Presentation skills training courses

Impact

We’ll show you how to make the right impact.

Tutors

Our journalists know how to engage audiences.

Convenient

Face to face or online training to meet your needs and timescales.

Bespoke

Different courses work for different people.

Personality

Convey personality through tone, pace, pitch and emphasis.

Presentation skills training

Few people find giving presentations and public speaking easy

Even experienced professionals find it daunting.

And you can understand why. There can be plenty to worry about – nerves, body language, what to say, and difficult questions, to name a few common fears.

But it doesn’t need to feel like this.

Our presentation skills training courses will help you overcome your worries and give you the necessary skills to communicate confidently and deliver relaxed, composed, and better presentations.

All our presentation training courses are bespoke – we know what works for one person or team may not work for another. And they are tailored to the skills and experience of the delegates.

Our bespoke learning is delivered by current working journalists, experienced presentation skills trainers and leadership experts.

 

What are my training options?

We will work with you to build a presentation skills course that meets the needs and requirements of you and your colleagues.

How it's delivered is up to you.

Face-to-face remains the most popular way of developing presenting skills. People love putting their skills to the test in a realistic environment.

We can hold these courses at our studios, on-site at your company offices or in any hired room.

And your delegates will be able to look forward to personal coaching and instant feedback, together with seamless playbacks of their performances, ensuring they reach their training goals. It's also an excellent opportunity to get together as a team.

Here's our guide to helping you choose the right location for your face-to-face training.

This is an excellent alternative to face-to-face sessions. It allows delegates to access the communication skills training we deliver in our classrooms and studios from anywhere in the world.

It proved invaluable during lockdowns, allowing companies to continue to train their people even though they could not meet in person. And many business presentations still take place remotely now.

The sessions are shorter, with more breaks and a greater focus on one-to-one coaching. But they are practical and include everything you expect from our training.

Our tutors have professional video, audio and lighting setups and high-speed internet. And our technicians are on hand to ensure there are no annoying glitches during courses.

This combines the best of face-to-face presentations skills sessions with the convenience of online courses.

Your delegates will initially attend a ‘self-taught’ online course taking them through the theory and techniques needed to produce memorable, inspiring and effective presentations.

It takes about an hour and is ready when you are – it just needs to be completed before the second part of the course.

And then delegates get to put what they have learnt to the test in a session with our tutors.

How our presentation skills and public speaking courses can help your team:

There are many different presentation formats - each one needs different skills. Our courses make them feel easier.

On stage

We find this is the format that causes the biggest concern. Few people want to stand in front of a crowded room, tasked with trying to educate and entertain.

We can help speakers hone their presentation skills and style and show them how to capture the attention of the room quickly. We'll also ensure presenters appear composed and confident, despite the size of the audience.

Online

Webinars, online events, videoconference meetings and sharing ideas and information remotely have all become popular in recent years - and they came into their own as the way we communicate day-to-day changed when the world went into lockdown. 

They remain in demand - you can reach more people via a webinar than you could ever gather in a single room.

But without a physical audience in front of you, it can be hard to read the reaction of those watching and keep them engaged. We can give you the presentation skills to adapt your content and delivery. 

Pitches and sales presentations

Sales presentations and pitches tend to be shorter. Your audience is likely to lack time and patience.

We'll show you how to keep it tight without losing the content. And we can hone your presentation skills and storytelling abilities so you show you understand their challenges and can paint a picture of what their future will look like with your service or product.

Our sales presentation training can also be designed for your 'pitch team' - helping you to interact naturally together whether online or in person.

Boardroom

Internal meetings, even those in the boardroom, tend to feel more relaxed than standing at a lectern.

It can seem like you are not giving a presentation at all. But don’t relax too much. You still need to inform, motivate and influence. And you must communicate with conviction and passion to achieve success.

Networking

Networking is crucial for building your personal and business profile, developing new contacts and generating leads and business opportunities.

To build rapport, people need to understand what you are discussing. We'll teach you how to state what you and your organisation do in a few sentences and ensure you cut out the jargon. And we can help you show your passion through stories and anecdotes.

And our body language experts can help you master the art of working the room.

Speech

Giving a speech is different to delivering a presentation. We'll help you find the right blend of stories, examples and humour. And we will build your confidence and hone your delivery so you feel and appear confident.

Parliamentary hearings and public inquiries

Being asked to speak at one of these sounds intimidating, doesn't it? And when you feel under pressure, it can hinder your ability to communicate effectively. We can help the members of your leadership team build their confidence for these high-pressure settings and develop strategies with proven methods to ensure they get their messages across.

What makes our presentation skills courses different?

We have been delivering presentation skills training for 40 years.

And our sessions are practical and intense.

But they are also fun and give delegates opportunities to practice and build their presentation skills and develop their personal brand - we believe people learn best when put to the test, with feedback on each performance.

The skills you learn with us on a presentation training course are also transferable and can help you get your point across in meetings, media interviews or when pitching an idea to a potential customer.

Every course is tailored to the specific requirements and objectives of our clients.

So, depending on your aims, your session could include:

  • Proven methods to help overcome fear and deliver great presentations
  • The relevant presentation format and their distinctive requirements
  • How to prepare and feel prepared
  • Finding the right structure that works for you
  • How to make the right first impression
  • Why less is more when it comes to slides
  • What you should (and shouldn’t) wear when you present
  • How to master your body language and speak with confidence
  • Techniques, tools and practical skills to manage unexpected questions and overcome technical difficulties
  • How to close your presentation and finish with a bang

Every course is different, and the learning outcomes vary.

Some delegates are new to public speaking and looking to hone their presentation skills and techniques and build confidence. Others are experienced presenters wanting to give their delivery an extra edge and achieve greater success.

But we would expect delegates to:

  • Develop effective presentation skills
  • Feel more confident and positive making presentations
  • Understand how to grab an audience’s attention and deliver memorable content
  • Have better body language and enhance their stage presence
  • Know how to adapt to different formats
  • Understand how to present complex information and bring dry material to life

Whatever option works best, you, your delegates and your business have the reassurance of knowing learning does not stop at the end of the session.

A few days after your time with us, you will receive detailed individual feedback from our tutors. It includes what went well and the presentation skills that may need improvement and further support for success.

There is even an option to get 12 months access to our online Presentation and personal impact online course to remind you of what you learnt with us and refresh your memory ahead of your next successful presentation.

How do I book presentation training?

If you are interested in our presentation skills training and want to join the growing list of organisations that trust us to develop the presenting skills of their people, speak to one of our account managers.


What others say about our training

This was probably the most beneficial course I've attended in my career. It built on the course I previously attended with you, strengthened and encouraged me in confidence and ability. I'm already seeing advantages in the work place, not just in presentations.

— Angela Vincent, Head of Communications, Research Sites Restoration Limited

Our Clients

We have a huge amount of experience in over 40 different sectors such as automotive, charity, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, travel and many more. Here is a small selection of our clients.

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Sian Jones

A professional TV news anchor and host, Siân is highly experienced as a presentations, media and communications trainer.

Tasneem Siddiqi

Tasneem has a rich and diverse radio and television career spanning 30 years and now specialises in delivering presentation, communication and media skills training.

Paul Brennan

Paul has more than twenty years' experience as a reporter, producer and presenter cross regional and network newsrooms for the BBC, ITV and Five News.

Our Training Team

Our courses are delivered by current working journalists, along with PR and communications professionals - all of whom are expert and experienced trainers.

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