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Public speaking courses in London, Bristol and Manchester run by John Dawson

The 2 day public speaking course for people who don’t like it and want to feel more confident about giving talks and presentations or speaking up at meetings or even asking their girlfriend to marry them…

Learn how to take your place in the world

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.

On the course:
• You will learn to feel more comfortable in front of an audience, be able to think on your feet and become more at ease when you speak.
• You will understand what happens currently that gets in the way when we speak. We will talk about audiences and how we misunderstand what is happening in an audience. That's a key thing to understand.
•  You will learn how you can change that and then learn about the new skills (including Relational Presence) and the mindset we need in order to feel more comfortable in front of people.
On the second day we use what we've covered to find our own stories, who we are as speakers (sometimes it's the first time we can call ourselves a public speaker) and to focus more on content - always from a place of presence and inviting connection. A powerful place to learn to be. No previous experience required.

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.

Contact us for a brief chat on 01225 425300 or email john@speaking-infront.co.uk or arrange a consultation with John for £30 (refundable if you book a course within 7 days)


Google 5 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


Sat 21st - Sun 22nd September, London
Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address: Regents University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS
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 1st September: £370 + vat (£444)
Standard price: £440 + vat (£528)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for people to come:
Earlybird by 1st September: £475 + vat (£570)
Standard price: £535 + vat (£642)

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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

Sat 21st - Sun 22nd September, London
from 444.00
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Google 5 Star review
John is very skilled at what he does, and has the rare ability to normalise and bring humour to stressful situations that came up when we learning to feel comfortable standing in front of others. I would highly recommend his weekend course, not only to learn new skills in public speaking, but to get in touch with what it means to be your 'self'. In my opinion, the gift of having a teacher who supports and promotes you to be more of 'you' is the best teacher of all! Thank John for showing up for us all.
Elise Parsons


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)

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 25th - Thurs 26th Sept, Bristol
from 396.00
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5 star google review
A truly life changing course led by a true professional, thank you John for taking away my fear.
Grant Hewlett


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

There is just one space 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: Because there is only one space left - If you want to book the remaining place, please contact me via email
Earlybird by 3rd September:  £330 + vat (£396)
Standard price:  £390 + vat (£468)


Organisations paying for their people to come: This place can be booked via the website
Earlybird by 3rd September:  £430 + vat (£516)
Standard price:  £480 + vat (£576)
This place can be booked via the website

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 5 Star review
John's course gets to root of what causes many of us to dread public speaking and helps us to practice overcoming our fears in a safe environment. I recommend it highly to anyone in this position.
John Gibbon


Tuesday 8th - Wednesday 9th October, London
Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London WC1N 3AL
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 8th September: £370 + vat (£444)
Standard price: £440 + vat (£528)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for people to come:
Earlybird by 8th September: £475 + vat (£570)
Standard price: £535 + vat (£642)

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

Tues 8th - Weds 9th October, London
from 444.00
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Google 5 Star review
Truly transformative! It felt like a positive step to embark on John’s course, but walking through the door on day one I felt extremely anxious. However John put me instantly at ease; he creates a very supportive environment, and has both an encouraging and reassuring manner.
At the outset I really wasn’t sure what to expect or how the course could help me overcome my fear. Yet John is so inspiring and enabled me to change my whole mindset about public speaking. It’s been truly transformative - I can’t thank you enough John.
John is obviously passionate about his work, his course feels very personal, and he shows great empathy as well as bringing a sense of humour. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone with any level of anxiety towards public speaking.
Vicky Oram-Ahern



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
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Google 5 Star review
John's course somehow manages to take you all the way from nervous dread to feeling pretty relaxed in front of others in just 2 days... Lots of little exercises, nothing too scary. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get back in touch with a more easy-going, relaxed and confident version of yourself :)
Helen Parnham


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 5 Star review
I attended a two-day course with John in Bristol. I found the course excellent for helping me to feel more comfortable under the spotlight and came away with lots of ideas about how I can also help other people that I work with to be themselves when speaking to others in any setting, professional or personal. I would thoroughly recommend John's approach.
Theresa Mellon


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
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Sat 23rd - Sun 24th November, London
Taking your place in the world' - a 2 day public speaking course

There are spaces available on this course

Venue address: Regents University, Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4NS
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 22nd October: £370 + vat (£444)
Standard price: £440 + vat (£528)
A partial scholarship is available for this course. For details see here

Organisations paying for people to come:
Earlybird by 22nd October: £475 + vat (£570)
Standard price: £535 + vat (£642)

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 23rd - Sun 24th November, London
from 450.00
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Google 5 Star review
If Carlsberg did Public Speaking Courses...
Life changing, liberating, heart warming, self affirming, and much much more than public speaking - you'll find yourself bursting to stand up and be counted after spending just a few hours with John Dawson.
Liberty Sheldon


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
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Quantity:
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Google 5 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


Google 5 Star review
I cannot emphasise enough how, after just two days on John's 'Taking your place in the world' course, my whole attitude towards public speaking, general social interaction and my own potential and capabilities, has completely turned around for the better.
John has an approach that's suitably sensitive to the groups' fears whilst being appropriately encouraging and there wasn't a question or hesistation from anyone that he wasn't able to respond to with insight positivity and support.
The course is worth every penny - I just wish I'd known years ago how liberated I could feel after two days in Bristol with John and the rest of the group.
Sophie Barford

Google 5 Star review
John’s course was about much more than speaking in public: it was about confidence, interaction, support, reception, empathy. I loved his teaching approach and was amazed at what he managed to achieve in such a short time with a highly diverse group of people. In addition to my own progress, what impressed me was how we grew as a group, all ten of us together. It was an extraordinary experience.
Marije de Jager


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If you are interested in courses after the dates listed, there will be course dates added regularly. If you are planning way ahead please email us and we can advise you on any further dates you are interested in.