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Manchester Public Speaking Courses

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We've been running courses in Manchester for years - recently we’ve more than doubled the amount of courses we offer! We’ve moved from doing 4 courses a year to 10, so approximately one a month (apart from August and December). We’ve sold out 6 courses so far this year (2019) so book early if you want to secure a particular date.
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 review for the Manchester course
John’s sincerity and passion for why he does what he does is unique. He brought kindness, understanding and interest to every part and every hour of the course. John made himself available to everybody, and gently encouraged without forcing or shaming anybody into doing something that they didn’t want to do. He created a safe space for everybody on the course, himself included, which enabled us to open up and always "assume support", one of the pillar lessons of the course. I couldn't recommend this any more than I do - sign up and take the step to make positive changes to your life, work and wellbeing.
Rachel Barker


Tues 20th - Weds 21st August, Manchester
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

course now full

Venue address:  The Studio - The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
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:
Standard price:  £390 + vat (£468)

Organisations paying for their people to come:
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

Tues 20th - Weds 21st August, Manchester
from 396.00
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Google five star review for the Manchester course
As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I thought it was about time I fully faced my own fear of public speaking, John's course completely surpassed my expectations. From being highly anxious and incredibly self-conscious at the start of Day 1, by the end of day 2, I was feeling more relaxed, able to trust in myself and I was actually enjoying public speaking! It has been a month since I attended the course and I have noticed a real difference in how I feel in speaking up and taking some of the attention in social and work situations. John is a compassionate, knowledgeable and inspiring teacher, I can't recommend this course highly enough! Thank you John!
Joanne Robertson


Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th October, Manchester
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are just 2 spaces available on this course as of 13th August 2019

Venue address:  Cross Street Chapel, Manchester M2 1NL
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 3rd September:  £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 3rd September:  £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

Thurs 3rd - Fri 4th October, Manchester
from 396.00
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google five star review
I would highly recommend this course. It not only teaches very useful and accessible public speaking techniques but also gets to the root of your discomfort with it. You learn as much about yourself as you do the course title. These skills are transferable into many different applications in life, boost confidence and opens doors you’ve previously been reluctant to explore. . Thanks John for your patience and encouragement.
Fraser Cameron


Fri 8th - Sat 9th November, Manchester
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address:  Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
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 9th October:  £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 9th October:  £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

Fri 8th - Sat 9th November, Manchester
from 396.00
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Google review
Such an incredibly powerful experience. This course is about so much more than public speaking. To be in a room with like minded individuals is both unique and comforting. John has given me the ability to feel comfortable to just be me...what a burden to lighten!
Jake Ankers


Thursday 28th & Friday 29th November, Manchester
'Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course.

Venue address:  Cross Street Chapel, Manchester M2 1NL
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 28th October:  £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 28th October:  £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

Thurs 28th - Fri 29th November, Manchester
from 396.00
Booking Options:
Quantity:
Book your course

Google review
Extremely worthwhile 2 days. Gained so much more than I had from reading books on presentations. This is different. Reaches all aspects of life, not just public speaking. Just do it - life is too short not to take your place in this world.
Sarah Norman