Change how you feel about public speaking

Would you like to speak in front of a group with ease and presence? And if that was possible, what could you do with your life?

For 19 years, I have run public speaking courses in Bristol, London, and Manchester.   I've worked with over 7000 people who were anxious about public speaking. All my courses come with a no quibble money back guarantee. I help anxious people who are scared to be fully seen, they are perhaps ashamed of their fear and definitely nervous about speaking up in public

On my public speaking courses you really CAN change the way you speak and feel in front of people. Even if you have been scared of public speaking for years, you can learn how to be more self-confident and to tackle public speaking.  Often that means getting used to being the centre of attention. If you learn to relax around public speaking, you can get on with the life you want to lead. 

I've had many people who have struggled with public speaking for a long time attend my courses and radically change how they feel about being the centre of attention and how they view public speaking. People have made major shifts in their whole lives because they feel liberated from the fear that's been holding them back.
"I feel free in a way that I never thought I would. My fear is not an issue any more; I feel I can go for promotion to senior management in my school, and this is all because I did your course." Jenny
For others in a leadership role, the ability to be clear, focussed, spontaneous and to be in the present when they are 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 40 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. 

I also offer coaching around confidence, presenting and public speaking.  I offer an initial half hour consultation at a special rate of  £30 - it's normally priced at £72.50 (money will be refunded if you book a course within 7 days). More details on my coaching page.

You can read what other people think about my work below or in more detail on the feedback page and you can view a video of me talking about my approach if you scroll down this page.

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feedback on my public speaking courses

The results far exceeded what I had expected ... it was one of the best courses I have ever been on.

Amazing weekend, I entered believing public speaking was a pressured, perfectionist, fearful thing and leave realising its just a chat and it's ok to be myself in front of others.
Nat Harrison

Pound for pound undoubtably the most effective self awareness and improvement course I have attended.
Will Mangar GP

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that I thought the course was life-changing. 

I can't quite find the words to express my gratitude.  For your time, wisdom, support, encouragement, belief. It is life changing and I thank you.

I feel able to take my place in the world in a way I never thought possible. The possibilities do now feel endless to me, it's an amazing and liberating feeling.

Book a half hour consultation with John Dawson for only £30. 

This is refunded if you go on a course. Normally priced at £72.50 so save £42.50 or it's totally  free if you go on a course. Click to Book

It's not just you that is scared of public speaking

I have worked with thousands of people around the fear of public speaking since 2000. 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? 

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? Yes. But if not, you get your money back

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 really is possible to change something that has worried them for years, even in just a day or two. There is a also a page about the successful changes that people have made  after my course. 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.  I also offer a money-back guarantee so change how you feel about public speaking OR get your money back! It's a simple no quibble guarantee and I've only returned money six times since I started, out of 7000 people who have come on my course, a success rate of  over 99%.
So watch my video (below) to get an idea of what I'm like and what to expect. Or you can talk me. Book a 30 minute consultation with me at a discounted rate of £30 (normally £72.50) AND if you book a course within 7 days you get your money back. 

Read about what happens to people after my course here

What I offer

I run two day courses on public speaking at a number of levels, and one-to-one coaching. There is plenty of information on the courses section of the website and talk to me or Rebecca (our course administrator). The taking your place course 2 day course is aimed at people who really don't like public speaking .

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.  I'm on the leadership team of The Relational Presence Network which has developed the earlier work of Speaking Circles.
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 Rebecca Burton by e-mail on or ring on 01225 425300.

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