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 courses

Few people find giving presentations and public speaking easy

Even experienced presenters sometimes find it daunting.

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

But delivering a presentation doesn’t need to feel like this.

Our presentation courses will help you overcome your worries – no matter how experienced you are – and give you the skills to deliver relaxed, composed presentations that persuade and speeches that have a lasting impact.

All our presentation training courses are bespoke – we know what works for one person, or a particular team, may not work for another.

And they are delivered by current working journalists and experienced presentation skills trainers who know what it takes to engage, inform and persuade an audience.

Their expertise covers voice coaching, writing and delivering presentations, working with autocues, presenting online and in person, managing nerves and increasing your personal impact.

 

What are my training options?

We will work with you to build a course that meets your needs and requirements and those of your delegates.

How that training is delivered is entirely up to you.

This is our most popular way of delivering training. We know people love the opportunity to put their skills to the test in broadcast-quality studios, whether it is at our office in Reading, or one of our studios in London or across the country.

Our face-to-face training can also be carried out at your offices or any hired room.
Here's our guide to helping you choose the right location for your face-to-face training.

Wherever it takes place, your delegates will be able to look forward to personal coaching and feedback, together with seamless playbacks of their interviews, ensuring they reach their training goals.

Our videoconferencing options allows delegates to access all the brilliant media training we provide in our classrooms and studios from anywhere in the world, without having to travel.

And it has been an invaluable option during lockdowns, allowing organisations to continue to develop their people even though they could not meet face-to-face.

The sessions are typically shorter, with more breaks and a greater focus on one-to-one coaching. But they still include everything you’ve come to expect from our face-to-face training, with practical sessions that are recorded for playback and coaching, and full-written feedback of every delegate’s performance issued after the course.

The training is delivered by current working journalists who are all kitted out with professional video, audio and lighting setups and high-speed internet. And they are supported by our in-house technical team to ensure the training isn’t interrupted by any annoying glitches.

Online training can be really effective and, because we know comms teams often like to observe our training, we’ve made sure you can dip in and out of the session at your convenience.

Our blended option combines the best of our face-to-face training with the ease and convenience of courses available whenever and wherever you need them.

During the first part of this training, you and your delegates will attend a ‘self-taught’ online course taking you through all the theory and techniques needed to deliver memorable and inspiring presentations.

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

And then delegates get to put what they have learnt to the test in a session with our journalist tutors that includes television, radio and print interviews.

Our presentation skills training is ideally placed to help your team with

  • In-house and external presentations
  • Pitches and sales presentations
  • Boardroom presentations
  • On stage presentations
  • Online presentations and webinars
  • Parliamentary hearings
  • Public inquiries

 

What makes our presentation training courses different?

Our courses are practical and intense. But they are also fun and give delegates plenty of opportunities to practice and develop their skills.

We believe training is most effective when people put what they have learnt to the test.

So, our courses are packed with presentations across different formats, including face-to-face, remotely and through webinars.

And each one is filmed for instant feedback and coaching from our expert tutors. There are many reasons why journalists make the best presentation trainers.

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

This will vary on each course depending on the aims of the clients and the people we will be teaching.

Some delegates will be new to presentations and public speaking and will be looking to develop their techniques and build confidence. Others will be experienced presenters who want to give their delivery an extra edge.

But typically, we would expect delegates to:

  • Feel more confident and positive about giving presentations (no more shaky legs)
  • Understand how to grab an audience’s attention and deliver memorable content
  • Have better body language and stage presence
  • Know how to adapt presentations to different formats
  • Understand how to bring complex and dry material to life
  • Choose the right presentation structure for their aims
  • Handle challenging and awkward audience questions

Our presentation courses are tailored to the needs and objectives of our clients. So, each one is different.

Depending on your aims, your course could include:

  • How to overcome fear
  • The different types of presentations and their distinctive requirements
  • How to prepare for a presentation
  • How to structure a presentation
  • 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 are presenting
  • How to master your body language
  • Techniques to manage unexpected audience questions and overcome technical difficulties
  • How to close your presentation and finish with a bang

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

We pride ourselves on our aftercare. That means a few days after your course, you will receive detailed individual feedback from our tutors. This includes what went well and areas that may need improvement.

There is even an option to get 12 months access to our online Presentation and personal impact online course. It is packed full of reminders of all the brilliant stuff you learnt with us and will refresh your memory ahead of your next presentation.

You can also sign-up to our regular blog, which often discusses the latest presentation techniques, approaches and tips, and provides analysis of high-profile speeches.


How do I book presentation training?

If you like the sound of our training and want to join the growing list of organisations that trust us to best prepare their spokespeople for the media spotlight, have a chat with one of our account managers.

They’ll answer any questions you may have, take you through all our training options in more detail, and help you start to build your course.

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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