The Speaking Circles method is a powerful and simple way to overcome public speaking nerves or public speaking phobia. Whether you have a fear of public speaking or simply public speaking anxiety, we can help you change that.

The Speaking Circles method was designed by Lee Glickstein 20 years ago in order for him to overcome his terror of speaking in public, and since then it has helped thousands of people to move from terror, through comfort, often ending up in a delight in being in front of a group or audience.

Many people find it relatively easy to speak to people one-to-one, but find it stressful to speak to large groups. The Speaking Circles method teaches you how you can relate to an audience as if you were relating one to one, immediately making you feel much more comfortable.

Even those who don’t find it easy to relate one to one find that the simple introductory exercises that we practice will gradually allow them to increase their ease in relating with others, allowing them to feel much more comfortable in one on one as well as group/audience situations.

Within a very short period of time of doing this work most people find that they have developed public speaking skills to tackle situations that had previously felt to be impossible.

We’d love to help you overcome public speaking anxiety or fear of public speaking, as almost everyone who comes to work with us successfully does.

How would you describe what we do?

End your public speaking anxiety today.

Working on your body language and speech structure when you have no connection with your audience is like polishing a car with no engine. It might look great, but it’s not going anywhere.  And of course if you are dealing with fear of public speaking or public speaking anxiety, everything else goes out of the window when you feel those symptoms.


Our principal trainer Daniel Kingsley, was trained as a barrister and started out doing public speaking using the very best traditional methods, until he discovered the vastly more effective Speaking Circles® method. He discovered that when you learn how to manage your emotions and to connect authenticalluy with your audience from there, everything else seems to follow naturally.

And being able to feel that you are in a real connection with your audience is a one of the most powerful ways of overcoming public speaking anxiety or fear of public speaking.  Most people find themselves calming down almost immediately.

You may be astonished by how quickly you are able to make progress.

Our Foundation training will teach you how to:

  • Feel at ease making real eye contact with an audience
  • Be yourself and be authentic when you speak in public
  • Overcome fear of public speaking, anxiety and nerves
  • Speak in public without notes and improvise readily
  • Understand how your body language affects your confidence

Foundation attendees have commented on their surprise at how enjoyable the act of public speaking can be, attributing this to the quality of the learning, the experience of the course facilitators, and the collaborative spirit nurtured within the workshops. We think you’ll also find our public speaking courses both an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  This course offers an astonishingly fast way to overcome your fear of public speaking or public speaking anxiety.

What would you tell anyone thinking about this course?

Say goodbye to your fear of public speaking.

How the training works

Working in small groups of a maximum of 10 we teach in a “hands-on” way, with just enough input from us and plenty of opportunities for you to practice.  We’ve learned from experience that the best way for people to integrate new skills is by doing instead of listening and we’ll have you starting to take on board these new methods from the first moments of the training.

  • Individual coaching
  • Small group work
  • Large Group work
  • Feedback and Q&A sessions
  • Written handouts summarising all the main points we’ve covered
  • The opportunity to be videoed (optionally) to review your performances at home.
  • Access to a private group for graduates of the training to ask questions and share information about Presentation Skills and Public Speaking.

And, of course if you still want some help with learning to compose or structure presentations, or with writing any particular speech, we are very happy to offer you one to one coaching at any time.

Claire Brydon, Digital Systems Architect

Presence's approach to public speaking is a revelation. After my first two days of training I'm inspired to keep it up and really get past this fear of public speaking, which I can now see has been holding me back in so many areas of my life. I found the training comfortable, safe and expansive.

Claire Brydon, Digital Systems Architect

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The Science behind our powerful Presentation Skills Courses and Public Speaking Training

The foundation of our unique method starts with eye contact.  Not just fleeting “lip-service” eye contact, but real eye contact where you see the individuals you are speaking to as real human beings and you allow them to see you.

We know from our experience that this transforms the relationship between you and the audience, but many people are interested to know the science that explains why.  The answers are interesting.

Feel calmer, in control and more creative.

According to Professor Stephen Porges, author of the Polyvagal Theory – The Neurophysical Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communiation and Self-Regulation, extended easy-going eye contact activates the “Social Engagement System”, which via the vagus cranial nerve acts as a break on the fight or flight sympathetic nervous system.  Once this system is activated people feel more relaxed, safer, are more relational and more creative.  This is one of the keys to overcoming fear of public speaking and public speaking anxiety.

Increase your audience trust

Research by Jozien Bensing with GPs found that GPs who made significant amounts of eye contact with their patients had greater patient satisfaction and found that their patients had reduced anxiety and an increased willingness to disclose symptoms to their practitioner.

Not only does our powerful method work with eye contact, but we also encourage and teach use of “Open Focus” attention of the speaker on the audience.

Reduce your stress and increase performance.

Research by Dr Lester Fehmi of the Princeton Biofeedback Institute over the past 20 years suggests that such open focus attention methods not only reduces stress but also increase concentration and performance.

We can tell you lots more about the science, but of course the proof of the pudding is in the eating – check out our written and video testimonials throughout this website for details of how lots of people like you have benefited from our training.

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So if we have intrigued you and you’d like to know more on how you can overcome public speaking anxiety or fear of public speaking, contact us for a free consultation, or download our free guide to authentic public speaking.