Duration: 2.5 hours per session
Length of course: 5 weeks
Dates/times of next course:
Wednesday nights 6.45 – 9.15 pm starting mid/late October – dates to be confirmed by end of August
OR Friday mornings 9.30am – 12 noon starting mid/late October – dates to be confirmed by end of August
If you have to miss a session, I offer a private catch-up. You can also join the other group during the same week if you need to.
- One payment of $1,089 incl. GST OR
- 4 monthly instalments of $273 incl. GST
- COURSE BONUS: join this course and receive my new online course ‘How to Become a Confident Public Speaker’ absolutely FREE. Nearly 6 hours of video content and worksheets – sells for $US197.Location: Quest Apartments, Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert (near Box Hill), Melbourne.Number of participants: 6 – 9
5 Week Complete Presentation Skills Course Melbourne: learn a solid, step-by-step system to overcome any fears and become a confident, engaging and clear presenter.
Positively change how you feel about public speaking, and learn every foundational skill you could ever need! This ‘fundamentals’ course will give you different, proven tools to manage your speaking fears, as well as all the basics of good presenting.
You’ll have less stress, less wasted time and energy – and greater job satisfaction and peace of mind.
Come along with your own prepared speech each session so you can practise and be coached on what’s most important to you. Extend your comfort zone in a safe space where you can try the new, proven techniques – and receive feedback, encouragement and support. You’ll also be recorded on video each week and the video sent to you after each session.
This course uses a mix of teaching, discussion and practical participation. You’ll also get a comprehensive workbook. This workbook includes some of the latest research from the fields of neuroscience, mindfulness, and presentation and communication skills.
Who it’s for:
This course is perfect for you if you need to speak at work, or in your own business – you may need to speak up in meetings, present more formally or conduct interviews – and are either reluctant, or simply not as engaging and confident as you would like to be. You will get used to presenting each week in highly supportive surroundings.
If English is your second language, you’re also very welcome to join the course.
“There are one hundred different reasons for doing this course and Sarah seems to know them all and kindly deal with them. The way she builds self-confidence in everyone is fantastic. Plus being able to think and structure in a clear way” – Anne Skinner, Paralympian and Woman of Steel, ABC TV’s Australian Story
“I was able to get my confidence back using techniques suggested by Sarah. Do this course if you want to overcome your public speaking demons. I have attended many such courses over the years, however, none of them come close to the effectiveness of Sarah’s course. Sarah is awesome! A great coach, full of encouragement and a calming influence. Her course is great, so are her techniques. Thank you Sarah” – AV Narayanan, Unified Communications & Collaboration Sales Specialist Telstra
“This is without doubt the best presentation skills or public speaking course that I have done. I’m regularly involved in presenting and facilitating in my business, and yet, I have learned things during this course that I have not come across before…” Jenny Hanley, Consultant.
“The Complete Presentation Skills course is not only an excellent grounding in public speaking, it is a transforming experience….” Gavin Ackerly ASRC
“I gained confidence throughout. I loved the tone and supportiveness of the course. Liked the balance between skills and dealing with some of the internal/psychological issues around public speaking. Felt my confidence and clarity grow week by week…” Tanya Wolkenberg Heritage Victoria
“I actually love being in front of the crowd now – not something I could ever have imagined!”… Alison Jeanne, Healthscope
“The course gave me perspective, confidence and feedback on how we are perceived. Sarah was very good, inviting. It was really beneficial for everyday social interactions and work/study environments” – Andrew Monte, Audio Engineer
More client comments further down the page.
What you’ll learn:
This course divides into 4 main modules:
1. Overcoming your fears and learning how to become more confident and comfortable
- The 9 main causes of public speaking fear, and exactly what to do about them. This clarity alone can mean a positive, big shift in your approach to speaking
- The 4 things you absolutely must do in order to be competent and coherent ‘in the spotlight’
- Specific physical tools to gain mind and body calmness and control
- New, transformational ways of thinking to control your speaking fears (and it’s not positive thinking)
2. Delivering with impact and creating high audience engagement
- Learn conversational, unique-to-you ways to deliver your talks
- You get the opportunity each week for impromptu and prepared speaking and you’ll receive tailored, practical feedback for real-time improvement
- The different forms of language to use for specific audiences
- How to keep your audience interested, using tools from up-to-date research on motivation, attention and engagement when communicating with a group
- Using vocal variety
- The two vital E’s of good presenting
3. Managing your audience
- Dealing with your audience can be unpredictable and un-nerving! Learn practical ways to maintain control of the room and be on top of any audience issues which may arise
- How to cope with hecklers
- Preparing for Q and A sessions. Most people dread this: learn how to prepare for any eventuality with seamless professionalism
4. How to create and organise your content
- Time-saving templates which you can take away and use forever
- How to quickly create a crystal clear message and complete talk structure FAST. Really cut down your preparation time – especially useful tools for perfectionists/procrastinators!
- Storytelling techniques that will have your audience listening and strongly connecting with you
- Creating ‘alive’ content which engages your audience
- Ways to use humour, even if you know you’re not a naturally humorous person on stage!
- How to practise most efficiently and effectively
- Creating strong openings and closings to your speech
My story. I really struggled with being in front of an audience: firstly in my original career as a Classical pianist, and then when I started to speak in public. I was truly awful: self-conscious, shaky, sometimes incoherent…and I suffered from mind-blanks. So I decided to learn what works – initially to overcome my anxiety, and ultimately to find out how to speak with authority and presence. And I’m not special: I just learned the tools and practised them. You can do this too.
Course Uniqueness. All of this took me years to learn; get the shortcut and come along to 5 sessions and implement this valuable information. Learn through spaced repetition, which is how our brains learn best. You won’t find this anywhere else! I’m beside you all the way with email and phone support, because I’m totally committed to your success.
Plus there’s my 100% money back guarantee. If the course isn’t for you, ask for your money back after the 1st session, no questions asked.
You can become a more confident, clear, connected and engaging speaker. Book now for the Complete Presentation Skills Course Melbourne by clicking on the full payment or 4 instalment buttons at the top or bottom of this page. I look forward to working with you.
Read what some recent participants say about this course:
“Before I met Sarah I had actively avoided any opportunity to present to more than a handful of people and only then under duress. Sarah was highly effective in building my confidence and helping me to let go of my inner (sabotaging) belief that I cannot be a good speaker (with time, focus and practice). I have learnt so much from Sarah about how to manage my nerves and prepare myself psychologically for delivering engaging presentations. I’ve also learnt how to structure my presentations so they are clear for the listener, use vocal variety effectively, how to practice effectively, stand and use gestures. Sarah is an amazing teacher and I can’t recommend her coaching – and course – highly enough.” – Melanie Frok, Change Management & Employee Engagement Strategist
“Sarah is one of those rare breed of people who immediately puts people at ease and seems to have an infinite amount of patience and care. Her work in helping me understand strategies in dealing with anxiety and structuring the delivery of a presentation last year has been extremely helpful. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah as a personal coach, trainer or as an inspirational speaker in any of your business or personal events.” – Michael Chan, Technology Professional
“I have done numerous presentation skills courses prior to this one, and I’ve never found a presenter who has managed to get the (admittedly tricky) balance right between being constructive and supportive, and also between pointing out areas in need of work and providing tangible means to overcome/improve in those areas. Until now. I couldn’t think of a better delivery and style than yours, Sarah. You manage to do all of the above – be incredibly supportive, and yet offer constructive feedback and provide actual ways to deal with the areas in need of improvement. You’re like a counsellor and presentation skills facilitator rolled into one!
Course uniqueness? The focus on dealing with nerves. Other courses I have attended focused on structure and delivery (i.e. voice projection, stance, etc), but didn’t cover adequately how to manage nerves. All the training in the world on structure and delivery won’t help people to improve if nerves are an issue (in my opinion).
You’re not going to find a more supportive place to improve your public speaking skills. And, if someone is particularly nervous about public speaking, then I think they should force themselves to go to this course, because if they can just get themselves to the first session, I think there is no way they would regret it.
I have been terrified of public speaking since my high school days. My fear was so debilitating that I chose to avoid it where possible (limiting my career progression in the process). When I couldn’t avoid it, I would get so nervous that the end result would be a terrible performance, and I would often end up in tears afterwards. This year, I decided I had had enough. I had finally found a job that I absolutely loved doing, but it required that I be able to speak up in meetings and present on regular occasions. I did some googling and found Sarah, and I am so grateful I did. I did two one-on-one sessions and then joined a five-week course. My expectations weren’t high – I had done several presentation skills courses before, and none had helped. This one, however, was different. In five weeks, I have gone from thinking ‘I will never be able to do this’, to ‘I know I can do this’. I even actually found myself enjoying giving my presentations in the final two weeks of the course, something I never could have previously imagined. In addition to managing nerves, I learned valuable information about structure and delivery that I can immediately apply in my work. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their public speaking.” – Megan, MCRI
“The Complete Presentation Skills course is not only an excellent grounding in public speaking, it is a transforming experience. Sarah has a particular style that is both supportive and honest. She manages to ignite confidence in the most anxious of public speakers. It was great seeing everyone in the course come so far in just 5 sessions. If you want what it takes to be a strong public speaker, this course is a great place to start. I believe the supportive and encouraging environment was one of the highlights of the course. I always felt that I could take the risk and try out new stuff. It was also good to know that Sarah had gone through the same anxiety about public speaking before turning it around. It gave me confidence that good public speaking was possible for everyone.” – Gavin Ackerly, Director Empowerment Pillar ASRC
“Sarah makes public speaking fun – everyone can do it – she is very professional, approachable, supportive; it’s been a wonderful experience. It’s human – real – real content for real people.” – Raine Forrest, Telstra
“I really enjoyed Sarah’s course. Learning the different structures and intricacies in public speaking is invaluable in my opinion. The best part of the course was practising 3 – 4 minute speeches each class. Sarah was great at providing constructive criticism within a safe environment. I highly recommend her courses.” – Chris Jovanov, Creative Director at Clemenger BBDO
“Sarah’s course was rewarding, enjoyable and great for making improvements” – Ben Hutton, magician
“Sarah’s course is relaxed, supportive, informative, and gives quick wins – walk away and start speaking!” – Adrian Jablonowski, National Account Manager at Recall
“Friendly, welcoming environment – not intimidating. So informative; great notes. Sarah is calm, engaging, funny; very good with constructive criticism, really wants to help you and that comes across.” – Mandy Kelley, Manager HMH chartered accountants
“To be honest, I was at first really skeptical whether this course would help me. But the transformation in me has been amazing! I feel so empowered now, and ‘pumped’ to keep consolidating the new skills I have been taught. I have already been recommending Sarah to friends and family. I say: “give it a go! You will be amazed at what you’ll achieve. I am proof of it!!” Sarah was brilliant. She genuinely wants to help and make everyone believe that they can overcome their fear of public speaking – Sarah listens with her heart!” – Mai Chow, Melbourne
“This is without doubt the best presentation skills or public speaking course that I have done. I’m regularly involved in presenting and facilitating in my business, and yet, I have learned things during this course that I have not come across before, particularly with regard to what’s happening in your mind when you present and how fear and anxiety can affect your performance. The tips and techniques that Sarah uses to help you overcome these will be invaluable. I would recommend the course to everyone who wants to build their confidence.” – Jenny Hanley, Principal Consultant Optimas Consulting
“I never thought I would look forward to a course where I would have to speak in public each week, but this course was so interesting and helpful I did look forward to it! It can really actually improve your public speaking a lot!” – Angela Constantine, DPI Vic. Government Melbourne
“I gained confidence throughout. I loved the tone and supportiveness of the course. Liked the balance between skills and dealing with some of the internal/psychological issues around public speaking. Felt my confidence and clarity grow week by week. Sarah was direct, no nonsense but also very gentle and kind. A great combination! I loved her authenticity and way of being. About the course: I’d tell people how transformative it is, how much I watched myself and everybody else blossom through your guidance. I liked the 5 week format.” – Tanya Wolkenberg, Heritage Victoria
“Sarah runs a very effective public speaking course. The course she runs provides a relaxed environment but she is not afraid to provide frank feedback on your speaking/presentation skills whilst enabling you to find your own personal style. Her course is well organised and Sarah’s own experience of overcoming anxiety makes her authentic and passionate.
I got considerable benefit from completing this course and highly recommend it to anyone.” – Richard Lawrence, Head of Relationships and Analytics at AFM Investment Partners
“Learning from Sarah has really helped me combat the fears of public speaking. She was highly professional, innovative and took the time to personally help each student with their individual difficulties. She’s personable, expert and gets great results”. – Michael Lipstine, Senior Accountant CHN Herold Ross
“Course uniqueness: it feels personal and very non-judgemental; you’re made to feel comfortable. I always enjoy being here even after a long day at work. Sarah was very engaging and easy to listen to. A boost to confidence” – Angela Kenny, accountant and Pilates instructor
“Course benefits and uniqueness: the course was amazing and I developed and learnt the skills that I can continue to use and master in the future. I feel there is no need for course improvement – it was perfect for me! A comfortable environment where you could face fears and overcome them, with positive criticism. Videoing of the speeches and incorporating mindfulness with other methods to overcome fears allowed you to focus on where to improve giving you greater insight into your abilities. Sarah was very clear, interesting and relevant. The course increases your confidence in everyday life. You learn to present more clearly and with greater confidence in day-to-day conversation with both strangers and friends.” – Clare Hassett, photographer
“I thoroughly enjoyed this course and think one of the greatest benefits was the increased confidence I have experienced from attending. Both personal confidence and confidence in my presentation skills. Also, all the skills that I have learnt were fantastic and I can use them to improve my presentations. Sarah was terrific. She is such a wonderful teacher. Fantastic personality and delivery of the material was perfect. 5 week format allowed me time to relax and apply the skills.” – Lisa, Australian Accounting Standards Board
“As a professional I am required to present information clearly and effectively to both large and small groups of people. Public speaking is not something that I have ever enjoyed or been particularly good at, so I was looking for a course that could give me the skills and techniques to be a comfortable more confident public speaker. Sarah’s course is concise and well considered, each week we were provided with a suite of physical and mental techniques. The most important aspect of the course was every week we were provided with the opportunity to practice our new techniques in a safe environment. If you are looking to improve your public speaking, taking one of Sarah’s courses would be a highly worth-while investment, one that I was very pleased that I made.” Stephen Coulter, Project Engineer
“Greatest benefits? Increased confidence – not just in public speaking! Sarah was amazing – fantastic knowledge, friendly, supportive. Group setting is really supportive. If only we were made of money and could continue meeting, developing, practising. It’s been an amazing course. I’m so grateful I found you Sarah, you have changed my life really; general increase in confidence! – Rhiannon Porter, teacher and Educational Consultant
“Sarah’s public speaking course was very professionally run. Sarah created fun and relaxed atmosphere where all participants felt comfortable and were able to improve their public speaking skills dramatically in a very short period of time. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who wants to become a more engaging public speaker.” Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert – Dasha Bartikova
“Course benefits: working with people at the same level – common goals; pressure-free environment. Very good exercises to support delivery, good use of techniques for preparing for a speech. Sarah’s style: excellent, well-delivered, supportive, confronting but also constructive. A warm, friendly course with important technical skills/techniques which were well explained and can be used effectively outside the classroom. Point of difference: not a strong corporate/business focus which is what a lot of public speaking courses seem to emphasise. A great introductory point for all levels. I would have been comfortable with longer sessions or course length” – Ben Fraser, Act for Peace Team Manager
“I found myself at a loss for quite some time because I didn’t know who to turn to for help with public speaking anxiety. THANK GOD I found Sarah! Sarah’s workshops are non-stressful, friendly and packed with so much useful information both on an educational level, as well as one of personal growth. I’ve learned to overcome my fears and channel my nerves into energy for my presentations and I now look to, and get excited about, taking the stage. Thank you Sarah for all of your support.” Kate Raptopoulos, hairdresser
“What made a difference? The fact that we could meet 5 times and have so many opportunities to speak in a safe, comfortable environment: you don’t just sit there listening to speeches, you can get involved and have a turn! Helpful tips, Sarah was open, friendly, gave real life examples and engaged us without making it long-winded. I would love to do a Part 2 of another 5 weeks or more.” – Shreya Hegde, Unit Pricing Analyst at NAB.
“If I found any of my friends or family had difficulty or lacked confidence speaking publicly and wanted to improve, I would definitely recommend this course on the basis of the confidence it provides, as well as many of the subtle techniques it provides to combat anxiety as well as structuring and present material.” – Matt Linklater, commerce/arts student
“This is a great course, you’ll feel comfortable and don’t need to be scared or worried. It will help you gain confidence and 5 weeks is just the right amount of time. I’m hooked, I’d do another 5 weeks of this. I like your style, you make me feel good :)” – Claudia Cepin, Senior graphic/UI/ web designer
“A course that will provide you with new skills and techniques to improve your confidence and ability; Sarah is professional, knowledgeable, very easy going, supportive – and also gives constructive feedback.” – Peter Horigan, The Warranty Group
“Sarah runs a very professional public speaking course – which I highly recommend. She is very personable and provides a great environment to improve your public speaking skills. There are invaluable tips & tricks to take away. Since working with Sara I have found the confidence to present to a large audience. Thanks Sarah our 5 weeks together has been invaluable.” – Sonia McKertish, National Channel Manager at Singtel Optus
“This course’s greatest benefits were a forum to practice, and to learn from others. Sarah was very good, inclusive and personal. I’d recommend this course to others for the structure and content, and it’s the perfect forum to control and learn about key issues holding you back from public speaking.” – Greg Morgan, Award-winning Director, Producer, Cameraman; keynote speaker on video storytelling
“Greatest benefits of the course? That there are tools and techniques to be used – that DO make an effective difference – I also feel it has made me aware of how I approach many aspects of my life. Sarah was really good – authoritative but warm and encouraging. I would tell others that you can learn to control your natural inclinations. Also that we all have different strengths and weaknesses and that there is not one right path.” – Julie Vine, Foodbank Victoria
“Course structure is easy to bite, but just challenging enough; safe space to learn. Benefits: structures to use; personal coaching to improve; Sarah’s understanding of the science behind public speaking; videos excellent for reflection. Sarah’s style: warm, confident, knowledgeable down-to-earth, grounded and knows her stuff. An excellent role model. That you are a natural introvert is to our benefit as people don’t see seem outlandish performer and wonder ‘how the hell can I…?’ Her own story is proof. Everyone on the course improved over the 5 weeks while still maintaining their personal style.” – Ann Bolch, freelance writer, editor
“A good mix of effective (not just cerebral or theoretical) practical exercises and listening i.e. active and passive learning; ability to feel comfortable with strangers; helped to see human side of each other. Challenging but in a safe way, clear, concise, engaging both the mind and emotions and body – great use of the whole human being. Sarah is really good: warm, intelligent, clear, humorous, to the point, good ability to manage time.” – Bill Davidson, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre Community Integration and Leisure Specialist
“I learnt techniques to improve my speaking style and to structure a speech; Sarah takes something that is the fear of the majority of people and rationalises it and breaks it down into techniques to improve it.” – Jenny Ridgway, store manager Bunnings Melbourne
“Sarah created a safe, welcoming environment: she really cares about each person’s progress and wants to help – she delivers! Her style: loved it! There was no pressure to present. Friendly, not at all intimidating. The constructive feedback was very helpful and motivating, and Sarah was there to help, not judge. I can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t be willing to recommend you!!” – Georgia Radman, law student
“Working with Sarah is enlightening, thought-provoking and fun. No matter how much public speaking or presenting you have already done, she has much to offer to hone your skills and boost your confidence. Sarah’s suggestions are clear and easy to grasp yet always based of a wealth of knowledge. I’ve greatly enhanced my own confidence and clarity through working with Sarah and I would recommend her highly to anyone who is looking to improve their speaking skills.” Karen Humphreys, Head Junior Royal Northern College of Music, U.K.
“The most important part for me was the opportunity to put the skills learned during the course into practice at the following week’s session. I really enjoyed the course, and was motivated and inspired to continue improving my skills after it finished. Sarah was very supportive and the feedback was constructed and delivered in a way that could be received without provoking defensive/negative thoughts. Great quality handouts and good references for further reading on topics.” – Lisa Sandy, social worker, Melbourne
“I would highly recommend Sarah’s foundation speaking course. Sarah was great to work with and the course content was valuable, practical and easy to put into practise. The class size was small which allowed good timing for feedback and coaching as opportunities to practice – which was the most useful aspect for me. Sarah was a great teacher, very supportive and encouraging- provided good constructive feedback and next steps.
Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value.” – Karen Sue, service delivery manager Asia Pacific Kraft Foods (Mondelez International)
“The greatest benefits of the 5 week course: small group/interaction and practice. Sarah’s delivery style was very good, giving constructive feedback. The course has good material, supportive environment and covers the main points well.” – John Morris, key account manager and sales professional
“Sarah is fantastic, would highly recommend her course to help anyone with their public speaking. Her caring and thoughtful touch makes it easy to rapidly enhance skills and confidence. She’s kind hearted and made everyone feel important.” Alan Webb, Tennis Australia
“The course techniques and the facts behind the them really provides support and belief. Sarah’s training: very good – very interesting. No boring bits!” – Liam Moir, IT problem manager at Superpartners
“Greatest benefits of the course: the chance to experiment with different styles in a positive environment. Sarah always had good info to present in the right amount and provided very useful coaching tips. Great size of class, excellent ideas on structuring a presentations, the chance to use what you learned in prepared and impromptu scenario.” – Philip Moore, pharmaceutical sales Galderma
“I was able to learn and practise new skills at a pace suitable for me. Sarah had a very engaging delivery style and was a good role model. The 5 x 2.5 hours allowed measured doses of learning to be re-enforced and practised between weeks, and there was so much information that I learnt that has made me a much more confident person and speaker.” – Peter Mitchell, Senior Scientist, Acrux
“For several years I have allowed fear to dictate the direction of my life when it comes to the area of speaking in public or simply being in meetings and social settings. I understand how debilitating it can be when you feel you can’t breathe or it feels like your heart is about to jump out of your mouth and your brain has left you temporarily. I know what it feels like to stand there wishing an earthquake or tsunami would miraculously sweep you off the planet but I would really encourage anyone who is struggling in these areas to take the step and enrol in one of Sarah’s classes. Its different that any other class or self help book and I’ll tell you why…..simply….. Sarah cares!! Sarah cares because like me she knows exactly how you feel. She understands exactly how that fear grips you. She understands the hurdle you feel you have to get over and she understands the power in overcoming. That is why this course is unique. Sarah has a heart to turn your life around to be something extraordinary, and to be the confident, engaging, powerful person you were born to be. Please don’t let fear stop you from living the life you know you should. Book today.. it will change your life.” – Angela Cutting