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Once More with Impact: becoming a confident and competent public speaker

27 Sep, 2017

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Once More with Impact: becoming a confident and competent public speaker

A ‘one day plus’* intensive workshop incorporating practical and technical training, peer supported reflection, and group coaching to help you identify and build on your presentation and public speaking style(s). Supplemented with post-event one-to-one coaching, you will develop your skill set to create greater impact in your professional practice.

To maintain the potential for significant learning and development, the programme is strictly limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Date: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Time: 9:30 – 16:30

Venue: University of Manchester, John Owens Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Prices: £295+VAT for AUA members
             £395+VAT for non-AUA members

Book this event using the link below.

“The course covered the whole presentation cycle, from designing a compelling narrative, controlling nerves, presentation delivery and even how to stand to achieve maximum impact. Kenton is a wonderful trainer.”
Gill Molyneaux, Executive Policy Officer, University of Salford

* The programme incorporates a full-day training workshop, a follow up one-to-one online coaching session, and individual access to email support. Participants’ pre-workshop thoughts, suggestions and ideas will be used to help shape and finalise the training workshop agenda.

This is a challenging programme designed to push you out of your comfort zone, while ensuring that you remain in a safe and supportive learning environment. Through facilitated guidance, you will engage in a range of theory based and practical exercises, both individually and in groups, to explore and develop various components that make up confident and competent public speaking.

Before the workshop – you will have an opportunity to share, with the facilitator, any particular issues, topics, concerns or anxieties about public speaking. The facilitator will then anonymously incorporate targeted and related learning into the workshop where possible, as well as into your one-to-one coaching session.

During the workshop – you will explore concepts of mind, message, voice, body, movement and stage, through self-reflection, peer learning, facilitated presentation, and practical exercises in order to broaden your understanding, and embed your learning into your practice. This will be a lively and practical day of training, involving fun and interactive exercises with a level of stretch and challenge designed to facilitate deep learning.

After the workshop – you will have protected and unlimited email access to the facilitator for a period of four weeks, offering the chance to further explore any learning reflections, concerns and/or issues that have arisen as a result of changes in your professional practice post the workshop. You will also have access to a one-to-one online coaching session with the facilitator (c60 minutes), to help unpack any further concerns, issues or learning, and to help identify areas for personal self-development.

“Putting myself outside of my comfort zone in a safe environment was genuinely career changing, probably life changing!”
Rachel Norton, Quality and Enhancement Officer, University of Salford

Target audience

This is an intermediate level programme, and is right for you if you want to improve your public speaking, whether that is formal presentations to an audience, asserting your views around the board table, or boosting your confidence in day-to-day professional communication. The programme will be tailored to the particular audience, however is likely to be of most value to those who are in, or aspiring to, a middle-management role* and who have some experience of formal presentation and/or contributing to meetings with more senior staff.
* We are developing an advanced level programme for more senior and/or more experienced staff

“The structure of the day and the exercises worked so well. I was left totally inspired and ready to make the leap when I get back to the office. I really benefited from both hearing people’s feedback on my performance and having the opportunity to give the others feedback too.”
Laura Baxter, Academic Quality Officer, University of Bradford


The final agenda will be developed and confirmed after direct liaison between the facilitator and participants, to ensure that the activities are best tailored to the learning objectives of those attending. An indicative programme is provided below, with additional short breaks to be included where appropriate (noting that this programme will be tailored to the specific audience).

9:30 Arrival and registration

10:00 – Introduction exercises and exploration of peer supported feedback

10:30 – Practical exercises – using the voice and the body

12:30 – Lunch

13:30 – Exploring coaching models to address anxieties

14:15 – Practical exercises – story telling

16:00 – Final reflections

16:30 – Close

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your own approach to public speaking and on your presentation style
  • Employ, and further develop, techniques to manage voice control and body message
  • Apply stage presence and control in your professional activities
  • Identify, and address, any ‘inner voice’ that limits your public speaking confidence
  • Self-identify areas for further development and improvement


You can use an AUA membership account, or a non-member account you have created in the past to make a purchase from the AUA (including bookings for UHR and ARC conferences). If you need to, you can create a new account.

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