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working with organisations

I run a lot of courses in-house around the country. The last five years a lot of my regular in-house work has been with NHS consultants who want to get better at public speaking and build confidence to help develop their leadership skills. Sometimes that work is really serious. I worked with one doctor who wanted to be better at talking openly, authentically and directly to the operating theatre staff after a patient dies on the operating table. Other days I work with vicars and other times estate agents! It's a great job.
I'm very happy to chat with you about what you want and to see what the right mix would be for your organisation.  You might need a specific solution for your organsation and I'm happy to talk that through with you as well.
Contact me on 01225 425300 or at john@speaking-infront.co..uk.

presentation clinics

I also run presentation clinics/polishing sessions for companies who want to develop the most effective presentations. Of course I do last minute emergency ones but it's best to have a good lead in time for the best presentations.

Here is a quote from a presentation review/clinic day where I helped a company re-think and restructure their presentations with their audience firmly in mind.
"Both talks went down incredibly well. So much so that our talk was one of the best of the conference according to a number of people, so a big thanks has to go to you for your help. The South African team all have expressed an interest in doing the course"

in-house courses

re-thinking presentations

I've run this course in-house regularly. For more information about the course content see re-thinking presentations
"Thanks again for a really amazing two days, we all commented today that it was one of the best training courses we have ever done"
Travel Foundation

The authentic presenter

I run a course called "The authentic presenter" or the 'natural public speaking'  (which is the title used in the NHS ) for organisations, which is about how we can re-think public speaking to make it simpler, more possible and of course more natural.

The course is suitable for:
• people who want to get better at public speaking
• people who have some stage fright (people who are overwhelmed with stage fright should really consider my taking your place in the world
• people who want to connect more with the audience with ease

This course helps you to re-think public speaking and to explore the fundamental skills we need to speak in front of an audience with ease. Learn these simple skills and you can change your relationship with audiences. Learn how to connect authentically with the audience. 

Please contact me to discuss your needs on 01225 425300 or by e-mail john@speaking-infront.co.uk

people coming from your organisation

Sometimes people feel more at ease having some training away from the organisation.
So people come on my public courses and I invoice your organisation. It's very simple.
If you want to arrange this kind of provision for your organisation please contact me or Rebecca to discuss the different options.

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participants' quotes


Organisational review of the impact of a two day course that I did for a charity

We had an all-staff meeting last week, and to help them put some of their training into practice while it was still fresh, all the staff were asked to stand and deliver for one minute what they had learnt at work in the past year and what they wanted the rest of the organisation to do with this learning. It was so noticeable how much more confident everyone was and several of them name-checked the course as their highlight so far and at various points they kept mentioning snippets of information they had acquired. They all really appreciated the immediate opportunity to apply the learning so soon after the training in a relatively safe space. All said, there are glowing endorsements all around for this course,. Well done to you and thanks.

The course was incredibly useful and I really enjoyed it.
Joanna Jones
Director of Museums & Galleries

Sara, a charity manager, writes giving feedback of how a one day in-house training has worked for her team.
Just a quick note that we have completed the seminars. They were a true whirlwind – 3 big events a week for 3 weeks is not to be underestimated!
I am very happy with how everyone performed at the seminars and hopefully did the team justice with my own section.
I can’t stress enough how the training helped with team building. Between seminars we all gave each other suggestions and lots of encouragement, in an atmosphere that felt very constructive.
A couple of members of the team fed back to me that they had been dreading the training and having to speak all year. And that in retrospect they really appreciated the opportunity to grow professionally and step out of their comfort zone. So onwards and upwards for us all!
And thanks again for all your help!
Best wishes

This was the first training we did together as a team, and in this sense it was an experiment to see if the wanted to do more in house training. You really put everyone at easy and it truly was a safe space for everyone to try things out. I think it was very good for team building and conversations about what we learned yesterday continued throughout today. I think it has helped us be more cohesive, know each other better and made the prospect of group in house training more appealing.
I thought it all went wonderfully and I am grateful for the flexibility provided in changing the time of the course, etc.
It was insightful, informative, practical but with a good theoretical basis, accessible to everyone. The facilitation was thoughtful, you made everyone feel at ease and you were very approachable.
From a Charitable organisation who wished to remain anonymous.

Everyone really enjoyed the session. What made it particularly interesting was that it was based on how to be yourself when presenting. Not what you should be.
Your style was really welcoming and inclusive and I know that all in attendance really enjoyed the day, once again many thanks.

Feed back from the South West Regional Management team
The Prince's Trust

Really excellent, clear, contained, encouraging, welcoming, warm, expansive..
Sutherland Cranial College

"You have been a huge inspiration to everyone"
Bristol Poverty Hearings

A big thank you again for running the training for the young people. I think the concept worked really well for them and certainly helped in building up more confidence. I was impressed with the changes I saw.
I certainly think you should do this again for young people..

Youth Parliament Charity

John is the most incredible bloke: relaxed, chirpy and funny, and he's one of the regions warmest, most engaging and enjoyable speakers.
Community Soul Business Group

A very valuable day - with practiced and real benefits that will have on-going value.
a vicar from the Hereford Diocese

I've worked for the Severn Deanery for over 5 years. Teaching NHS Consultants who want to feel more at ease doing public speaking. Here is some feedback from the course from Medics.

"Most active course I've been on for ages. Use of stories was great. Modelling by facilitator was fantastic"

"Very Good Indeed. Really challenging my usual way of doing things. Is there more I can do with you in 2017?"

"Skilled and compassionate facilitator. Excellent Day"

"Thank you very much, John. Excellent Course, Highly recommended"

"This was an unexpected pleasure. I would highly recommend it!"

"No criticism, it's fab. An absolutely brilliant day! Captivated!"

"An excellent day and far more effective than I had expected"

"Perfect session - I recommend that this training is given to everyone whose job involves interaction with other colleagues", "

Fantastically useful, highly recommended ",

"A really good course for all levels of staff. Particularly useful in view of my teaching role."

"It was great as it was – very experiential course which was what I needed – will highly recommend this course to others"

"It was one of the best(work-related) days I have had for a long time"

"An excellent course"

"Thank you for a very interesting and useful course. Thoroughly enjoyed the day"

"I wish I had been to a course like this years ago. I will certainly recommend it to friends and colleagues."

"It was a very good course with lots of good practical tips. It will certainly help me become a more confident speaker"

"Well organised, great structure, I enjoyed it very much and I will recommend it to other doctors. Thank you for such a good course".

"It's a great gift and hopefully a life-changer. A brilliant day- how to give a training!"


• Action on Addictions
• Bath Uni Architecture Department
• Barrett Dixon Bell Limited
• Bristol City Council
• Bristol Parent Carers
• Bristol Poverty Hearings
• The Carers Trust
• The Castle School, Thornbury
• Church of England Hereford Diocese
• Citizens Advice Bureaux
• City Councils around the South West
• Dock10, Manchester
• English Heritage
• The Environment Agency
• Exeter University  Business School - International Management Msc
• Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios - Architects in Bath and London
• Higher Education Statistics Authority
• Integral Engineering Design
• The Institute of Physics
• London Met University
• Milestones Trust
• Outsource UK Ltd
• The Prince's Trust
• The Royal Navy - Women Naval Officers, Portsmouth
• Saco Apartments
• Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust (NHS)
• Sodexo Defence
• The Scottish Parliament
• SensePost
• Severn Deanery training for NHS Consultants
• The Soil Association
• South Gloucestershire youth team
• Speakers Corner
• Spike Island Hub for Artists
• Sutherland Cranial College
• Symonds and Sampson
• Tableau Software London
• Tomorrow's people - Bristol
• The Travel Foundation
• The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
• Women Leaders in Museums Network
• Youth Parliament