Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Inspire your audience with great public speaking and presentation skills

Public speaking and presentations

Public speaking and presentations – from meetings to large-scale performance.

Public speaking is essential for your credibility and for your organisation’s influence in the market. It’s frequently thought that great speakers are born with a special gift – but there are many ways to access our own magnetism, to be more powerful, to inspire and influence.

We believe anyone who is willing to listen, observe and practice can become a great speaker. Our performance experts nurture individuals and groups to create audience relationships, extend their repertoire, and build a technical skill base that gives them the confidence to get the message across in their own unique way.

You will develop:

  • Authoritative and energised delivery (open, confident posture; eye contact; congruent gestures) so that you come across with gravitas and warmth.
  • Vocal confidence and range (breath support, articulation, vocal variety, pause and pacing, pitching and tone) so that your voice has life and musicality.
  • Greater rapport with your audience through storytelling and personal connection.
  • Ways to make your material memorable, speak-able, and engaging through structure and rehearsal.

Everyone we work with wants to be perceived as ‘charismatic’, or to have ‘presence’ as a public speaker. They are qualities of leadership, of influencing, of making people want to listen. Most people also want to do this while still being ‘authentic’, or true to their own style.

The questions that then arise are: how do we define these qualities, and can we develop them; and in doing so, how do we remain true to ourselves?

I see presence and charisma as a balance of self-awareness, awareness of others, genuineness, positive regard, and an ability to communicate clearly and with passion. They are, if you like, different but complimentary: the ability to be both receptive and outgoing.

Yes, we can develop this ability. Yes, we can do this while speaking from the heart – in fact, it is hard to do without speaking from the heart.

Technical skills also certainly help and feedback, without which we can’t be sure the impact we are having is what we intended. There is nothing wrong with borrowing from others we admire. That’s why they’re called role-models.

When we are coaching speakers, we work to help you connect to your audience. To do this we tune and practice the instrument, physically and vocally; and we look to create strong emotionally intelligent messages that are therefore meaningful to the audience, and where your values shine through. Then people will want to listen.

For other articles about public speaking see the following blog posts:

Do you want to be a powerful public speaker?

Voice Ltd also offer individual sessions for voice coaching and presentation skills in Highgate, London.

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