Essential Public Speaking skills – a two-evening crash course for work and for life with professional coach David Butter.
Whether you are a professional who lives (and dies!) by the quality of your performance on your feet; or you work for a charity and need to engage supporters (and funding); or you have ever (or indeed never!) been invited to speak at a social event, this course is for you.
Whether you are loud or quiet, extrovert or introvert, an ‘old hand’ or new to public speaking, this course will help you to find your voice and better project the authentic you in your own style.
David Butter’s public speaking expertise extends from keynote speaking, business presenting, advertising pitching, conference chairing, panel hosting, workshop facilitating, fundraising, leadership training, executive mentoring, student coaching, government lobbying, residents associating – to wedding ‘MCing’.
Here’s what past students say about David Butter’s public speaking course:
“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.”
WEEK 1 – Performing! The Physical Skills
We will start with a discussion of the kinds of speaking each participant currently performs, would like to – or is avoiding. We will understand the challenges we face and provide tips, techniques and training to overcome the fears and phobias that every public speaker can experience. We will work on the physical skills: eyes and ears, hands and feet, voice and breathing.
We will learn how to plan the content of your speeches. We will consider audience and environment; structure and crafting; and writing and scripting.
By the end of this first session, each participant will already have acquired greater confidence in standing and delivering to the rest of the group, and be ready to prepare their own speech before the second week’s lesson.
WEEK 2 – Engaging! The Communication Skills
In the second week we put it all together – combining the physical skills and the preparation skills to engage our audience and to create empathy, persuasion and entertainment. We will practice communications skills including rhetoric, rhythm, repetition and response. At the end, each of us will stand and deliver in our own style to warm applause from our audience.
The course includes cocktails on arrival, training materials, group and personal coaching.