Thinking on the Spot

Get your ideas across clearly - even when you have no time to think
Full day


You've spent years sharpening your mind and honing your professional skills and knowledge. You're on top of your game. Then someone poses a question or asks you to present your thoughts and the worst happens – your mind goes blank!

Given time to think, you can put your ideas across clearly and coherently, without waffling or wandering off topic. But when you're put on the spot, you find it hard to order your thoughts and make your point.

In this intensive, fun and very practical workshop you'll learn how to manage any situation in which you are asked to think on the spot, whether facing one person or a room filled with people.

We will have a 15 minute break in both the morning and the afternoon and break for lunch between 12.30 and 1.30.

What you'll learn

  • how to think when under pressure
  • how to answer questions when you are put on the spot
  • what to do when your mind goes blank
  • how to answer audience questions when you are presenting
  • how to give an impromptu talk about (pretty much) anything
  • how to improvise around a subject
  • how to stall people when you don't have an immediate answer
  • how to deflect a question
  • how to become calm in an instant so you can deal more rationally with any situation

Who is it for?

The workshop is designed for anyone who is faced with a need to think on the spot in a professional situation. The tips, tricks and techniques that you will learn here can be used in a wide variety of situations (personally as well as professionally).

Your facilitator

David Cotton
David Cotton

David has worked in training and development for over 20 years, working in four continents and nearly 40 countries. His work ranges from one to one coaching to managing multinational training programmes and his clients range from small family businesses to the European Commission, United Nations and Middle Eastern petrochemical companies. He is the author of around a dozen books and many journal articles. He is also a qualified and practising hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. He spent 21 years with the major professional services firms, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, before becoming an independent trainer, coach, facilitator and speaker in 2002.

A former professional musician, David still occasionally performs and he collects instruments from around the world on his travels. He is the author of several books including 'Managing Difficult People At Work' and 'The Business Strategy Toolkit'.


I think it was great, lots of practical tools to use. Extremely interesting and fun. With tips and exercises to get you thinking and speaking on your feet.
Head of Services
Loved it. Excellent presenter, he is genuinely knowledgeable and energetic. This is a must, it is all very logical stuff but it's having the time to sit down and think.
Head of Sales
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Thinking on the Spot
Virtual Classroom
23/09/20 9:30 - 16:30