Do you want to speak with more impact? Are you afraid of public speaking?

Presentation skills can be learned

Practice in a friendly group

Love your speech. Love your audience. Love yourself.

Presentation Skills: Making an Impact!

A one-day experiential course

Course method
See yourself (on VIDEO) as others see you… Will you like what you see?! You are offered the invaluable opportunity within a supportive and helpful environment to watch yourself on video and learn from what you see, so that you present yourself effectively. Everyone on the course will get several chances to do mini-presentations (could be just 30 seconds) to the group during the day, focusing on various techniques: watch your confidence grow as the day progresses.

The learning environment

The five F’s….
The course has to be a space that offers five indispensable things:

  • Focus
  • Feedback
  • Fun
  • Friendliness
  • inFormation

The course is prepared with a lot of attention to specific aspects of presenting and selling yourself, so that the day feels purposeful and targeted. This helps avoid being too general or ‘woolly’. During the day you will get postive feedback from course members and from us: your strengths and successes will be noticed and welcomed, and you will be given clear indications of areas you may wish to pay attention to, change, or refine. You’ll get more than one chance to do this, as the day progresses.

None of the above is useful if the group does not feel friendly, so we pay attention from the first moment of the course to helping group members feel comfortable and accepted, so we can all work well together on areas that may feel like a considerable challenge before you walked through the door. And, the best learning is done if there’s some fun!

Situations addressed on the course will include:

  • Promoting yourself
  • Presenting to a group (including, if you wish, a pitch to get a job)

On experiential learning:
”Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

You will learn…

Body language: How to use body language effectively; what to do with your hands; how to stand, sit and walk.
Vocal variety: Using contour and pace to give expression.
The power of the pause: Help people sit up and listen.
The stage is yours: How get comfortable moving on the stage and projecting your authority.
How to start: How to make a powerful opening statement or question.
Telling stories: Make your presentation authentic and compelling, by relating it to your own personal experience.
How to close: How to relate your speech to the audience.

Are you a manager?
Our course will help you to speak with engagement and authority to your staff.

Course method

We’ll be giving you information and plenty of advice, plus written materials to take away with you, but this course is not about sitting and listening to us talking to you. This course is more about doing activities, so you can practice being more confident rather than just thinking about it. You will get 1-2-1 coaching, with focused feedback about specifiic things you can improve on straightaway. You will the chance to participate in activities such as

  • Seeing yourself on video
  • Group discussion

This one-day course will be led by: Richard Mills, BA, PGDIM, BSc, LGSMD, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, CCI Trainer.
We are sometimes joined by Joanna Klopotek BA, Associate Trainer, assisting in delivering this training. Joanna is a professional Health Trainer, a qualified yoga instructor, and is experienced in assertiveness training, co-counselling training and other interpersonal group work.

Times: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Date: See course calendar
Venue: Oakwood House,
637 Roundhay Road,
Leeds LS8 4BA

£97 Early Bird, if you are paying for your place out of your own funds.
£120 Full price, if you are paying for your place out of your own funds.
£129 Early Bird, if your own business or your employer (or some other sponsor) is paying for your place, or reimbursing you.
£149 Full price, if your own business or your employer (or some other sponsor) is paying for your place, or reimbursing you.

Group size
Maximum of 8. It’s important to keep the size of the group small, for two reasons:

  • We want people to feel comfortable enough to participate in the group exercises, which are designed to encourage ‘trying on’ (i.e. experimenting with) new and useful ways of behaviour.
  • We want each course participant to get plenty of individual attention over the course of the day: it’s no good if you get lost in the crowd.
‘I really enjoyed the “Making an Impact!” course. I found the video format elements excellent and I was particularly impressed with the relaxed atmosphere Richard nourished during the day. This created a supportive environment where people felt they could give and receive open and honest feedback and contributed to a positive learning experience for all involved. I would recommend this course to anyone keen to improve their presentation style (or just to watch themselves giving a talk on video for the first time and learn something for the better!).’ Richard Mitchell


5 Essentials

  1. Start strongly. You have only 15 – 30 seconds to grab their attention, and you have to do that right from the word ‘go’. Therefore, always give some thought to your opening sentence, and once you have got it, write it down and memorise it word for word. This opener has to grip the audience, so you can’t just say, ‘thanks for having me, it’s great to be here, I’ve decided to talk about XYZ, etc etc’. Start with something that makes your audience think (e.g. ‘Have you ever decided to take a risk, and then fallen flat on your face?’), or else tease them with the promise of something interesting or intriguing to follow (e.g. ‘Most young people are still at school when they are 14, but by that age I had already made £30,000 selling used cars. And that wasn’t all I sold, either.’)
  2. Make it personal. Connect with your audience, be conversational. Use stories from your own life to grab people’s interest.
  3. How to use eye-contact. Keep your eyes on one person at a time for a few seconds, then move on to another person. Don’t flit around the room continuously with your eye contact. Don’t look at the floor or above the person at the back.
  4. How to use your hands. Come to the course to work on that!
  5. Structure your speech: a beginning, and end, and three main points in the middle.
“Richard impressed me from our very first meeting, with his insightfulness and his confidence in his ability to help me. Richard’s sessions were practical, challenging, flexible to the situation and ultimately enjoyable. They definitely worked to improve my presence, confidence and impact. Thank you.” James

Engagement Manager, Manchester