This one day Public Speaking Course concentrates on effective public speaking, particularly dealing with nerves and anxiety.
It offers simple, easy to practise tools to help you cope with nerves, get your message across memorably, structure your material for the best impact and speak effectively to audiences of varied sizes.
It is fun and effective with plenty of opportunities to practise.
Public Speaking Course Objectives
- Dealing with delegate's own feelings
- What already works about you as a speaker?
- How face to face communication works
- Why we get anxious when speaking
- How to overcome fear of public speaking?
- Instant, practical hints and tips
- What happens in front of an audience
- To Practise a whole range of techniques
- How to cope with hecklers and awkward questions.
What Our Delegates Say
"More than six months on, I still consider and share examples with colleagues about what I learned from that day at Impact Factory. Before this workshop, I would have been terrified to talk in front of just a few colleagues…I now speak confidently to large groups of people with ease."
Heidi Williams, Senior Programme Officer, NHS Confederation
"I did three presentations in the week after the course and used a number of the tools from the day. In particular focusing on ‘the conversation’ and involving the audience allowing me to remove self-generated anxiety."
Irvine Magowan - Professional Capability Manager - Royal Bank of Scotland
Public Speaking Course Programme
We tailor all our courses to reflect the needs of the delegates on the day. The course content may include many of the exercises listed below, and any additional material that the trainers feel is relevant.
Delegates will give a brief summary of their public speaking experience.
Public Speaking vs Making a Presentation
A look at the differences between Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.
Dealing with the Fear
We open the day by exploring what happens when you have to speak in public.
Your hands may sweat and your mouth goes dry. Your knees may shake and a quaver affects your voice. Your heart may race and those well-known butterflies invade your stomach.
When all that happens most people don't think of getting their message across in a compelling and interesting way; they just think of getting off the 'stage' as quickly as possible! The good news is that it's normal to be nervous and have a lot of anxiety when speaking in public. In a way, it's less normal not to have nerves or anxiety; in fact, to feel you have a phobia about public speaking.
Speaking to One person - Speaking to Many
Here we look at the differences between speaking to one person, then to 2 or 3 people, then speaking to a larger group.
Public Speaking Stretching Exercises
A series of short exercises designed to stretch people's awareness and capacity
An exercise in audience contact that helps with managing the Fight or flight response
An exercise in overlaying an ordinary text with an extra-ordinary message
An exercise in the use of passion to communicate Talking Up and Talking Down Exercises to raise awareness of how attitude, body language and mood can affect the way people feel about your message.Turning Points This is an exercise in using personal material to produce empathy and strong feeling in an audience.
Public Speaking Dynamics - how it works
This is an introduction to the dynamics of face-to-face communication - looking at what affects the participants and how they might take more charge of situations.
It gives an overview of how communication works at its best and identifying where it can go wrong. We 'unpick' all the elements that go into effective communication and explain to people how they can be more in charge of the communication dynamic.
Location Location Location!
A brief discussion on the various arenas in which participants speak. This is to get a picture of some of the challenges that arise in certain settings.
Here we have a number of different processes that emphasise the value of preparation and rehearsing different approaches to any speech.
Use of Media and Structure
An exercise that looks at the various media available during a speech
A look at the uses of modular vs linear structure
Speaking to Different Levels of Understanding
This exercise looks at assessing the levels of understanding within the audience and delivering information with varied emphasis, without appearing to patronise.
30 Second Presentation
Each delegate will work with a model that allows people to put across a powerful 'presentation in 30 seconds.
This is a terrific tool for strongly influencing people when under pressure.
How to Build Confidence by Defusing Your Assumptions
Your audience can be your friend. Unless you know you're absolutely facing a hostile group of people, human nature is such that your audience wants you to succeed. They're on your side! Therefore, rather than assuming they don't like you; give them the benefit of the doubt that they do. We look at how mind reading assumptions are a confidence killer.
Keep Them AWAKE
The one thing you don't want is for them to fall asleep! But make no mistake public speaking arenas are designed to do just that: dim lights, cushy chairs, not having to open their mouths - a perfect invitation to catch up on those zzzzs.
Ways to Keep Them Awake
Here we explore some sure-fire techniques to keep your audience engaged including working with story, metaphor, humour (where and when appropriate) the five key questions, body language and eye contact.
The second part of the day is work on prepared speeches.
This is not intended to rehearse the actual speech but rather to use it to incorporate the principles worked on earlier in the day. As always the session is modified according to the level of the attendees.
Before and After the Speech
Techniques for interacting with your audience before and after the talk.
How to make yourself available to as many people as you are comfortable with, and to join and leave groups with ease.
Staying relaxed and dealing with last-minute anxiety.
Confidence by Numbers
These two exercises look at the power of instantly changing your confidence and sense of importance when relating to others.
Handling Difficult Questions
- Help stay on the front foot
- Remain confident and professional when you don't know the answer
- Practise saying you don't know
- Refer people to others
- Be able to say what you do know
- Treat each question as an opportunity, rather than a missile
To demonstrate how effective analogies can be, we have a light-hearted exercise where people have to deal with being wrong-footed by the rest of the delegates who deliberately misinterpret what they are trying to talk about.
Public Speaking Summing up and Personal Take Out
We will spend a short time reviewing the Public Speaking Coursework.
Each person to identify and talk briefly about:
- What they know they will take from the day that they know they will use
- What support or development they need over the coming months
- What they need to do to ensure they practise.
We would highly recommend that people do some kind of presentation or public speaking event as soon as possible to reinforce the work of the programme.
Participants are given a web link to their videos from the course
They also have access to a course web page containing
- Handouts used during the course
- New supportive material
- Impact Factory PDF documents
- Recommended reading
- Links to our favourite videos
- Photos of the day
to help further their progress.
Public Speaking Course
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The Public Speaking Course - Impact Factory team:
- Bill SheehanAt Impact Factory Bill specializes in Presentations Skills, Personal Impact, Assertiveness and Customer Service and he’s brilliant at Forum Theatre
- Caitlin ShannonCaitlin has insight, natural warmth and bags of energy to engage with delegates and bring the work to life
- Maria PetersMaria has a real talent for transforming complex learning concepts into exciting educational experiences.
- Nick Clark WindoNick is passionate about the work we do. He specialises in Communication, Assertiveness, Presentation and Teambuilding.
- Ottillie ParfittOttillie draws on her considerable skills and creative background in her work with Personal Impact, Presentation and Customer Service.
- Tom BodellTom's expertise is in Presentation Skills, Communication Skills and Storytelling. He also has a fondness for Time Management.
Attend this Public Speaking Course risk-free
We are so confident in our trainers and the quality of our Public Speaking Course that we guarantee it will make an impact.
If you attend this training and believe you have not benefited, let us know and we can arrange a refund or a free placement on a more suitable course.
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This accredited course is suitable for corporate and public sector Continuing Professional Development Plans and Portfolios.