Overcome Fear and Present with Confidence on one of our First Presentation Skills Courses

Liz Banks - Skillstudio

Hi there, I'm Liz Banks. Many people come on our First Presentation Skills courses to overcome their fear of presenting.

They use phrases like:-

terrified very nervous anxiety attacks
throat dries up avoid it at all costs afraid
get panic attacks shake like a leaf voice goes

to describe how they feel about the prospect of speaking in public ... when they arrive.

And have you ever felt like this as well?

But you can go from "Terrified" to "Confident" in just one day!

We know that it's quite natural for you to feel very nervous or even terrified when presenting for the first time.

So we'll help you conquer your fears using some very effective, practical techniques which you'll learn on our one-day workshop.

And, if like many, you felt worried before the course, by the end of the day, you'll be overjoyed that you have actually managed to control your nerves, stand up in front of an audience and successfully deliver a presentation.

As one scientist from the Health Protection Agency rejoiced, "The impossible has been achieved.”

First Presentation Skills - confident presenting in just one day

Our one-day public and in-house First Presentation Skills workshop is ideal for you if you currently have little or no experience of public speaking but expect to take the plunge soon.

With a maximum of 8 people on the workshop you'll get lots of help and personal coaching from your expert trainer.

In just one day you'll

  • Have taken the first steps to becoming a good presenter
  • Be able to control nerves and deal with common fears
  • Be able to speak more confidently in front of an audience
  • Know how to develop ideas for a presentation
  • Know how to plan and structure a presentation and
  • Have enjoyed the experience!

You'll leave the workshop with your own personal development plan and a toolkit of techniques to turn that plan into action. You will also leave the workshop with a buzz and a great sense of achievement.

Our public workshops take place throughout the year in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow & Edinburgh. (See our calendar further down this page for workshop dates.)

And you can book your place on a workshop for just £397 + VAT (£476.40 including VAT).

Special Offer Prices on selected course dates

Some of our scheduled courses currently have special discounts available.

Click here for more details of these special offers.

You'll enjoy the unique learning experience

Our trainers use a wide range of practical, enjoyable, tried and tested approaches to bring out the best in you. So you'll find your workshop highly interactive, supportive and fun. You will quickly build your confidence as you experiment and learn.

You'll learn a number of simple practical techniques to help you relax when under pressure and to take control of your nervous energy before you present.

You'll learn voice exercises to help build vocal confidence. And as your trainer is also a voice coach they will provide you with the personal coaching you need to succeed.

Your trainer will have a strong background in drama. So they are expert in helping you to use body language to develop a stronger more confident presence.

You'll be surprised at how much you can progress during our one day of intensive training.

What does the course actually cover?


  • Building group rapport
  • Warm up exercises

Introduction to presenting

  • Good & bad habits
  • Dealing with common fears

Preparing to speak

  • Dealing with nerves
  • Building self confidence
  • Creating a confident impression

Presentation Delivery Skills

  • Improving your voice
  • Speaking with confidence
  • Using confident body language

Planning the Presentation or Speech

  • The key elements to good structure
  • Defining your purpose
  • Making a strong opening
  • Selecting key points
  • Knowing your Audience
  • Closing effectively

Presentation Practice

  • Delivering a short presentation
  • Evaluating presentations

General feedback session

  • Individual evaluations by course tutor
  • Personal action plans
  • End of course evaluations

You'll carry on learning after the course

During the workshop we'll give you a course manual full of practical advice and further information to help you consolidate what you've just learned.

Each course comes with a FREE Follow up Service by telephone or email . If you have any questions you'd like to ask about a forthcoming presentation simply email or call us and we'll do our best to help.

So we will continue to help you develop your presentation skills even after the course has completed!

Want to take the next step and book your place?

Why not take the next step today and book your place on one of our public workshops.

Our one-day public courses are competitively priced at £397 + VAT (£476.40 including VAT) per delegate, which includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch on the day.
Liz Banks - Skillstudio

Our public training courses take place throughout the year in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow & Edinburgh.

Check out the calendar below for all our scheduled dates. (If there are no course dates listed you can call us on +44 (0)8456 444 150 or Email us at public@skillstudio.co.uk

Save money with our SPECIAL Offers

Some of our scheduled courses have special offer prices - and are listed in the table below.

If you'd like to book at the special offer price, click on the Book Nowbutton below and you'll then be taken to our online booking form - with your course discount already applied.

 Workshop Location

 Start Date

 Normal Price*

Special Offer*  

(*All prices quoted above exclude VAT.)

Click here for offer terms and conditions and details of other special offers available for courses not listed above.

Public Workshop Calendar

To book your place on any of these courses, simply click on one of the dates in the calendar below and you'll then be taken to our online booking system.

(To take advantage of any of the special offers above please remember to use the relevantBook Nowbutton.)

Consistent, high quality training that really works

Client Testimonials

"It was relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the workshop - but was pleasantly surprised by constructive feedback I received - I think it has been of great benefit to me. Was a great confidence booster!"
ISG plc

"Good constructive feedback, pace was very manageable. Given good time to practise and ‘breathe’. Helen was very good and enjoyable to listen to."
Brent Knoll School

"It was very useful to learn more about the physical aspects of presenting, particularly the influence of breathing. It was also invaluable to go over structuring a real presentation, doing the presentation and getting trainer and peer feedback."
National Archives

"I was a bit sceptical as to how one day training could help but this course today made me appreciate the value of training."

"Excellent - Practice sessions where you put theory into practice. One of the most useful courses I’ve ever taken."
Postwatch Scotland

"Great hands on training. Very engaging. Amazing how much you can learn in one day.

"Good information and well run course."
Arbuthnot Securities

"Gained a lot more confidence and now able to manage nerves better to become a more effective speaker.

"A great workshop - I’m sure I will find this really useful. Lots of useful techniques and information."
The National Archives

"Very useful techniques - will enable me to undertake presentations to a very high standard. The trainer, Mike, was brilliant, a great pleasure to meet him."
Help the Aged

"The format of the day was logical and well presented. An easy to learn and enjoyable course. Very good an experience well worth undergoing."
West Yorkshire Police

"A great teacher, very professional, interesting and made contact with everyone. Active and positive approach from the start of the day."

"Liked the fact that it took into account peoples needs and didn’t follow a strict format. Catered for individuals as well as the group."
HH Associates

"I feel enlightened and positive (more so) about my presentation future. The feedback gave me some real insight into my skill as a presenter that was inspiring. Great course, I was better than I thought and have clear areas to work on.

"Very clearly presented! Constructive feedback, good advice and very encouraging. Good boost to self esteem knowing I now have the basics.

"David made me very relaxed from the beginning which gave me the confidence in myself and the course."
SCA Hygiene Products UK

"Felt at ease and not overly self-conscious, realised that I wasn’t the only one who hated speaking in public and actually it is a very common and acceptable fear. Excellent, thank you!"

... more testimonials

Further questions before making a decision?

If there’s anything else you'd like to ask, we'd be more than happy to answer your questions via telephone or email. So get in touch today.

Telephone:- +44 (0)8456 444 150

Email:- public@skillstudio.co.uk

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Interested in some in-company training?

Our in-company one-day course (anywhere in the UK) costs from just £1590 + VAT and expenses for up to 8 delegates.

Call us on +44 (0)8456 444 150 or email us at inhouse@skillstudio.co.uk to check availability and to discuss things further.

And remember, all our in-house courses can be tailored to exactly what you need.

Do you have friends or colleagues who might be interested?

If you have friends or colleagues who might want to improve their presenting or public speaking skills, then click here to let them know about us.

You too can become a more confident presenter - with our help

Client Testimonial

"Before I came here I thought there was nothing you could do “to stop me from freaking” But you did!!! I look forward to my first presentation in front of a real audience..."

KD (private booking)

... more testimonials

So if you really want to become a successful presenter ...

We know we can help you:-

Liz Banks - Skillstudio

So book your place today ...

To book your place, simply click here and you'll be taken back to our calendar of dates.

Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)8456 444 150

or email us at: public@skillstudio.co.uk

Speak to you soon.

Like to subscribe to our FREE Presentation Skills eCourse as well?

Like some free help today with your presentation skills?

OK, so it's not quite the same as getting expert personal help, but over the next few weeks our eCourse can help you:

  • Control your nerves better;
  • Structure a presentation to help your audience remember more; and
  • Deliver your next presentation more successfully.

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