England & Wales

How to be a Confident Public Speaker

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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. 

 

Objectives

 

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.

 

Programme

 

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.

 

Who should attend?

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

Speakers:

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.

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