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Build up confidence with positive feed back

Following your needs is the method! 
Empathy is key.
Feed back is practised on the spot

To book your place please go to 

Each participant will get several opportunities to speak in front of the group about easy topics and get feed back

 For instance:

  Easy topic: Greet your audience, say what your favourite colour is and why, give thanks and say good bye

 Speed Speaker: “Hello there, how are you? (waiting  for the answer with a great smile) I am happy to talk to you. I am here to tell you that my favourite colour is green because it’s the colour of the plants, the colour of hope, the colour of life! Thank you for your attention, see you later. Bye!

 Feed back by the group: “You looked enthusiastic and confident... really engaging way of talking, you grabbed our attention...”

 Speed speaker “I felt so nervous!”

 Group: “It didn’t show at all!”

 Me:  “Obviously you’ve already great qualities, even if you felt nervous, you talked in a warm and engaging way and it was a pleasure for everybody to learn that green is your favourite colour! The use of the repetition of the word “colour” was powerful, well done! Also, I have noticed that unlike last time, you did wait for the audience to answer to you when you asked them “how are you?”

 Now, I suggest that you do it again, this time make more eye contact with us without forgetting those who sit on the sides – make everyone feel involved. Also, try to make a pause before you say the word “green”, maintain on second of suspense and emphasize the word “green” Say “My favourite colour is .... green” as if you were saying “Ladies and gentleman.... the King !” Can you do that now?

 The Speed Public Speaker practises the exercise

 Me: “Have you felt the difference? Ok ! Thank you, next person. Last time you told us that you’re a fan of DIY. Tell us three qualities that are essential to the DIY practitioner. As usual start by engaging with the audience, smile, make eye contact, and for this time, ask them their attitude towards DIY – Do they love it? Do they hate it? Then follow with the three qualities.”


Later on in the session, some participants may do prepared speeches...if they have prepared some!

It’s warm, it’s friendly, it’s challenging sometimes, it’s exciting, and it’s wonderful... 

 You don't have to pay for this session if 

 - You are a member of the club 

 - You attend as a guest. According to availability you will be given one opportunity to speak. 

- Otherwise it's £12 in the limit of availability 

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  • Joanna B.

    Really enjoyed this session and loved seeing how much we improved over the session, lots of fun!

    1 · May 14, 2014

  • Carol

    Thanks so much for such a fun session - plenty of practice, observation and really useful feedback - especially enjoyed the 'fantastic ideas' ... !!!

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Simon

    Thanks jean-Marc. Fantastic session. Loved the format. Looking forward to the next session. Please could you send details of how to sign up. Thanks.

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    Sometimes it looks like the wind is blowing just the right way :-)

    May 13, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    Thank you for this spate of appreciative and much appreciated comments! I loved watching and listening to your performances. Everyone was so creative in their own particular style, well done and thanks again!

    May 13, 2014

  • James C

    Thanks everyone for a great session last night. There was a really positive and supportive atmosphere in the room and lots of helpful hints and tips from Jean-Marc. I am already booked onto the next one!

    2 · May 13, 2014

  • Rob C.

    This meetup definitely helped me. I loved the format of everyone getting up and doing short talks and receiving feedback and then going again to improve and improve. I would definitely come again. Thank you Jean-Marc and my fellow speed public speakers! :)

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    Another excellent session. Relaxed, entertaining, spontaneously funny, very supportive. I'm even starting to believe that I could develop the confidence to be calm. Thanks Jean-Marc - and everyone in the room.

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Hue

    I really like the fact that we don't have to speak for long each time we get up so we can recover before getting up again. Also that it's so informal but we all got great feedback from the group. Definitely worthwhile attending!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Raitis K.

    Wonderful session. Great tips with an example demonstration before I actually performe, on how to engage audience and keep them interested.

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Alex

    Great session this evening! Really pleased to come along and meet a great bunch of people all taking positive steps to become inspiring speakers. I found it very helpful to get tips and feedback from the group as well as getting some practice in. Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to cute some nerves, improve style or just practice...

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Naila H.

    I am sorry Jean Marc I once again could not find this venue in Little Russel Street. I ended up having to give up looking for it. I think next time I will meet you before the session so I know where the venue is.

    Gutted I missed this session.

    May 12, 2014

  • Rob C.

    the spot's only just opened up for me, I'm going to rush there but may be late (apologies!)

    May 12, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    As usual, the narrow door to Rentadesk is just next to the cartoon museum and on the other side, it's a Pilate Studio. If it's close, ring first floor. If it's open, climb the stairs, push the door !
    My phone is[masked] is you're lost.

    May 12, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    There is a waiting list and already one person on it. If you have answered "yes", please do know that others would like to come along. If you change your mind about attending, don't forget to change your RSVP to "no"

    May 7, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    I have started to write down a series of tips for beginners who found themselves having to speak... very soon ! Emergency tip number one : An old virtue to the rescue ! Think that you are going to give something precious to people who need it. It's not only your message that you are going to deliver, but yourself, your appearance, your vulnerability along with your qualities.

    Maybe you are going to be perfect. Well, it's not that good for others to be perfect in front of them. Who will dare speak in public after you then? Be perfect and the whole world will be even more scared of public speaking ! Maybe you are going to do your best, with a number of flaws. It's really something good to show flaws to others. We all need to feel that it's OK to be just like we are. Be just like you are, and you'll contribute to people's freedom. To put it another way, let's try to be a little bit humble. Humble people are not scared of been caught out imperfect.

    May 6, 2014

  • Jean-Marc

    After I did a presentation I got this in an email: "I meant to tell you that the part of your presentation about developers being nervous at weekly meetings really hit home. I used to be so nervous even in daily stand-ups. At one of my previous jobs, because I was nervous, I let a junior iOS developer represent us during the stand-ups rather than do it myself as the senior iOS developer, which turned out to be a huge mistake because he ended up getting credit for all of my work! Anyway if you find that story useful you are free to use it, because I hope I am proof that even people who start out being very nervous about public speaking can get better at it."

    April 29, 2014

  • lee b.

    I think this will be of great help to me i now need to speak to jean-marc

    1 · April 23, 2014

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