The best public speaking training in Canberra

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Cam Sullings (at lectern) is one of Canberra’s top public speaking coaches.

Having the skills to deliver a powerful presentation that resonates with your audience or moves them to action can be critical to your personal and professional success. The problem is, most people either don’t like public speaking, aren’t very good at it – or both.

A public speaking coach, or public speaking training course, can help you speak with confidence.

But what qualities should you look for in a training provider, and where can you find the best in Canberra?

How public speaking training can help you

Gaining a basic understanding of why speaking in front of others fills you with fear is the first step in dealing with nerves and anxiety.

Once you learn why your throat goes tight, you shake uncontrollably, you feel your heart racing and your breath is so shallow that you fight just to get the words out, then you can learn and practice physical and mental techniques allowing you to manage the symptoms of stage fright.

After learning about stage fright, nervousness and anxiety you can develop other important techniques. Your style, content, body language and many other elements all go to speaking with confidence and impact. No matter what level you speak at, these elements can and should be reviewed, sharpened, and shaped every time you speak.

Knowing your audience, knowing why you are speaking and knowing what you want your audience to learn or take away is also critical to delivering a powerful and resonating presentation.

Speaking to an audience gives you the opportunity to enhance your personal or professional standing. You can showcase your expertise and stand-out from your competitors. Learn how to present well and enjoy each time you find yourself talking in front of others. Then, you’ll stop saying no to speaking opportunities when you know you should be saying yes.

What makes a great public speaking training provider?

To get the best outcome from public speaking lessons, it can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a training provider.

  • Experience. One of the best ways to build credibility in the public speaking domain is by, well, public speaking. Your public speaking coach or training provider should have extensive experience in public speaking – whether that’s through working as a professional MC, in the media or as a keynote speaker at events.
  • Familiarity with different speaking techniques. From using non-verbal communication to your advantage to persuading others through storytelling, a skilled public speaking coach or trainer has a full kit of public speaking techniques and tools to help you communicate calmly and effectively.
  • Types of training available. Prefer private tuition to group classes, or vice versa? Look for a coach or trainer that offers training in a format that suits you.
  • Material covered. While managing nerves is a huge part of becoming a better public speaker, there’s more to delivering great presentations than just appearing confident. Look for a coach or trainer that covers material including microphone techniques, use of AV equipment and maintaining your audience’s attention.

The best public speaking training in Canberra

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Cam Sullings

Cam Sullings is a long-time radio, television and online presenter in Canberra. He is a professional master of ceremonies and event host. Through his business, Presenting Cam Sullings, he provides public speaking training services for CEO’s and executives and shows them how to present with impact.

Professional MC, presenter and event host

At corporate events Cam uses his business acumen and professional experience to effortlessly weave unique and relevant content into the proceedings. At stadium and sporting fixtures he doesn’t just present, he becomes your biggest fan. He knows the importance of representing your brand, your club values and season themes. At awards nights and presentations, he is all about making your event a memorable occasion.

Training services - presenting and speaking with impact

Having the skills to present a powerful presentation that resonates with your audience or moves them to action is critical to your success. Cam Sullings uses almost 30 years of presenting experience with proven speaking techniques to give you the skills and confidence to deliver your messages with impact. Through private tuition, or group workshops your learning outcomes will include:

  • Understanding and managing speaking nerves and anxiety
  • How to engage an audience from your first words
  • The power of storytelling in business
  • Best practice microphone techniques and advice on content and use of AV
  • How to enjoy your speaking experiences

Speaking to an audience gives you the opportunity to enhance your professional standing. You can showcase your expertise and stand-out from your competitors. After this training you’ll stop saying no to speaking opportunities when you know you should be saying yes.

Katrina Howard

Katrina Howard is a career development/executive coach with a dynamic career across recruitment, artist management, counselling, coaching, consulting and training. She helps her clients improve their public speaking and presenting skills by conveying their authenticity, presence and humanity to a wider audience.

Client Daniel shared his experience working with Katrina in a website testimonial: "Working with Katrina was a real joy. Her professional abilities and expertise helped me to develop my ideas and presentation from an information dense lecture to an accessible and personal presentation. Working together, we identified the most important components of my presentation and discussed ways to communicate these effectively. Beyond this, I found Katrina’s tips and techniques for presenting professionally invaluable for getting me up on stage and beyond."

Art of Communicating

Art of Communicating helps people around Australia to improve communication so they can lead themselves and the organisations they work for. It offers regular two-day public speaking courses in Canberra that share the knowledge, techniques and practical experience to write and deliver highly effective speeches.

From organising your thoughts to improving vocal expression and body language, Art of Communicating's experienced facilitators will help you develop your skills in a friendly, supportive and enthusiastic environment.

Participant Kristie shared her experience with Art of Communicating as a website testimonial: "This training was perfect for taking me from a mid level-manager to a leader who speaks with influence. Definitely top marks in all areas of public speaking. Thank you."

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