Public Speaking for Improvers: two evening course

David Butter|Tuesday 14th March

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Public Speaking 2 for Improvers: Speak Like a Professional with David Butter

A two week crash course: Tuesdays 14th and 21st March 2017, 6:30 – 9pm
Includes cocktails on arrival, training materials, group and personal coaching.

Find your voice!

Become a more effective live communicator!

Engage others with your ideas!

Enjoy speaking!

This programme is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking and presentation skills, as well as those who have attended our Idler Public Speaking Course 1

Whether speaking at an event, delivering a presentation, facilitating a meeting or performing at a family or social occasion this course will help you find and project your voice, prepare and structure what you want to say, and learn and apply rhetorical techniques used by experts.

As a result you will develop the confidence to relax and be yourself. Through your passion, and your empathy people will want to listen to you and what you have to say. And you will increasingly enjoy the experience of speaking and being heard

This course is run for small groups only so that each participant can gain the most benefit, and the content be customised to individual needs. Topics we cover will include:

You: where are you comfortable -or uncomfortable? where do you want to improve?

Your story: discover your authentic persona: develop your ethos

Your presence: it ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it

Your voice: find it, project it, play it like an instrument

Your nerves: turn them into positive energy

Your stage: an event? a presentation? a pitch? a fundraiser? a family occasion? 

Your audience: who are they? what do you want them to think, feel, do?

Your empathy: how will you engage and win their hearts as well as their minds

Your structure: tips and techniques to plan a successful speech

Your eloquence: applying the skills of rhetoric to your performance

Your benchmarks: Cicero, Shakespeare, Obama, Boris, TED…

Your reward: Breathe easy! Enjoy the applause! Be invited back!

Whether you need to improve your speaking for professional reasons, engage supporters on behalf of a charity, or are faced with speaking at social events, this workshop will help you overcome your nerves, grow in confidence and enjoy engaging your audience.

This event follows the success and feedback from The Idler Academy Public Speaking course 1, with David Butter, also available this autumn on Wednesdays 2nd and 16th November here.

As in our first course, training will be provided in the physical, planning and performing skills for successful public speaking. Each participant will be invited to select a topic of their choice and be coached in planning and delivering their own short speech. Support and encouragement will be provided throughout the session. Documentation on best practice techniques will be provided and explained with tips for further study. The outline will be:

Coffee and individual introductions.

Warming up and improving your physical skills

Developing your persona

Planning and preparing your speech

Engaging and empathising with your audience

Adding rhetorical skills to your performance

Delivering your speech

Anticipating your next performance

David Butter is a public speaker, coach and facilitator and advises senior executives in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He is an IAF-Certified Professional Facilitator and has participated in many TED conferences around the world. He is a Trustee and Board Member of both Shakespeare’s Globe and of The Speakers Trust, a charity which helps young people to speak and be heard.

This event follows excellent feedback from David Butter’s previous Public Speaking programmes: “Each of the students improved dramatically! You took us on a confidence boosting personal journey as well as giving us the practical training for this professional skill. The course was perfectly structured. The notes gave confidence. We had all the materials we needed to structure and learn to practise our own speeches, and we will be able to refer to them from now on whenever we need to speak publicly.”.

About the Tutor

David is a live communications expert who has ‘stood and delivered’ in front of both small groups and audiences of up to 1000 as a keynote speaker, business presenter, advertising pitcher, conference chair, panel host, workshop facilitator, fundraiser, leadership trainer, executive mentor, student coach and wedding MC. He has run programmes for organisations such as the BBC, EY, Lloyds Bank, Star Alliance, Yahoo and WPP, as well as for schools and universities, and charities and small businesses in over fifty countries, delivering in English, French, German and Spanish. He is a regular attendee at TED conferences, an IAF-Certified Professional Facilitator and a trustee of Shakespeare’s Globe. Before setting up his own communications company he was a senior international advertising and marketing executive with WPP. Check out his website at www.davidbutter,com



The Idler Academy at Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU


6:30 – 9:30pm


2 x 2.5 hour sessions


Maximum of 9



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Coffee, Hendrick’s gin and tonic, Idler Academy exericse book, Course materials and information resources


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