One-Day Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Course

Developing each person's ability to stand up and speak confidently to an audience is the goal of this Presentations Skills Course.


Venue: Hobson Crescent, Thorndon, Wellington NZ

Fee for Full Day (9am - 4.30 pm): $200 per person, including lunch and refreshments.



Further courses by arrangement

One-Day Presentation Skills and Public Speaking Course

Presentations take many forms and serve different purposes. They vary in length and function. Technology of various kinds can be used to enhance or distract from the speaker. Yet every successful presentation relies principally on the human factor, the presenter themselves.

Effective presentations skills and public speaking skills are needed in business, training, sales and selling, even for giving a talk on a voluntary basis or making a speech at a wedding or funeral.

Whether you are a beginner or a person with some presenting experience, this Course offers you fresh and lively ways to bring new ease and confidence into your Speaking and Communication Skills. Men and women aged from 17 to 64, ranging from the frankly terrified to the moderately confident, have benefitted from this training.

New ways to manage fears, nervous habits and telltale signs of anxiety

In this One Day Course, you are given easily-remembered methods to manage any fears that you may have about presenting in public. You also learn how to understand and reduce individual nervous habits and to minimize telltale signs of anxiety.

Demonstrations show you how to subtly encourage an audience into giving positive feedback, thus helping to grow your confidence as a speaker. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "No-one can intimidate me without my permission".

Light-hearted techniques taken from clowning and storytelling traditions deal with heart-thumping adrenalin

Presenting or speaking to an audience regularly tops the list in surveys of people's top fears. According to Jerry Seinfeld, "Most people would prefer to be lying in the coffin rather than giving the eulogy."

Speaking in public can release adrenalin and cortisol into our bodies, and even an experienced speaker may feel their heart thumping as they stand to begin their presentation. This is the primitive brain at work; the 'fight or flight' impulse trying to take over. In this Course, you learn a range of simple, practical techniques for dealing with these wholly natural reactions.

Preparing using your unique learning style

Effective preparation is a key to confidence in any task. As each of us has our own unique way of working, you will be helped to discover your own optimum learning style. You can then choose from the preparation techniques provided, selecting only those that are best for you. Such techniques will inevitably prove to be a natural match for your individual memory, assisting you in recall of your presentation, and enlivening those of your natural abilities that have been paralysed by fear.

Rehearsal that does not freeze the heart

Enthusiastic rehearsal helps to strengthen memory and maximize confidence. Drawing once more on non-threatening ideas from the traditions of clowning and storytelling, you learn to experience rehearsing as a time of fun and play, not as the most dreaded part of preparing for a presentation. This is a wholly practical exercise. It is well-known that we learn best when we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves. No one learns effectively in a state of fear with the mind - and often the body, paralysed.

Positive Openings

Speakers have only a few seconds in which to make a positive impact on their audience. Amongst your Course Handouts will be a guide to effective Presentation Openings for you to consider and try out in this safe environment. You are also given other methods to catch your audience's attention in those crucial opening seconds. Those are the moments when you build your credibility as a speaker.

Powerful Closings

“Tell them what you’re going to say, say it - and then tell them what you said” were Winston Churchill’s blunt words of advice to an aspiring speech maker. You will have the opportunity to judge the "old man’s" advice for yourself, as you consider inspirational examples of well-known speakers.

From observation, everyone is able to learn which presenters inspire, attract and appeal to each of us. You are encouraged to identify and incorporate into your own Presentation Style attributes from those presenters that you admire.

The emotional impact of this particular practice cannot be over-emphasised. By studying in this way, you are following a revered and traditional form of learning, which is, to duplicate a Master.