First Words: Public Speaking for Beginners

Teaching Staff at All Levels to Connect with and Win an Audience


First Words is a two-stage workshop that ensures findings, advice and ideas are presented confidently and persuasively. The course instills simple techniques of preparation and delivery; including classical acting tips that enhance performance skills.

Live examples, group discussion and delivery of a new speech / pitch make this a practical and enjoyable course.


By the end of the First Words workshop delegates will know how to:

  • Understand the needs of any target audience
  • Structure a compelling presentation
  • Vary the narrative texture of their presentation
  • Apply the three classic rhetoric principles - ethos, logos and pathos
  • Remember key points when seemingly ‘speaking off the cuff’
  • Make the didactic, information-giving presentation enjoyable
  • Use PowerPoint as a prop - not the driver
  • Make slides look interesting, not complex or ‘busy’
  • Use their gestures, faces and voices to complement the verbal message
  • Look confident and sound confident
  • Manage adrenaline
  • Prepare for awkward questions

Course Details

Course length:
Two one-day sessions, with a break of approximately one week between sessions. Session one is a group course that focuses on presentation theory and delivery exercises; session two is a day or two half-days of one-hour one-to-one coaching sessions.
Maximum delegates:
Ten people
Course fee:
£875 for session one. Session two is charged at £100 per delegate. Travel expenses are additional.
Three hours preparation time is typically needed to produce approapriate materials for session one. This is charged at £80 per hour.


Five stars
“First Words: Public Speaking for Beginners is enjoyable and hugely informative. The personal feedback we received was excellent. We’ve already seen some great performance leaps! I’d strongly recommend this course.”

Linda Bailey, Head of Purchasing, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust

Let's Talk!

All training courses can be tailored to suit your needs. To chat through in more detail or find out any further information, give me a call on +44 (0)7973 933782 or if you prefer I can call you.

Request a call with Emma >

Cookies help us provide our services. By using this website, you accept our privacy policy  |  Accept cookies