Presentation Skills for the Reluctant Presenter

This course will equip those who feel nervous of public speaking with the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver effective presentations as well as providing the opportunity to practise presenting in a 'safe' environment.

Tue 10 Oct 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm London
CCT Venues Barbican

CCT Venues Barbican


  Aldersgate House, 135-137 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4JA


  0207 776 4794

Located next door to Barbican tube station.  


Exit Barbican tube station and turn right.  Barbican CCT Venues is located next door but 1 to the tube station, on the corner of the road.  Download full details here.


There is an NCP car park only minutes away on Aldersgate Street near the Museum of London roundabout, which charges £3.50 per hour or £21 for  a full day.

There is an NCP car park  minutes away on Aldersgate Street near the Museum of London roundabout, which charges £3.50 per hour or £21 for a full day.


The closest hotels are:

Citadines Aparthotel, Barbican (3 minute walk on the same road).

Malmaison (4 minute walk)

Rookery Hote (5 minute walk)

Tue 14 Nov 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm Birmingham
The Studio

The Studio


  7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 5EP


  0800 028 6694

The Studio is two minutes walk from Birmingham New Street train station.

Directions from New Street:

If you're walking from New Street train station, exit  via the escalators leading to the Palisades Shopping Centre.  Turn left at the top of the escalators and follow the signs to the exit. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp and take the first turning on the right (Cannon Street) after the glass tourist information box.  You'll see The Studio internet cafe on the ground floor, 50 yards up Cannon Street. Please visit The Studio website for more detailed directions and parking information.


There are several NCP car parks within walking distance of thestudio. We recommend Albert Street, around a five minutes walk away. The postcode of this NCP car park for satnav is B4 7LN. 

To obtain discounted parking at the Albert Street car park simply ask for an NCP validation ticket at thestudio reception. When you are ready to exit the car park, simply insert your original parking ticket into the payment machines along with the validation ticket to activate the discount. The maximum day rate will be then be reduced to £5.

Walking from Albert Street NCP Car Park

Exit the car park, turn left and walk down Dale End. Turn right opposite Marks & Spencers and head up Union Street, continue until you cross Corporation Street. Cannon Street is the first on the left, thestudio is halfway down Cannon Street on the left hand side.

Tue 05 Dec 2017 9:30am - 5:00pm Manchester
Double Tree by Hilton

Double Tree by Hilton


  1 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3DG


  0161 242 1014


If you're travelling by train, exit Manchester Piccadilly through the main exit and bear left, crossing the pedestrian bridge.  Doubltree Hilton is the glass fronted building directly ahead of you.

It's a 1 minute walk.

Conference rooms:

All the conference rooms are on the mezzanine level of the hotel.


There are various NCP car parks all within a 2 minute walk of Doubletree Hilton.  Argent Place and Piccadilly Place are both next door.  Dale Street car park is a 2 minute walk away.



Doubletree Hilton is a lovely hotel and often has rooms available, however they aren't able to offer delegates who wish to stay overnight a preferential room rate.  Other local hotels include:

Malmaison Manchester -  directly opposite Doubletree.

Premier Inn Piccadilly - 2 minute walk away.


Venue website

Doubletree Hilton Manchester


*Two delegates £560.00 per delegate.

Rated by 74 delegates

Rated5out of 5


Occasional anxiety about presenting is a common experience but, for some people, it can be a persistent problem. This workshop is a highly practical one to help overcome anxiety when presenting.

There will be opportunities to learn techniques and practice them, as well as observing and learning from others. You will prepare and deliver a short presentation with the support of your facilitator and colleagues. There will be opportunities to get personalised feedback and address your own issues.  

During the day we will share a wide range of ideas and techniques to improve the style and content of presentations but the main emphasis of the day will be on preparing yourself to deliver any presentation confidently.

The group size is strictly limited to 12 participants.  To ensure personal attention there are 2 trainers providing a 1:6 trainer: participant ratio.

Presentations are recorded but ARE NOT PLAYED BACK in the group.  The recordings are made for you to take away and watch if you choose to and are not used in any way in the workshop.

What you'll learn

On this practical and interactive one-day programme you will:

  • Explore what causes your reluctance to present
  • Learn three tried and tested  techniques for handling nerves during a presentation
  • Acquire three additional tools to build your  confidence  and personal impact that you can use in other situations too
  • Explore your own personal style and delivery- recognising and transforming areas that you find difficult
  • Learn how to deliver an  engaging  presentation for your audience
  • Learn how  to handle your audience with confidence
  • Explore how you come across to others, and discover the small changes that will make a big difference

    Who is it for?

    This course is for those who:

    • Feel anxious when speaking in front of an audience but are keen to develop your presentation ability
    • Are at a senior level in your organisation and want to feel confident presenting  in front of colleagues and larger audiences
    • Have recently changed jobs  and your brief now includes giving presentations
    • Just the thought of having to do a presentation makes you nervous
    • Imagine all sorts of presentation nightmares happening to you and it puts you off
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      Your facilitator

      Shona Ward

      Shona is a Managing Partner of the Learning Curve Network and has been designing and delivering interactive training events since 1987.  

      She began her career providing individual counselling and psychotherapy in Further Education, Health and Social services and uses this background in psychology to make her training memorable and effective. She provides management development, staff event facilitation and interpersonal skills training in the commercial and not for profit sectors.  

      Here's what our delegates are saying about this event…

      Very good. Great tips for feeling less nervous for presentations.

      Excellent. A very safe environment to learn and improve presentation skills. Lots of practical tips. Knowledgeable and thoughtful trainers.

      Transformation Programme Manager

      Really useful with some great tips.

      Commercial Manager

      Good course and well presented by the trainers. It's a good course for a grounding in how to approach presenting if you are a nervous and inexperienced presenter.

      Very good. Great tips for feeling less nervous for presentations.

      Excellent. A very safe environment to learn and improve presentation skills. Lots of practical tips. Knowledgeable and thoughtful trainers.

      Transformation Programme Manager

      Really useful with some great tips.

      Commercial Manager

      Good course and well presented by the trainers. It's a good course for a grounding in how to approach presenting if you are a nervous and inexperienced presenter.

      Amazing, very confidence boosting. Lots of positive tips and feedback. I am glad I am not the only one. I definitely encourage others to attend as it gives a variety of tops for different areas.


      Very good for all levels of confidence. Helpful content and resources. Practical session and the feedback was very useful.

      Biomedical Scientist

      Excellent. Good pace, very relevant. Covers all aspects of presentation skills, provides some great easy tips.

      Credit Director

      Well structured course with clear objectives. Following initial feedback from participants, trainers were quick to adapt course to suit. The course provides practical tips to help and avoids getting stuck in theory. Shona and Julie were friendly and competent leaders and put me at ease Definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to improve their skills.

      Commercial Manager, BBC Worldwide

      Excellent course which gave me plenty to think about. Essential for anyone who has to or wants to make presentations but thinks they are not doing them as well as they could.

      Finance Director

      I found it really informative and very helpful.

      HR Advisor

      Excellent. Good interaction, accurate content. Good learning experience.

      Manufacturing Co-ordinator

      Excellent. Tools to improve confidence in presentation skills in a safe environment.

      Biomedical Scientist

      Great session. Informative and engaging. Has lots of practical, hands on tools and techniques.

      Marketing Director

      Excellent. Full of skills, took away tools. Individually beneficial, confidence boosting. The day went really fast.

      Head of Department

      Excellent approach and tools. Great feedback and confidence building. Worth the effort even with the nerves.

      IT Consultant

      Excellent, although at first I thought it was going to be a difficult thing to do. The feedback was so helpful and has given me much more confidence.

      Managing Director

      Excellent, very interactive. Pushed me well into stretch and into my "panic zone" which I think was great to happen in a safe space. It was a safe space to learn about delivering excellent presentations and practice, whilst receiving developmental feedback.

      Practice Supervisor

      Very useful, good techniques. Useful tips and practical exercises for overcoming fears of presenting. Would have liked more practice opportunities but that would probably need more than one day.

      Marketing Manager

      Excellent. It made appreciate that I was not alone! It does what it says on the tin.

      Operations Director

      A good day. Has given me the confidence to do better presentations.

      Marketing Manager

      Very good tips, practical and helpful. Has definitely given me more confidence. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who feels nervous about presenting.

      Director of Talent

      Very helpful. It gave me an opportunity to consider different tools and techniques to overcome the obstacles I've experienced in this area.

      Regional Director

      Really good. Found it very helpful. Practical, it pushes you to be in your uncomfortable zone, which is what you need.


      Was great, it made feel more positive about presenting.

      Accounts Manager

      Very helpful with some great honest advice and tips for the future. Very good trainers. Well worth attending, you will not be the only one who will be nervous!

      Head of Finance

      A really good training session that focuses on increasing your confidence through practical solutions so that you can be a more effective presenter.

      Housing Manager

      Learnt lots, now more confident, more prepare to put together a sales pitch an conference presentation. Lots of points like learning to breathe, eye contact, body movement, humour and agendas. If you are nervous about how to do a speech or sales presentation, or want to learn how to put together a complete sales talk, this is the course for you.

      Sales Director

      Good course for those who are nervous about public speaking and or presenting. Also for those who feel they are not so nervous.


      Very informative and reassuring. Presented in a professional and friendly manner. Very informative with some great advice and tops to help put our nerves at ease.


      It was really, really good. Shona and Jill did their utmost to make us comfortable and the information was extremely useful. A great way to start the journey to overcome your fear of presenting.

      Scrum Master

      Very useful course. I learnt a lot about presentations eg body language, voice, words etc.

      , North Bristol Hospital

      I really enjoyed the course. I thought the presenter were excellent and really put us at ease. The course introduces you to techniques to improve confidence when presenting and allow you to practice in a friendly environment.

      Product Manager

      Very informative. Lots of information deliver in a very friendly and accessible way. Lots of tips and tools to take away. A very informative, practical and enjoyable course.

      Programme Manager

      I thoroughly enjoyed the event, content, practical exercises. Small group of 7 which was just right. Will definitely help me on return to the business. If you are considering this course, go for it. I felt sick at the thought, but I put myself on it as I had a development area. The trainers put you at ease and all colleagues in the same position. Nerves disappear quickly.

      Senior Manager Customer Contact

      Interactive, opportunities to practice in a safe environment. Very helpful and honest feedback and a set of tools and strategies to take home. The course is very grounded and practical and incredibly helpful.

      Divisional Director

      Excellent. Shona and Mark are very engaging, knowledgeable and supportive. Ticked all the boxes for my objectives. Interactive, informative and worth every penny.

      Senior Contracts Manager

      Really helpful techniques to tackle nerves. If you are not keen on giving presentations, this is the course for you. Techniques and skills to overcome nerves and build confidence.

      Contract Manager

      Excellent training course, providing some clear strategies for controlling feelings of anxiety and enabling the delivery of a confident presentation.


      Very useful techniques, safe environment. Also seeing other nervous people who come across as very confident whilst presenting was interesting. If nerves is an issue, this is a good course to attend.

      It was really helpful, possibly the best training I've attended! Useful, practical strategies, feedback and discussions. Hugely beneficial. Really helped with my perception of my presentation abilities.

      Deputy Headteacher

      Very good course that has given me something to think about regarding my presentation skills. I found the techniques on how to relax and stop the nerves useful, made me more confident.

      Operations Manager

      Excellent, half day learning and half day practical is a balanced and good mix. I would have liked a small bit on powerpoint content in one of the am sessions. Excellent course and great facilitators.

      Head of Talent and Resourcing

      If it was cheaper I'd have given it a 5. Prep pack was useful.

      Assistant Director, NHS England

      Excellent course

      People Solutions Lead

      Very good

      Head of HR, St Cuthberts Hospice

      I found it very useful and interesting. I admit I wasn't looking forward to it but the speaker made the day very interesting and insightful. I was brought out of my comfort zone a little and learned great techniques I can now put into practice.

      Solicitor, Homeserve

      Good reality check for me, and I found the techniques given to be useful.

      Ent. Sales Manager, Vision

      With the speaker being approachable, open and trusting a great environment was created and it made the event relaxed and open.

      Group HR Director

      Inspiring and extremely helpful. The speaker gave honest and constructive feedback, and found that the techniques were easy to learn and apply.

      Very helpful, really found the techinques for anxiety and the feedback very useful. Our speaker was knowledgeable, professional, and excellent with people.

      , Mayday Trust

      This was exactly what I needed. The speaker was engaging with the group and clearly wanted to help and engage on an individual level. I returned knowing techniques for calming myself and the confidence to speak.

      , Volvo Finance

      Met my objectives for managing anxiety. The pace and content from the facilitator was good, and there were some great suggested tools.

      Contracts & Development Manager, NHS Basseltow CCG

      Fantastic - I came out thinking I CAN present! Both trainers were brilliant, made the day less daunting and knew their stuff. I feel I've learned a lot from them.

      Marketing Officer

      Good structure. There were some key techniques that I will remember.

      Category Manager

      Scary when I received the pre-course work but very well delivered and some really good tips for development. I found the sections on handling nerves, appearing confidence and the elevator pitch most useful.

      Principal Officer

      Good very informative and interactive. Probably could have been a 2 day course because I am sure the trainers have a lot more ideas they could share to support others.

      HR Director

      I enjoyed the time to think about how I present information. I would recommend this course.

      I'm going to be taking away many things from today. Thank you.

      PLA, Cambridgeshire County Council

      Excellent, good balance between practical and theory. The facilitators were terrific! Supportive, encouraging and an ocean of knowledge when it comes to these matters.

      Head of Pathology

      Very positive, relaxed atmosphere considering how nervous most candidates were with the subject. Pitched at a comfortable level, never felt intimidated by subject matter or exercises.

      Financial Services Manager

      Really good. Not as frightening as I'd thought. Some really good tips about signposting, timing, relaxation and simple ways to prepare.

      Assistant Headteacher, Marlbrook Primary School

      Very comprehensive and helpful.

      Principal Planning Officer, Staffordshire County Council

      Excellent. Really helpful advice.

      Service Manager, OCC

      Very good, good content, confidence building. Both facilitators were excellent.

      Head of Store System

      Great course. All of it was useful and well-delivered. Thank you!


      Early Intervention Service Manager

      Excellent. Good content that I can take away and use. Interactive and informative and will be beneficial. Really enjoyed it, and I was dreading it. Most useful sessions were breathing techniques, feedback after presentation and overcoming nerves.

      Operations Director

      Excellent, gave me the confidence and knowledge to improve my presentation skills. The whole day was very good and well-structured.

      , London Borough of Bexley

      Lovely trainer, very empathetic. Really safe environment.

      Really good. Both facilitators were excellent at getting us to drop our guard and start sharing. Really positive overall. Only thing I would have added in is going back to people's objectives to check the were met.

      , MWB

      Really good, learnt a lot. Both facilitators were excellent and made you feel comfortable.

      , London Borough of Brent

      Very good. Well structured, good timing, good facilitators. Coffee supply excellent! It was a good course which I was reluctant to attend but thoroughly enjoyed.

      Science Programme Manager

      Very good, informative and welcoming. Excellent trainers, makes you feel confident and not stressed.

      Community Safety Project Officer, LB Brent

      Very impressed. Shona and Caroline worked well together. The group was about the right size and a good mix. Shona was very open and approachable and enthusiastic. Her advice was honest but at all times constructive.

      , Uttlesfield Distric Council

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