You’re looking for a great Presentation Skills Training course, but what you really need is our Foundation training.

You’re looking for a Presentation Skills Training course because you are looking for ways of making your presentations more powerful and compelling and because you want to feel more confident in all your presentation or speaking environments.

Unfortunately most Presentation courses won’t actually give you this.  They’ll teach you how to structure a presentation, how to use Powerpoint effectively, how to stand and what to do with your hands, but they won’t address these more fundamental issues.

It’s no good having a great speech or knowing what to do with your hands if you can’t make a real human connection with your audience. Other approaches ignore this fundamental skill of public speaking, but we make it a priority.

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.

How would you describe what we do?

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.

pp1Our principal trainers Millie Baker and Daniel Kingsley started out doing presentations and Presentation Skills Training in the traditional way until they discovered the infinitely more powerful Speaking Circles® method. They discovered that when you get the connection with your audience right, everything else just falls into place.

Our Foundation training will teach you how to:

  • Feel at ease making real eye contact with an audience
  • Be authentically yourself in any presentation situation
  • Deal with challenging emotions that arise when you’re speaking
  • Deliver presentations with very little planning and improvise readily
  • Manage difficult audiences
  • Understand how your body language affects your confidence
  • Take command of Q&A sessions

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.

What would you tell anyone thinking about this course?

How the training works

Working in small groups of a maximum of 10 (with 2 trainers) 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’d still like some help with structuring presentations or Powerpoint at the end of the course we’ll be happy to coach you in these areas one to one.

Trudy Wright

Daniel’s skillful and collaborative training opened my eyes to a different approach to public speaking. It felt completely counter-intuitive AND it totally works! I highly recommend Daniel and Presence Training to anyone who wants to build confidence and authenticity when communicating with small or large audiences.

Trudy Wright, Coach and Consultant

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The Science behind our powerful Presentation Skills Training 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.

Increase your audience trust

Work 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 Testimonials page for details of how lots of people like you have benefited from our training.

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