Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Upcoming course start date

16 November 2021

Islington, London

Public Speaking should be one of the most natural things we do, but it can also be one of the scariest.

Most of us are actually already better at it than we think. We just need support to access our true potential and then the proper structure and the right advice to match our level of need and turn that belief into excellence.

If you need to:

  • command a room and deliver presentations with clarity and dynamism
  • move through any nerves and self-doubt to perform with freedom and confidence
  • develop a style of speaking that fully expresses the best of who you are

Very few people feel comfortable standing up in front of a group of people The best speakers are not always the ones who most enjoy public speaking, they are the ones who realise they have something they need to say

Speaking is not about broadcasting, it is about connecting and the best way to connect with people is not by trying to be brilliant, it is by trying to be relatable not showing off to your audience how different you are to them , but by showing them how much you have in common. Once we realise this, some of the pressure goes away Its not about you, it is about learning to relate to them

There are 3 ingredients to becoming the great speaker that people would want to listen to:
knowing and applying the right speaking tips and techniques;
having a safe and supportive environment to practice making a speech and
developing the belief in yourself and confidence in your presentation skills so that you can always sparkle even when you are feeling very dull!

Anyone can be a good speaker
Everyone can be a better speaker
You just need to decide to become the best speaker you can be.
And we are here to help you achieve that.

In this course we start with exercises built around very simple structures , so that we can focus on everything that makes a great speaker:
(i) improving delivery skills: including, vocal variety, voice projection, pace and power; hands and voice; stance and movement; gestures and emphasis; eye-contact and engagement;
(ii) working within a flexible structure: including, aims and objectives, openings, endings, rule of 3, rhetorical forms and patterns, lists, schemes of arrangement, memory aids
(iii) choosing powerful content: including, the types of stories, metaphors, analogies we can use; lists; rhetorical devices; rhythm and repetition; style and attitude, empathy and humility, etc…
Because once we have developed the confidence we can develop the speaker

We will provide you with over 50 different public speaking tips and techniques during the day, and provide an encouraging and supportive environment to practise and improve. we build confidence and self belief on a solid foundation of lots of practical tangible successes, rather than getting bogged down in abstract theories and mantras

Some of the tips are simple to apply, some are obvious, some might surprise you! But they are all first hand techniques that work, that have withstood the pressure of performance and over the years have won numerous compliments, many contracts and several competitions

Over 50 tips and techniques

Delivery
20 + practical tips on delivery that can be adopted immediately to make an impact on not just how you feel about presenting, but how you come across

Structure
10 + simple practical tips on structure to help you organise and make powerful impression, start well, finish well and keep you on track throughout the speech, so that over time you can cut down, simplify or maybe do away with notes altogether

Content
10+ simple practical tips on content to make sure every presentation is engaging, captivating and relatable and to make sure you come across as likeable, credible, confident and worth listening to

Stagecraft
10+ simple practical tips on confidence and performance to create the mental state to overcome nerves and make a connection.

Nothing overcomes nerves quicker than knowing what to do and how to do it and having the support as you do it

Add to that a few extra tips for preparation and banishing nerves on stage and we can move you on from where you are towards where you want to be.

That might mean we take you from timid to terrific, cautious to confident, or simply from good to gloriously great.

"Absolutely wonderful. Made an effort to learn everyone’s name (even mine!). Honestly one of the best training sessions I have ever taken part in. Right balance between theory and practice. Loved it! Thank you!"

Ghonche Alavi – Gardaworld

"I appreciated how much personalized feedback was given on the spot and how engaged Michael was. "

Gwen Osserman – Mintel

"Super relevant. Super well presented. Best training I’ve ever received!"

Sarah Mills – Keep Britain Tidy

"I will take away a tremendous amount of confidence from this course."

Janine Leigh – Airlock Aviation Ltd

"Superb. I really learned something about myself today! Definitely coming back fro Training the Trainer."

Rachel Henson (Plannings Inspectorate)

"The opportunity of speaking in public in a risk free environment and the relevant feedback received. Very relatable and down to earth. Very effective examples."

Enrico Arietti

"Good conversational style. Lots of frameworks to try. Good blend of technique, framework, practice, video"

Kate Round - Thought Works

"Lots of useful examples, comparisons and good active listening for helpful feedback."

Sarah Dunn – Elms Solutions

"Highly effective – friendly, professional approach with time given to everyone to speak and contribute"

Sue Martin – Corby Learning Partnership

"Excellent use of examples. Funny, light-hearted, easy learning environment. Built confidence."

Yvonne Geasley – De Beers

"I got so much out of the course and I know I will be using the skills you taught us for many years to come."

Lynda Marsden - Havering

"So effective – great balance of support with points for improvement."

Emma Bennett – Gloucester CC

Your tutor - Michael Ronayne

4x UK National Public Speaking champion

Apart from 20 years of coaching and supporting other speakers & trainers, Michael has developed and delivered certified Training the Trainer courses for over 15 years. He can demonstrate it; he can see what needs to be done and he can teach it.

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16 Nov 2021 (1 day)

Islington, London

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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.