Public Speaking & Presentation Skills

This workshop is designed to push people outside their areas of comfort and explore being more adventurous in their wording and more passionate in their delivery, whilst being concise and congruent when getting to the heart of what they do.


All of this ties together with physiology, the combination of our words our actions and our attitudes, put simply, the way we speak and the way we move.


In the session, I draw on my experience training with Dr Rich Allen in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and America. Dr Rich Allens work is grounded in accelerated brain-based adult learning, fundamentally, how the brain receives, processes, stories and recalls information.


Each participant is invited to craft a thirty-second pitch that they deliver to a small group, gather feedback, refine and then redeliver. 


I run the session with an increased delivery element were the participants deliver with more power, more gesture, more of everything. They get to push past their own areas of comfort to discover that they can be more assertive in speaking confidently about themselves and what they do. 


Participants will come away with a personally developed pitch that will capture and engage, and best of all they will feel great delivering it. 


The pitch coaching work I do is usually with individuals or groups asking for at least a half a million dollars from strangers within a 5-7 minute presentation, they have to get it right the first time and so do you and your team.


  • 2 questions for identifying outcomes as a speaker

  • Script development

  • Learning to time your talks

  • Delivery and group feedback

  • Refinement of script

  • Levels of delivery; x2, x4, x6

  • Video final level of delivery

  • Effective use of feet, hands, and face

  • Review and debrief experience and learnings


All participants will receive a speaker’s resource at the end of the workshop.



  • Write a powerful script that aligns to the 2 questions for identifying speaker outcomes

  • Time their talks, stick to their time and regulate their speaking pace

  • Influence and persuade through cohesive and compelling design and delivery of their talks

  • Receive and implement developmental feedback

  • Examine their delivery style and uncover areas for improvement

  • Exude confidence in design, development and delivery of key messages



All participants need to identify a topic that they would like to practice. Below are some topics to consider:

• Celebratory video testimonial for work done well by colleagues or suppliers or a thank you video

• Upcoming meeting where you’re sharing information or presenting

• A talk that you are delivering externally or internally

• Specialist topic that only you do at work

• Project updates or summary


The easiest way to find out if public speaking & presentation skills workshop is something you would benefit from is to get in touch.

Ron Boskell, Chair of The Executive Connection, Christchurch

Michael recently presented his very special 90-min Small Group Coaching session to our members of The Executive Connection, Christchurch.


Each of our members had past experiences over the years of this type of presentation, but this was different…very different!


Each member was engaged throughout due to the style of Michael’s presentation. Before we knew it, we were composing our ‘speech’, then delivering to small groups in many different ways and finally we were videoed (on our phones) with great take-away value.


One of the elements within The Executive Connection is ACCOUNTABILITY; hence everything we do…we measure, and that includes how we each rate our presenters. In Michael’s case, his presentation was the best and strongest 90-minute workshop we have experienced; his scores were the highest ever recorded by the group with an average score of 9.75+ across the following:

  • Presentation content (1-10): 9.75

  • Speakers delivery (1-10): 10.0

  • Take-away value (1-10): 10.0

  • Degree of relevance to you (1-10): 9.5


If you have read this far, and if you have people on your team who are presenting your business to clients or a large team that they will address on a business matter, this presentation will not fail to see immediate personal growth and the recognition of how important this part of being a leader is to your business.

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