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This presentation skills training workshop is designed for people with some experience of speaking in public, who want to do even better. Maybe you've seen other speakers perform seemingly effortlessly, or really connect to their audience, or entertain at the same time as they deliver a serious business message, and what to know how to do it. This 2-day workshopwill teach you all this and take your speaking and presenting skills to the next level.

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Numbers are deliberately restricted to a maximum of eight people, which makes the classes highly interactive and also gives you the opportunity to make two presentations without having to listen to dozens of others making theirs.

The concept behind the advanced skills seminar is that of Whole-Brain Presenting™ - speaking in a carefully crafted way that engages both sides of your audience's brains, therefore exponentially increasing your chances of achieving your objectives!

Many presenters have a solid, well-prepared, businesslike message to deliver but fail to connect with the audience because their delivery is dry, predictable and boring. Others are exciting, interesting and motivational but you can’t remember a thing they said ten minutes after they sat down.

"I'm quite experienced as a speaker, but always felt that something was missing and wanted to do more. This workshop was an eye-opener for me, especially the bit on how to use rhetoric ... I feel I've improved by leaps and bounds" ... Jeremy Waterhouse, Citibank

Both types make the mistake of speaking in a way that engages only half of their audience’s brains - either the left side (i.e. in a logical, factual, structured manner) or the right (in a creative, emotional way). The result is a presentation or speech that unsurprisingly often fails to achieve its objectives.

Whole-Brain Presenting™ engages both sides of the brain by creating a blend of the best aspects of both styles. It’s logical, structured, organised and methodical while also being creative, exciting, emotional and memorable. How? By combining two very different but complementary approaches.

The approach that engages the left-side of the brain is Teleology, a Greek word for the study of things with the end in mind.’ When applied to presenting or public speaking, it means starting with your objective and working backwards, so that every single aspect of the presentation relates to it.

The approach that engages the right-side of the brain is the considered and deliberate use of creativity and emotion. Too many speakers think that because they're giving a business presentation they have to be ‘businesslike’, and interpret this as being logical, factual, data-heavy and dry. Unfortunately this can very easily be boring! People’s minds will accept an argument or agree to a course of action much more easily if these left-sided elements are mixed with right-sided ones such as humor, visual imagery, anecdotes and human interest.

The result is a presentation that's not only perfectly crafted to achieve your objective, but is also delivered in an interesting, engaging and memorable way. In other words, a presentation that appeals to both sides of the brain and massively increases your chances of achieving your objective.

"Probably the most enjoyable course I've been on. Loved the relaxed, humorous approach Nick uses to get his points across" ... Julie Walsh, HSBC

Workshop Content

How the Brain Works

  • the different functions the left- and right-halves of the brain are responsible for, and why it's essential you engage both
  • the role of emotion in decision-making and how many people decide using emotion and justify that decision using logic.
  • how the brain sometimes 'short circuits' and can produce a knee-jerk emotional reaction to something that is said
  • how you can use this to your advantage
  • how to avoid 'analysis paralysis' and why too much information can get in the way of good decision-making
"I'm quite experienced as a speaker, but always felt that something was missing and wanted to do more. This workshop was an eye-opener for me, especially the bit on how to use rhetoric ... I feel I've improved by leaps and bounds" ... Jeremy Waterhouse, Citibank

Presentation Structure

  • how to structure your presentation so it's logical and easy to follow. Imagine being able to draw your audience irresistibly towards a conclusion that culminates in the achievement of your objective
  • how to work backwards from your objective, making sure that everything ties in to it
  • an 8 step process for designing and structuring your presentation
  • 7 main ways to structure a presentation, and which is best for yours
  • how to step into the audience's shoes and look at things through their eyes
  • how to identify and craft a CAB (compelling audience benefit) that will have them hanging on to your every word
"This workshop really sorts the men from the boys. Can't wait for the next company conference to impress everyone"... Paul White, HP

Opening Powerfully

  • why 99% of speakers waste most of the first invaluable 90 seconds with boring, instantly forgettable, mundane drivel
  • 5 powerful ways to open and grab 'em by the throat right from the start, giving them a compelling reason to pay attention and listen to you for the rest of your talk
  • the power of using interesting anecdotes (from sports, history, science and politics)
  • how to use startling statistics and fascinating facts
  • ways to grab them with relevant, interesting quotations
  • how to personalize the opening to the day, location or audience
  • how humor can grab people's attention from the start

Closing Powerfully

After the opening, the second most important part is the close - you may recall a number of speakers you've heard who simply drifted to a pathetic, limp-wristed halt. What would it be like if you could close with a bang so you're guaranteed to get your audience to take action

    • why most speakers waste the last invaluable 90 seconds by drifting to a pathetic, limp-wristed halt.
    • 5 powerful ways to close that will leave 'em on a high and help you achieve your objective (which is what it's all about, after all)
    • how to finish on a laugh
    • the importance of a 'call to action'
    • how to climax and really finish with a bang
"The session on rhetoric was the highlight of the two days. Before this, I would never have had the confidence to use anything like that, but the dfference it makes is amazing"... Karen Milliband, Google


We'll look at how to use rhetoric to sear your words into your audience's minds. But before you start to panic, this isn't an attempt to make you sound theatrical. We'll simply show you how to use powerful, effective techniques used by great speakers such as Churchill, Martin Luther King, JFK, Steve Jobs and Barack Obama to make your message more memorable whilst still using everyday language you are comfortable with.This session alone is worth twice the cost of the workshop.

    • how to deliberately pick your words so they're impactful and memorable
    • age-old rhetorical techniques that will burn your words into your audience's minds
    • how to do it using normal, everyday language you are comfortable with (don't worry - you won't sound all theatrical and OTT using any of these!)
    • how powerful speakers like President Obama (and many other great speakers like Steve Jobs) use rhetoric in their speeches to motivate and persuade
      "Applied what we learned about rhetoric to one of my normal presentations as soon as I got back to work, and the effect can only be described as unbelievable. A 'bog standard presentation' almost became a work of art. My boss commented when I delivered it. Fantastic."... Mark Sure, AstraZeneca

Visual Aides

    • why you should be the focus of attention, not your slides - they are there to support you, not the other way around; you'll never approach preparing slides in the same way again
    • why too much information creates 'analysis paralysis' and prevents good decision-making
    • how to make your slides impactful and relevant
    • the 10 biggest mistakes presenters make when using PowerPoint
    • how to avoid ''death by PowerPoint"
    • how to design slides so the really important parts stand out and make an impact
    "Personally, I thought the best bit was the advice on PowerPoint. Nick's Golden Rule completely changed the way I approach the use of visuals. I used to start with the slides and build my words around them, but now I realise it should have been the other way around."... Daniel Goldman, BT

Humor & Stories

  • how to use both to stimulate the right side of the audience's brains (which makes your points easier to remember)
  • how to use them to illustrate a serious point
  • the difference between a story and an anecdote
  • 10 tips on how to add 'oomph' to your stories
  • why it's important to 'give your audience permission to laugh'
  • how to create powerful visual images in the audience's minds
"Absolutely loved the bit on using humor. As an engineer I have a logical, detailed mind and am not much of a comedian, but this gave me some great tips I can't wait to try out" ... Martin Branston, BA

Using Your Voice More Effectively

We'll cover how to use your voice and improve your vocal delivery. Most people only use a fraction of their vocal range in terms of pitch, intonation, speed and volume. As you think about that now, how impressive would it be to be able to vary all of these so that your voice is not only more pleasant to listen to, but also more powerful, compelling and persuasive. You'll learn:

  • 7 different types of pause, how and when to use each to improve your delivery tenfold.
  • simple exercises to improve vary your volume, pace and intonation
"I've never liked the sound of my voice on tape, but I now realise that I have the power to change it. Colleagues have said I now sound much more confident and professional when on my feet"... Dianne Bowers, Swiss Life

Body Language

The most important visual aide you ever use isn't a flipchart or a PowerPoint slide ... it's YOU! Obviously that includes your appearance, but most of your visual impact comes from your body language. Your gestures, posture, body movement and facial expressions all play a major contribution in getting your message across. In one study, exactly the same 10-minute presentation got positive feedback ratings of 84%, 52% and 28% (!!!!) depending on the hand gestures used. We'll cover:

  • the amazing power of posture - how to stand and move so that you project an aura of confidence and professionalism
  • the subconscious gestures people use that betray what they're really thinking (a.k.a. 'non-verbal leakage') - how to spot them in others and stop them in yourself
  • how to read the audience's gestures so you know how they're reacting to your words
  • the incredible importance of eye contact

Workshop Outline

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Each day begins at 09:00 and ends at 17:00, with an hour for lunch (not provided).

On day 1 we'll cover the 'left-brain' stuff. How to identify your objective and what you're trying to achieve, the best presentation structure to use, 'elevator speeches', how to write your script in a logical way so it achieves the objective, how to open and close powerfully and how to prepare powerful, effective visual aides that support you.

(At the close of day 1, there is an optional session on self-confidence. Not all delegates require this, which is why it isn't scheduled during the day but if you want to attend, you'll learn about nervousness, and what causes it. Very often the physical symptoms you associate with fear (dry throat, pale face, trembling hands, loose bowels, knocking knees) are actually the symptoms of an adrenaline rush. The mere fact of understanding this can help you use this adrenaline to your advantage. We'll also look at a number of simple exercises you can do any time you have to speak in public that will be like popping a confidence pill. These are the type of exercises you see being done with people on TV to cure them of their phobias. You'll be amazed at how effective they are.)

On day 2 it's time for the 'right-brain' content. We'll take your logical, ordered, businesslike presentation and learn how to 'spice it up'. We'll look at how to tell stories effectively, how (and when) to use humour, how to use the amazing power of rhetorical techniques, and how to create visual imagery through the words we use. Finally we'll look at delivery: body language that will make you look authoritative and confident, how to modify your voice so you use its full range and power, and how to use the incredible power of pausing, to 'slam-dunk' what you've just said into the audience's brains.

Each delegate is asked to prepare a 5-10 minute presentations before the workshop. This should be a 'typical' work-related presentation (i.e. the type of thing you might be expected to present on in your job role).

Cost / Booking

The cost is $1200 per head for a 2-day course in Canada and £750 in the UK. At the moment my Spring Promotion entitles you to $500/£250 OFF any course. Simply type 'SPRING' into the 'special comments' box on the order form to get your discount and reduce the price down to $700/£500. This includes morning/afternoon tea and coffee but not lunch.

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As most of my time is spent speaking at conferences and running in-house workshops for companies, we only have a few public workshops per year. Details for the next ones are shown below. To book a place, click on one of the cities below and you will be taken to our online booking system.

2-day courses: Apr London 2/3 Manchester 4/5 Birmingham 11/12    
  Jun London 4/5 Manchester 6/7 Birmingham 10/11    
  Sep London 3/4 Manchester 5/6 Birmingham 9/10    
  Nov London 5/6 Manchester 7/8 Birmingham 11/12    

To arrange an in-house Advanced Speaking Skills workshop for your company, contact us to discuss your requirements without obligation.

Amazing money-back guarantee

OK - I understand if you are skeptical that I can take your skills to the next level and turn you into a great presenter, and are maybe reluctant to invest in one of my seminars. So just in case you have any doubt that my Whole-Brain Presenting© class does what I claim, I want to make an unconditional, cast-iron, no-quibble guarantee. Here it is:

"I am so sure that you will feel tenfold more confident about public speaking or presenting as a result of attending that I'm willing to give you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE most speaking experts would CHOKE ON! If you don't feel you've had VALUE FOR MONEY, just say so and I'LL REFUND IT IMMEDIATELY! You won't have to explain why you feel that way and I won't even try to change your mind. YOU will be the sole judge of value. AT ANY TIME (even if it's in 10 years' time) you can choose to ask for your money back. Either you'll get value for money (which is great), or you'll get a refund. So there really is no risk, or reason not to INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE"

Click here to hear the guarantee from Nick IN PERSON

Why am I willing to do this? Well, firstly, I've aimed my guarantee at the 99% of people out there who are honest, not the 1% who are dishonest and will take advantage of my generosity.

Secondly, I'm confident in what I can offer. I've offered this guarantee to everyone who's ever booked me to speak at a conference because I know I can deliver, and have never had one person take me up on it.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the seminars,


P.S. As you re-read the above, you may begin to wonder whether this is really too good to be true, or think that it might work for others but not for you. I assure you that the ability to Speak Like A Pro © can be learned! I think you'll find that you'll be amazed at the progress you will make in just one day.

P.P.S. My cast-iron money-back guarantee means you have nothing to lose; if you don't feel your presenting ability has dramatically improved, just tell me and I'll refund your money, no questions asked! This is a LIFETIME guarantee!

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