Outside your own front door (or Zoom/Skype portal), all speaking is public speaking. From a one-to-one interview, through pitching to five people, to addressing a global conference, the principles are the same.
If you avoid public speaking, or get anxious about it, we can change that for you in a couple of hours.
Effective communication is not a talent you’re either born with or you’re not, it’s a set of practical skills and psychological strategies anybody can learn – in a surprisingly short time.
These skills and strategies give you:
Learning the techniques means you’ll always know exactly what you’re doing, which means lifelong freedom from fear of public speaking.
Communicating effectively gives you authority and credibility. It also gives you control over the impact you make.
The ability to put yourself across effectively and confidently in any public-speaking situation opens all sorts of doors.
My name is Georgina Kirk and I’m a professional speaker, based in Manchester. Before the coronavirus, I used to travel around presenting keynote talks to various organisations. Now, like so many people, I’m adapting to life in the virtual world.
My approach to public speaking has swung from one extreme to the other. When I was young, I was horribly over-confident. I came unstuck several times, which destroyed my confidence and changed me into a nervous, rigid speaker. It took years and a lot of research and experimenting to find the right balance.
Because first and foremost I’m a teacher of adults, when I finally found the formula for success, it became my mission to pass this on to clients. Since 2009, I have been working with companies and individuals to share the joy of effective communication.
As soon as you learn the formula for success in public speaking, the stress dissolves, because you’re in control. You know exactly what you’re doing and there’s nothing to worry about. Yes, preparing for a presentation or speech can be hard work – but that’s all done in advance, in private. When you’ve prepared in the right way, the event itself is exhilarating!
The same goes for interviews and meetings. The better prepared you are, the safer you’ll feel on the day, but the key is to prepare in the right way, so it gives you a firm foundation, rather than boxing you in.