have its benefits, but it is no substitute for learning practical skills in a live environment, in front of people, gathering feedback, adapting and trying again.
    You cannot learn how to swim by watching a YouTube video – you need to get into the water.
    And you only learn how to handle the pressures of performance by putting yourself in front of an audience.
    We are all different with different journeys and different learning styles, and often it only takes a small tip, a tiny change or incorporating a well-observed recommendation to make a massive impact on our speaking ability.
    There is no ‘one size fits all’, which means that a key tip for one speaker may not always be the best tip for another.
    That is why personalised feedback in a live scenario will always be the most flexible and the most valuable.

  3. A small group size

    The size of the group is always important:
    too big – not enough individual focus;
    too small – not enough pressure when standing up.
    Once you have 6 people in front of you, that is enough to make you a little bit nervous, but it is a small enough group to make sure that everyone has the chance to speak at least four times a day, has the space to share their own insights and challenges, as well as having the opportunity to observe and offer feedback to fellow ‘travellers’.
    Once a group exceeds eight, the danger is that the louder ones can take over and the quieter ones can get lost, which is why we always limit numbers on a course.

  4. Practical real-world tips and techniques

    Each tip, structure or technique offered does not just sound good but is drawn from years of practical - and in some cases from painful - personal experience.
    And every tip offered can be incorporated immediately to start to make an instant difference to your speaking ability.
    During a one-day programme, we will cover over 50 specific, tried and tested tips to make you a better speaker.
    And they work!

  5. A positive and supportive environment

    At ATAPS our key areas of expertise are not just in Public Speaking, Presenting and Storytelling, but also in certified Train the Trainer programmes. So we don’t just understand ‘speaking’, we also understand ‘training’ which means we know how to create a safe supportive learning environment where our students feel confident and encouraged to grow.  
    Improving your Public Speaking requires a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, which is why we are very sensitive about when to encourage, when to challenge, when to push, when to praise and when to advise.


You may not feel confident in your Public Speaking and Presenting ability, but you can have full confidence that ATAPS has been set up, has the track record and is dedicated to getting you there.

The Art of Training and Public Speaking offers a range of programmes to help improve Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.  For more details please look at:

2 Day Professional Public Speaking, certified course

1 Day Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

1 Day Storytelling for Business and Training

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Michael's superb training style is underpinned by an incredible depth of knowledge and experience. Like all true experts, he delivers what he knows with ease and simplicity, exampling the skills he is teaching as he does so.

Very informative and great anecdotes which illustrated points and provided visual markers.

The most interesting training that I have ever taken part in! Experience + Wisdom + Perfect teaching approach.

The training was spot on. He really listened to us and customised his responses throughout.

Loved the creation of visual examples through the use of body and how relating the experience really helps demonstrate the message.

Very approachable and motivational. So much information, brilliantly delivered.

Loads of great analogies and stories - very friendly and helpful.

Very approachable and knowledgeable and good use of examples to simplify the material.

In just one day Michael was able to teach a class of children how to craft their own personal stories and experiences into powerful and engaging speeches that resonate with an adult audience as well as with a younger audience. It is a marvellous way to help them increase self-confidence and in the process - almost without them even realising it - become natural speakers and excellent communicators.

Michael has a style of speaking which draws the audience into his world, captivates them and leaves them with lasting memories of some of the descriptive phrases he has used and the information he has included. He also has the ability to pass the skills he uses in his own speaking on to those he trains.

Very good rapport, attention to detail, individual support, positive atmosphere and encouragement - a great place for learning.

• Very great example; how to express yourself, how to be engaging and how to match body language with what is said.