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The Skillstudio training concept was established early in 2000 by Liz Banks and Martin MacLeod.

It was very clear to both of them that in this 21st century age of computerisation, globalisation and rapid business reorganisation, that highly effective personal communication skills were still an absolute requirement for success in almost all aspects of business life.

Liz’s career began in the performing arts industry. In addition to her business training experience, she is a qualified teacher and a trained classical dancer and actor. Liz brings with her over 20 years training experience in drama, presentation skills, communications skills and vocal development.

A unique combination

Liz Banks - Skillstudio

It was Liz's unique combination of experience that has led to Skillstudio's use of many new training techniques that over the past eight years have been proven to work time and time again.

As a result, Skillstudio has now built up an exemplary record for training and coaching people at all levels in many aspects of personal communication. From business presenting and public speaking through to confidence building, vocal development, elocution and accent softening.

Being a specialist training company, we eat, drink and breathe presentation and communication skills training. We are passionate about drawing out the best in people. Skillstudio promotes equality of opportunity in all of its training programmes. Our vision is that the workshop training should provide each delegate with the ability to fulfil their potential and to have their contributions equally valued and respected.

Maximising the impact of the individual

We focus on maximising the impact of the individual. Our training techniques are innovative yet very practical, utilising many, highly effective drama techniques that have been adapted pragmatically for the business environment.

Our workshops provide a unique learning experience in a supportive environment. Participants build up their self-confidence and learn new empowering techniques as they experiment, discuss and participate in a variety of practical activities.

From "petrified" to "empowered" in just one day

Absolute beginners, who initially are often petrified at the very thought of standing up in front of an audience, end up feeling "empowered" by the end of just one day on our First Presentation Skills workshop. People with some experience of presenting leave our Effective Presentation Skills course with added confidence, a new set of skills and the prospect of having much greater impact on their audience back at work. And highly experienced presenters come away from our two day Powerful Presentation Skills workshops energised, ready to put more power into their presentation delivery and with a realisation that even they have improved considerably as a result of the expert tuition and constructive criticism received on the course.

So what have some previous course attendees said about us?

Client Testimonial

"I found the course extremely useful and the skills learnt invaluable.

... My other delegates were equally impressed as I was with your depth, knowledge and ability to explain complex issues ... Thank you again for your genuine efforts and time spent."

National Volunteer Coordinator
British Heart Foundation

... more testimonials

Training throughout the UK and in Europe too

From our original base in London, our public workshops now run regularly in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow & Edinburgh and our in-company workshops take place throughout the UK and Europe. In addition, we offer one to one coaching in public speaking, voice coaching, presentation skills, communication skills and interview technique.

As Skillstudio has grown, so have our trainers. Over this time, they have worked with several thousand people from hundreds of companies and organisations throughout the UK and Europe.These organisations have ranged from FTSE 100 and International Blue Chip companies through to SME's; Central Government bodies through to local borough and county councils; schools; colleges; universities; hospitals; and charities. In addition, we have worked with numerous private individuals on a one to one basis and via our public courses.

Passionate about helping you exceed your expectations

In addition to being highly experienced and effective coaches, all our trainers have something else in common. They are all passionate about helping people exceed their expectations. They are there to ensure that all delegates leave our workshops not only with a confidence that is empowering but with a confidence that is built on a solid foundation of newly developed skills that will endure and help take them to the next stage (and beyond) in their personal development.

And as our trainers also have a great sense of humour, they will ensure that the workshop experience is as energetic and lively as it is rewarding.

View our training in more detail

First Level Presentation Skills / Public Speaking Training for people who have little or no experience of presenting or speaking in public and who need to take the plunge.

Intermediate Level Presentation Skills / Public Speaking Training for people with some experience who now want to improve their confidence and delivery skills.

Advanced Level Presentation Skills / Public Speaking Training for those with more experience who want to fine tune their delivery style and speak with more power & conviction.

Effective Communications Skills Training for people who want to make more of an personal impact at work.

One to One Coaching in presentation skills; communication skills; interview technique, vocal skills, elocution and accent softening.



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Training courses quick links

Presentation Skills & Public Speaking

 » Public Courses: Presentation Skills Courses (Foundation) · Presentation Skills Course (Intermediate)
                                · Presentation Skills Training (Advanced)

 » In-house Training: All levels

 » One-to-one Coaching: All levels

Other training offered

 » Public Courses: Communication Skills · Job Interview Skills · Media Skills Training
                                  Vocal Impact · Body Language

 » In-house Training: Off the shelf courses · Tailored training · Fully bespoke training

 » One-to-one Coaching: Communication Skills · Job Interview Skills · Media Coaching
                                             Vocal Technique · Accent Softening

Training by Location

Presentation skills training London · Public speaking courses in London

Presentation skills training Birmingham · Public speaking courses in Birmingham

Presentation skills training Manchester · Public speaking courses in Manchester

Presentation skills training in Leeds · Public speaking courses in Leeds

Presentation skills training in Glasgow · Public speaking courses in Glasgow

Presentation skills training Edinburgh · Public speaking courses in Edinburgh

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