Speaking with Confidence & Clarity

Fundamental skills for the nervous or novice presenter

This foundation-level presentation skills workshop helps participants overcome their fear of public speaking, gain self-awareness, manage their nervousness, and get their presentations started on the right foot. This workshop makes a nice addition to onboarding programs. Delivery modes include a combination of face-to-face, virtual, and on-demand.

Experience Level

Low to Medium


Duration: 1+ day
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Number of Instructors: 2
Location: Client Site & Virtual Classroom

Degree of Coaching

High: personal coaching occurs both in the classroom and in private video review after every in-class exercise

Intended For

Nervous or novice presenters

Speaking with Confidence & Clarity

Fundamental skills for the nervous or novice presenter

Throughout the class, participants apply the principles of The Orderly Conversation® to their own real-life presentations, which may be conducted in person, virtually, or in a hybrid environment.

Successful participants will learn to

  • Control their racing thoughts
  • Manage their nerves
  • Gain self-awareness
  • Engage listeners and speak with confidence
  • Communicate effectively face-to-face, virtually, and in hybrid situations
  • Frame their presentations using a simple organizational strategy
  • Introduce the presentation clearly and succinctly so that it communicates (1) purpose, (2) clear direction, (3) context, and (4) a reason to participate
  • Use virtual tools, including video, for maximum engagement
  • Answer questions with confidence
  • Set appropriate next steps

Attendees receive a copy of The Orderly Conversation: Business Presentations Redefined

“I was in your class last June, and I feel like it literally changed my entire viewpoint on presenting. I worked on the goals we set for me to work on, I read your book, and I actually just presented at a CONFERENCE last month! I don’t know if you remember, but my initial anxiety level for speaking in front of groups was like an 8/9, so this was huge for me. It’s an amazing feeling and I honestly could not have done it without your class. Thank you!!” Susanne P., Marketing Strategist, Northwestern University


Additional Post-Workshop Skill-Reinforcement Options

In addition to the skill-reinforcement resources included in eCoach, consider this option:

Manager Support Program: Managers play a critical role in helping employees apply what they learn in class to the situations they face outside of it. To help managers support the learning, and when appropriate to do so, we provide guidance for setting expectations prior to the workshop and for providing support after.

Communication Training Yields Business Results

We believe that business communication training must focus on business results: making work easier, employees more successful, workplaces more cooperative, and goals more attainable.

Getting Business Done and Growing Leadership Capability: Everything we do is designed to help people get business done and grow their capabilities. While a particular workshop may focus on a specific business goal—closing a deal, making a decision, learning something new, or gaining alignment—every workshop is designed to help the participants be more comfortable, effective, and confident communicators. When employees communicate more effectively, leadership capability increases and careers advance. This brings positive results to your team and company.

Private Coaching and Video Review: Capturing learners on video as they work on their real-life content, which is followed by private video playback and coaching, is an essential element to this training. It helps workshop participants understand their natural strengths (and weaknesses). As they grow their self-awareness, they can apply what they learn in class to the variety of situations they face outside of it.

Speaking with Confidence and Clarity is offered regularly as a public course in Chicago.

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