England & Wales

How to be a Confident Public Speaker



This programme has been developed for Councillors whose role involves public speaking, and who would like to develop their skills and confidence.

It is a highly practical and useful workshop which will involve some low-key and developmental skills practise which will enable participants to build their confidence in presenting information to groups. 




By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Plan speeches and presentations using straightforward structures
  • Use positive non-verbal communication when presenting
  • Project their voice and sound confident and assured
  • Use Power Point positively.

Because of the nature of this workshop, participant numbers will be limited to 8 people to ensure that we all have an opportunity to practise our skills.

Delegates are asked to bring any materials that they made need to refer to during a 5 minute presentation we will each be making in the afternoon.  Preparation time has been built into the session so no pre-work is required.




09.30-10.00  Registration & Refreshments


10:00-10.15  Welcome

    •  Programme objectives and overview
    •  Personal introductions and aims


10:15 -11.00  Getting Started

    • Clarifying speech/presentation purpose
    • Identifying audience needs
    • Identifying and organising main points
    • Using notes and handouts


11:00-12.30  Skills of Public Speaking

    •  Using INTRO
    •  How to introduce another speaker
    •  Voice and projection
    •  Non-verbal behaviour
    •  Managing and using nerves


12.30-13:00  Lunch


13.30-15:00  Preparation Time and Skills Practise

    • During this time we will carry out some low-key and informal practise


15:00-15:15  Review

    • Programme evaluation
    • Key learning points
    • Summary
    • Close.



The course is facilitated by Miranda Smythe from The Baikie-Wood Consultancy Ltd, who has 30 years’ experience in writing and delivering personal development programmes.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of value to all elected members irrespective of their position within their local authority.