England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Personal and organisational development

Online Training: Advanced Public Speaking: Offline and Online


This programme has been developed for Councillors who are new or experienced in public speaking and would like to develop their skills even further.

Delivered via Teams or Zoom, this interactive session will enable Members to:

  • Plan and structure speeches
  • Introduce another speaker using TIS
  • Use sophisticated language patterns
  • Manage difficult questions confidently and assertively
  • Demonstrate confidence through voice and non-verbal behaviour.



Welcome (10 mins)

  • Programme objectives and overview
  • Personal introductions and aims

Getting Started (40 mins)

  • Clarifying speech/presentation purpose
  • Organising information
  • Opening with impact
  • How to introduce another speaker
  • Practise sessions and review

Advanced Public Speaking (40 mins)

  • Voice and tonality
  • Confident non-verbal behaviour
  • Language and pre-suppositions

The Difficult Ones (20 mins)

  • Managing hecklers
  • Tricky questions

Review (10 mins)

  • Programme evaluation
  • Key learning points
  • Summary and close.



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years of experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

This online session is being run for Members who would like an opportunity to develop their presentation and public speaking skills.