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This Meetup Group is for anyone who has a fear of speaking in public or who wants to improve their public speaking skills and, YES, you can be taught everything you need to know in one day!

Whether you are just starting out on your career or you are in the boardroom, this One-Day Workshop is for you. By the end of it you will have both the skills and the confidence to stand up in front of any number of people and present like a professional. Presenting to a room (or auditorium) full of people is more than just talking, it’s a performance and crucially, it’s all about confidence and clarity.

Everyone has a right to speak, and that includes you. Clear, concise communication is the new currency and fortunes can be made or lost on the back of how we present ourselves. Most people are not natural communicators or born speakers. The vast majority of people are self-conscious, nervous – “what will he/she/they think of me?” – and some even painfully shy. Think about your own situation.

How do you feel when you are asked – or told – to speak in public? Quite likely your initial reaction is something along the lines of: dry throat, racing heart, sweaty, scared, petrified, palpitations, paralysed and in extreme cases you may even feel short of breath, become dizzy or go in to a full-blown panic attack. Sound and feel familiar?

Don’t panic. You are not alone – this happens a lot to people who have a built-in fear of standing up in front of other people and presenting an idea, making a pitch or delivering a speech. It’s a natural reaction, but it doesn’t have to be that way for you.

This One-Day Workshop is designed to help you re-programme the fear you feel when asked to speak in public and will allow you to stand up and speak from a position of genuine, easy confidence and poise, using simple but immensely-powerful techniques. If it doesn’t do that, your money will be refunded in full – and that’s a guarantee.

The Workshop is designed to help you escape from the prison of your own mind and fearful disposition; for you to be able to enjoy the benefits of communicating fluently, concisely, passionately and to get over your message in the best-possible way.

The skills you will learn will also benefit you in ways you cannot yet appreciate. They will give you an inner confidence and allow you to be yourself – whatever that is for you.

Fear is nothing more than a bully and is, in all likelihood, holding you back. Once confronted, it will melt away leaving you free to enjoy the life and success you deserve.

That insistent and always-present “little voice”, fear, will tell you that people will laugh at you; that you're not good enough; that you're not worthy enough; that you don’t deserve to be there, that your speech will be a disaster and that you will be fully exposed for what you truly are – a fraud! You see how powerful fear is if you let it grip you?

It will tell you that you cannot cope; that you have not prepared enough; that you don't know what you're talking about and that nobody is interested in what you have to say anyway. Fear tells you that both you and your topic are boring and not worth listening to. As a result, fear holds you back, blocks your path to success and prevents you achieving your goals in both your career and in life generally.

Fear is a bully and like most bullies when confronted, its threat disappears leaving you free to enjoy life. You just need the right encouragement, strategies and techniques to overcome it.

The good news is that there is a solution. The One-Day Workshop Learning and Developing Skills for Public Speaking will help you break away from fear.

You will never be the same again….in a positive way. You’ll get an understanding into the fear of public speaking and the effective tools and techniques to use in the future.

The One-Day Workshop will teach you:

• How to handle and control nerves and get over ‘stage fright’
• Fully prepare for a presentation to either a small group or in a large auditorium
• Use your natural voice to communicate with confidence and clarity
• Clearly define and develop the message you want to get across for maximum effect
• Learn how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in body language when presenting or making a speech
• Correct posture, breathing and relaxation techniques to calm you down
• How to build or re-build your self-confidence through interactive group exercises
• How to focus your natural nervous energy on positive outcomes
• The key to opening your speech with impact and confidence
• How to transcend your false beliefs and banish your fearful thoughts
• Tap into your innate, unique personality, creativity and authenticity
• A 7-point checklist to help you prepare to speak in public

Public speaking and presenting are increasingly essential requirements for all aspects of a successful business life, as well as life in general. A great presentation can help you clinch that crucial sale, get that all-important contract or land that new job. Having the ability to captivate your audience, draw them in and get them to listen to you is crucial to success. Once you learn these basic skills you have them for life and can pass them on to others in your organisation.

Learning and Developing Skills for Public Speaking will give you the techniques needed to impress and influence an audience of any size and show you how to polish and build on the skills you already have. If you are fearful about standing up in front of people to give a speech or a presentation, this concise One-Day Workshop will change that forever.

A little bit about me:

I am an accomplished actor, presenter, acting coach and mentor. I began my career as an actor working in theatre, television and film. Early on in my career, after leaving The Drama Studio in London, I joined the BBC Radio Drama Repertory Company and appeared in hundreds of radio broadcasts.

I have used my presenting skills to great effect for many large companies and corporations including being the main presenter for BT for five years, travelling all over the UK to present their latest technology to boards, business customers and strategic partners.

On the back of that I was asked to develop a One-Day Course teaching employees to speak and present in public for some of the UK’s leading companies.

After many years’ experience acting, I attended the UK’s prestigious National Film & Television School and moved to directing.

Directing and working with actors, as well as my own acting and presenting experience, make me an ideal person to coach and help prepare people to get up in front of an audience to give a speech or make a presentation. Without doubt, my experience and skill will greatly benefit any individual who finds that task daunting. If it doesn't, I will refund your money in full.

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