I never thought I'd use the Clifton Suspension Bridge as an image because it's a bit of cliche. I wish this was my photo but it's from istock picture library and its a great way of seeing something we take for granted in a different way.

I never thought I'd use the Clifton Suspension Bridge as an image because it's a bit of cliche. I wish this was my photo but it's from istock picture library and its a great way of seeing something we take for granted in a different way.

Public Speaking Courses in Bristol

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The taking your place in the world course is aimed at people who don't like public speaking or are struggling with it. This 2 day course has been running for 19 years (I run other tailored courses for organisations). It will help you to learn how to feel more at ease in front of an audience, change how you feel about being the centre of attention, learn to speak publicly (in a conversational manner rather than performing) and to create a connection with the audience. Many people who come on this course have previously found public speaking tricky to say the least. I know you might be nervous but time and time again people have said "I wish I had done this course 5 or 10 years ago!"
The course really works with beginners as well as people who have been public speaking for a while but are still anxious. You’ll have the chance to absorb and practise what you have learnt on the first day and work with it on the following day. It's all about learning the new fundamental skills and re-thinking what we need for public speaking. Beginners is a strange term here as I get some people who have been speaking for a long time but are doing the wrong stuff and still feel grim. So it really means people who haven't learnt the new approach that I teach.

How I Teach

It’s an experiential course (learning through experience and discussion) which builds up the learning in very small steps, sometimes very baby steps! We learn about audiences and what gets in the way currently as public speakers. So most of the course is focussed on learning these new skills and mindset changes we need to make to make public speaking simpler. We do this by:
• Keeping the course numbers to 6-10 people so it’s a small enough course to have individual attention and big enough to feel like public speaking
• Individual coaching through the course
• Pair work exercises
• Group conversations and exercises, building confidence and changing what it means to be the centre of attention
• Gentle Public speaking practice, building on what we are learning all the way through the course
• Using ground-rules to set up the learning space to be as safe as possible
• Open to any questions throughout the course
• Clear Course materials and post-course materials
• additional help through coaching can be arranged pre or post-course.

Money Back Guarantee

All courses come with a money back guarantee.


Google Five Star Review
John's course is the most valuable course (including my degree) that I've ever been on, in regard to the positive impact it will continue to have on my wellbeing and ability to progress in my career. Of course it was a big challenge in some ways, yet I've felt so uplifted and free during and after the course. The thought put into its design is considerate to the feelings of the participants, and the order of activities and talks makes total sense. John created a safe and supportive environment for the whole group, addressing that all present were in support of each other, and setting some ground rules to enable trust. I actually had great fun both being in the audience and being in front of the audience, and we were all a little sad when it came to the end of a wonderful, life changing and memorable weekend. I fully recommend doing the course!
Emma Kane


Weds 25th - Thurs 26th September in Bristol
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are 3 spaces available on this course

Venue address:  Engineers’ House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB
for more information about course venue and location see our Venue page
Times: Day 1, 9.30am - 5pm;  Day 2,  9.30 am - 4pm
Course numbers:  6 people min - 10 people max
All courses come with a money back guarantee.
You can cancel up to 14 days before with NO charge - Cancellation policy.

Individuals paying for themselves:
Earlybird by 26th August:  £330 + vat (£396)
Standard price:  £390 + vat (£468)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for their people to come:
Earlybird by 26th August:  £430 + vat (£516)
Standard price:  £480 + vat (£576)

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Book your place by choosing the right "booking type" below and pay with your credit/debit card. All prices include VAT
If you need an invoice with your organisation's purchase order please email us

Weds 25th - Thurs 26th Sept, Bristol
from 396.00
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Google Five Star Review
Public speaking is truly a nightmare for me, and I really had my doubts that John could do anything about that. But John absolutely proved me wrong. That really took me by surprise, and for me, this course went WAY further than just public speaking. I truly came out with a different perspective of "the audience", "the crowd", "the other person," and the way I feel and hold myself when I'm speaking in front of them. He simplifies it and explains it perfectly. Thank you so much John. I will never forget these two days.
Will Northen


Sat 19th - Sun 20th October, Bristol
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address:  Engineers’ House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB
for more information about course venue and location see our Venue page
Times: Day 1, 9.30am - 5pm;  Day 2,  9.30 am - 4pm
Course numbers:  6 people min - 10 people max
All courses come with a money back guarantee.
You can cancel up to 14 days before with NO charge - Cancellation policy.

Individuals paying for themselves:
Earlybird by 19th Sept:  £330 + vat (£396)
Standard price:  £390 + vat (£468)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for their people to come:
Earlybird by 19th Sept  £430 + vat (£516)
Standard price:  £480 + vat (£576)

Book by Credit Card
Book your place by choosing the right "booking type" below and pay with your credit/debit card. All prices include VAT
If you need an invoice with your organisation's purchase order please email us

Sat 19th - Sun 20th October, Bristol
from 396.00
Booking Type:
Quantity:
book your course

Google Five Star Review
This course is fantastic and truly life-changing for anyone struggling with presentation/public speaking anxieties. The skills I have picked up from the course are invaluable and I will carry them with my for the rest of my life - worth every penny :)
Caitlin Yih


Weds 13th - Thurs 14th November, Bristol
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address:  Engineers’ House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Bristol BS8 3NB
for more information about course venue and location see our Venue page
Times: Day 1, 9.30am - 5pm;  Day 2,  9.30 am - 4pm
Course numbers:  6 people min - 10 people max
All courses come with a money back guarantee.
You can cancel up to 14 days before with NO charge - Cancellation policy.

Individuals paying for themselves:
Earlybird by 13th Oct:  £330 + vat (£396)
Standard price:  £390 + vat (£468)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for their people to come:
Earlybird by 13th Oct:  £430 + vat (£516)
Standard price:  £480 + vat (£576)

Book by Credit Card
Book your place by choosing the right "booking type" below and pay with your credit/debit card. All prices include VAT
If you need an invoice with your organisation's purchase order please email us

Weds 13th - Thurs 14th November, Bristol
from 396.00
Booking Type:
Quantity:
book your course

Google Five Star Review
John's two day course is a no brainer. You'll walk away understanding a lot more about the reasons why you feel the way you do about public speaking and you may just realise that you've turned a corner in other areas of your life too!
James Dettmer


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