Want to change how you feel about public speaking?  Would you like to speak in front of a group with ease and presence?

 I run public speaking courses in Bristol, London and Manchester to help people feel more at ease when they are the centre of attention.  In my public speaking courses you really CAN change the way you speak and feel in front of people. Even if you have been scared for years, you can learn how to be more self-confident.  If you can start to relax around public speaking you can actually then get on with life and the things you want to do. I've hadmany people who have struggled with public speaking for a long time on my courses radically change how they feel about being the centre of attention and are able to change how they think about public speaking. People who have made major shifts in their whole lives because they feel liberated from the fear that's been holding them back. For others in a leadership role, the ability to be clear, focussed, spontaneous and be in the present when they under pressure has been the important gain.
I'm John Dawson and I’ve been running public speaking courses since 2000 with people at all levels of speaking experience who want to be more comfortable, more themselves and more effective in front of people. I run over 60 courses a year and all my courses come with a no quibble money back guarantee if you don't get what you want from the course.
If you want to read what other people think about my work please take a look at the feedback page.
To find out more, have a look at the website, there is a video of me talking about my approach if you scroll down this page or just contact me, John Dawson by e-mail on john@speaking-infront.co.uk or ring on 01225 425300
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it's not just you that is scared of public speaking

I have worked thousands of people around the fear of public speaking. People have left jobs, not got married, dropped out of university, got themselves demoted because of this fear. One guy I worked with changed countries so he had the excuse that he couldn't speak the language in order to get out of public speaking. A participant who was a senior army officer said "I'd rather fight the Taliban than do public speaking". Those are big stories but sometimes it's just about feeling really grim when you do a presentation. You are not alone with this fear.

Has the fear of public speaking impacted on your career or personal life? Does your brain seem to disappear when you present?
Or does it seem to be full of self-criticism and knowledge that the audience is really judging you and is bored already and you are only five minutes into your speech?


"Imagine being at ease when you are the centre of attention"


authentic public speaking

Do you want to change that fear of public speaking and become far more comfortable about having everyone's eyes on you?
Do you want to have more impact and feel more at ease with public speaking and presentations?
Do you want to be an authentic speaker and move away from having to perform and be someone different?

The approach I use on speaking courses makes it possible to be more yourself rather than putting on a performance or staying in fear.  As your confidence grows you will develop into being passionate, connected, conversational and creative when it comes to presentations. Audiences are really looking for speakers they can trust, they are seeking authenticity. And to get to that level of authentic speaking we need to learn the real fundamentals of public speaking.

Take a look at this audience. They look bored. But we need to re-think audiences. They listen differently to people listening to you in a conversation. Audiences listen passively. They may look judgemental and even grim and that is normal. But that is tricky if we don't know how to be relaxed when we stand in front of blank faces!

Take a look at this audience. They look bored. But we need to re-think audiences. They listen differently to people listening to you in a conversation. Audiences listen passively. They may look judgemental and even grim and that is normal. But that is tricky if we don't know how to be relaxed when we stand in front of blank faces!


does it work?

I can't guarantee changes (it depends on you as well) but my aim is to serve you as well as I can.
But don't just take my word for it. I've got hundreds of people writing about their experience on the course so please take a look at the feedback from participants. They show that it is really possible to change something that has worried you for years,  even in a short day or two. My approach is to simplify the process and to show you how you have been focussing on the wrong things. We need to shift focus and strip back all the noise in our heads. That's what we do on the course. To keep me on my toes and to reassure you, I also offer a money-back guarantee if you don't get what you want from a course. And of course, you can chat to me on the phone or watch my video to get an idea of what I'm like and what to expect.

what i offer

I run day courses, two day courses on public speaking, courses on re-thinking presentations and one-to-one coaching. There is plenty of information on the courses section of the website and talk to me or Annie if you are not sure about which course to choose.  But if you are nervous about public speaking, choose either the day or the two day course on public speaking (two day course is the most effective course if you are fearful).
I am trained to use the work called Speaking Circles.  It’s an innovative, warm and very human approach. I have been a Licensed Speaking Circles facilitator since 2000 and I am the most senior licensed facilitator in the UK.  There is more on my background and training here.

contact me

To help you decide, or to find out more, contact me, John Dawson or Annie Frere by e-mail on
john@speaking-infront.co.uk or ring on 01225 425300


upcoming courses

hurry - last course places left -  courses that are FULL are not listed.
All our public speaking courses are listed on the 'course by date' OR by 'day course' or 'two day course' pages


All courses have a money-back guarantee
so if you don't benefit from the course,
you can get your money back.



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