Tailored Training Programs
Helping your people to become confident, engaging and influential presenters in every situation
Good business is about great communication. When your people speak effectively, they leverage your products, services and ideas. But if they lack confidence and skills it can cost you opportunities, time, effort and money.
Speaking to influence and motivate team members, having 1:1 meetings with clients, or persuading stakeholders – the ability of your people to speak well, with presence, conviction and energy in any situation, is a vital part of your organisation’s success.
When you work with me, you’ll get interactive, practical, enjoyable programs, using the latest adult learning principles. All programs are research-based and proven, helping 1000’s of clients over the past 12 years.
I work with your organisation through workshops, training series, personal coaching and personal intensives utilising the Accelerated Speaking Results System.
The ASR System reflects the stages of development speakers move through as they gain skills, experience, confidence and presence, and addresses both content and delivery at increasingly impactful levels.
- Workshop (full or half day) when you need up-skilling in one or two main skills, in a concentrated burst. Ideal for fast knowledge transfer, with some opportunity to practise and reflect
- Training Series Speakers Confluence™ of three workshops, spaced over time. An in-depth approach, covering 1. Confidence and presence 2. High engagement and 3. Persuasion and influence. You get the opportunity to design and deliver presentations and work on impromptu skills, with reflection and implementation in between sessions. Videotaping can also be used
- Personal Coaching is 1:1 or very small group (up to three) tailored coaching to meet your exact needs. There are two levels of coaching available: A. Foundational skills and B. Transitional/Advanced skills.
All three training options use this Accelerated Speaking Results System:
Workshops. Ideal when you need up-skilling in one of two main skills, in a concentrated half or full day burst. These are ideal for fast knowledge transfer, with some opportunity to practise and reflect.
Often when clients first contact me, they have clear goals in mind for the workshop content they’re looking for – and you can find guidance on that in the table below.
I also recommend having a brief conversation as well, to check in with those overall needs and goals. This helps me to confirm that what you’re considering is indeed the best solution for you.
|Want this result?||You Need:|
|Confidence, clear thinking and credibility||Confident Public Speaking Skills|
|Clear structure, writing & visually engaging design||Content Writing and Design Essentials|
|Audience engagement and interaction||Authentic, Effective Audience Engagement|
|Advanced influence, content and delivery skills: for keynotes, conferences and high-level presentations||Speakers Confluence™ Intensive (full day only)|
2. Training Series
Training Series of three workshops, spaced over time. Half or full day. An in-depth approach, covering more skills. Participants have the opportunity to design and deliver a presentation and work on impromptu skills, with reflection nada implementation in between sessions. Optional videotaping of presentations is also available, and very effective.
This series gives you more permanent embedded results with a hands-on approach. This is achieved through more time, content creation during sessions (including slides) and delivery skills practice.
Each participant leaves the training series with a whole presentation created and delivered.
3. Personal Coaching
Personal coaching 1:1 or in very small group (up to three), this tailored coaching meets you exactly where you are, skill, experience and confidence-wise. There are two levels: A. Foundation skills and B. Transitional/Advanced skills (for B, see Influence and Impact Intensive below).
Coaching is most often accessed for these reasons:
- Management team member(s) who need quickly to become more proficient at presenting and communicating
- New role or position in organisation
- Special project starting
- External coaching and feedback is desirable, rather than internal
4. Speakers Confluence™ Intensive – 6 hours (choose: 1 day | 6 x 1 hr | 4 x 1.5 hour sessions)
Personal Intensive. This Speakers Confluence™ experience is intended for professionals looking for an edge – to be influential in changing opinion and encouraging action, with high-level content positioning, confidence and delivery skills.
Can be delivered in a 1:1, small group or workshop format.
This VIP full day, 6 x 1 hour, or 4 x 1.5 hour sessions is often requested for a client, management team or key person of influence who are already competent and professional. Ideal for people working towards a significant keynote or important speaking event.
Over 4000 participants have completed training, coaching and workshop programs with Improve Your Public Speaking since 2010.
I’m based in Melbourne, and deliver programs across both regional areas and capital cities across Australia. I’m also happy to travel to locations not always serviced by other training organisations, which is often welcome!
Presentation and public speaking skills programs are ideally delivered in-person, face-to-face, where real-time coaching, feedback and interaction enhance learning and retention. However, virtual coaching is also increasingly popular, allowing individuals to focus on specific skills development.
All participants in our programs receive a comprehensive workbook for post-training reference after the day, and post-training Zoom follow-up calls can also be provided.
In-house training is half-day (3 hours) or full-day (6 hours). Please note: Speakers Confluence™ Intensive workshop is full day only because of the depth of material covered.
Workshops and Training Series: Participant numbers are a minimum of 4, maximum flexible (up to 100). Your investment in the programs is dependent upon the numbers confirmed.
Personal Coaching: participant numbers are 1 – 3 people.
Each training is a unique and dynamic blend of research and lived experience including:
- Communication skills
- Behavioural science of learning, engagement and influence
- Emotional and social intelligence
- Performing arts
Our consultants found it a delight and a pleasure working with Sarah. Her modules were constructed with content that were grounded in psychology and human behavior. Her practical tips and approaches were well received too. During her workshops, Sarah was able to draw out the most reluctant of our consultants and make them participate enthusiastically.
The sessions were thoroughly enjoyable while being educational and practical. Thank you, Sarah. We have no hesitation in recommending Sarah’s course to others who are looking for such programs.
Sarah provided my team with practical, useful tools to overcome nerves, improve their speaking skills and engage their audience. She created a warm, dynamic atmosphere which encouraged sharing of ideas and goals. Sarah provided specific, useful feedback for each participant, and was flexible in tailoring her training to the needs of the group as they progressed.
I would highly recommend Sarah, and would use her services again without hesitation. She gets great results, is personable, and expert at what she does.
Sarah Denholm is a great teacher. She is kind and gentle and works in a very positive way with people. She has a knack of building confidence and giving people the skills they need.
Last year I was overseeing the management of a group of 20 projects for a large Melbourne-based company. Sarah was engaged to improve the presentation skills of Project Managers who were expected to present their progress to the CEO and senior board members regularly, and felt unprepared for the task ahead of them. She came into the group, quickly established rapport with all the staff and was able to assist them in a very short timeframe. There was noticeable improvement in the way the staff presented themselves and their confidence grew rapidly.
We felt very privileged to have been able to work with Sarah and I believe that the skills each person gained will stand them in good stead in many roles throughout their careers.
Sarah ran an internal workshop for a group of our Year 11 and 12 student leaders. Sarah was a very engaging and personable presenter. She created a wonderful atmosphere- one in which the students felt extremely comfortable. Unlike many public-speaking workshops, which tend to be very theory-heavy and lecture-based, this workshop was both practical and motivating. The students were given personal, constructive feedback on their presentation skills, and provided with an effective ‘toolkit’ to enhance their public speaking. Thank-you Sarah!” -Elana Ieremidis, Gladstone Park Secondary College, Senior School Student Leadership Coordinator
“In a three-hour session, we learnt that there is much more to public speaking than simply speaking; it is about preparation, mind-set and body language. The Public Speaking Workshop with Sarah was not only tailored to our individual needs, it was also extremely engaging and provided us with an excellent opportunity to develop and enhance our public speaking skills.