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Public speaking masterclass

Wednesday March 13 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Members – £250+VAT         Non-members – £450+VAT

This half-day intensive workshop provides a public speaking masterclass specifically tailored to those having to speak or present in think tanks. It will be a highly-interactive session giving you the opportunity to practise speaking in public with individual feedback on areas to improve.

The training has been designed to cover the likely scenarios where think tankers have to speak in public and therefore aims to equip you with the skills to prepare to speak publicly, how to conquer nerves and how to deal with situations as they arise.

To increase the effectiveness of the training, participants will be asked to send through a piece of research they are likely to have to present on in the future so that they can really benefit from the practical, interactive elements.

Workshop outline

9.30am: Introductions

        • Participants’ previous experience
        • Confirm participants’ aims and objectives for the session

9.45am: Warm up exercise

        • Participants deliver a one minute presentation on a non-work related subject.
        • This is reviewed by the tutor and the participants to identify what makes a good presentation.

10.15am: Content

        • Content checklist
        • Structure and flow
        • Creating an attention-grabbing opening
        • Storytelling techniques
        • Choosing the right language

10.30am: Participants apply these techniques to the subjects they have brought for their presentations

10.45am: Participants share the above with the group

      • Feedback and advice from the tutor and the rest of the group

11.00am: Break

11.15am: Delivery

        • Vocal skills
        • Body language – how to stand/sit, using a lectern and a mic
        • Owning the space
        • TV presenters’ techniques

11.30am: Delivering the presentation

        • Participants deliver the opening, a key section and the closing of their presentation
        • This is filmed and played back for discussion and analysis
        • Feedback and recommendations by the tutor with input from the group

12.45pm: Managing panel discussions

        • Tips and advice

1.15pm: Practice Q&A session, putting the above in practice

1.45pm: Final discussions and wrap up

        • Ensure that the participants’ aims and objectives have been met

2pm: Close


Simon Brooke has 25 years’ experience in communications training and development. He is a media interview and presentation coach, as well as teaching both presentation writing and delivery. He is also a freelance journalist and editor working for most national newspapers as well as various specialist publications on subjects ranging from travel, business and management to marketing, education, the environment and property. Simon has over 17 years media coaching experience, having worked for a wide variety of blue chip clients including Visa, British Airways, RBS, PwC and EDF Energy. As Head of Broadcasting at the Conservative Party, Simon trained senior politicians to appear on television and radio and to handle media interviews.

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*Your organisation will not be invoiced until your place is confirmed.


Wednesday March 13
9:30 am - 2:00 pm


Kings Building, 16 Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HQ
16 Smith Square
London, SW1P 3HQ
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