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

Online Training: Participating in Virtual Meetings


This online session is being run for Members who would like an opportunity to develop the way they participate in online meetings.

The 90-minute programme covers:

  • Preparing to speak
  • Voice and tonality
  • Personal confidence and gravitas
  • Non-verbal behaviour
  • Dress and personal presentation.

There will be small opportunities for Councillors who wish to practise their skills to speak during the session.  No preparation is required.

A full set of support material will be provided including a comprehensive handout plus copies of the PowerPoint slides.



Welcome (10 Mins)

  • Programme overview
  • Introductions and objectives

Preparing to speak (15 mins)

  • The challenges of speaking in online meetings
  • Isolating key points
  • Structuring information

Voice and Tonality (20 mins)

  • Projection
  • Tone
  • Intonation
  • Diction
  • Speed

Non-Verbal Behaviour (20 mins)

  • Open and closed body language
  • Managing “leakage”
  • Demonstrating personal confidence
  • Head position and eye contact

Quick Practise (15 mins)

  • Opportunity for those who choose to practise

Programme Review (10 mins)

  • Summary of main points
  • Delegate feedback
  • Close.



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to 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.