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For 18-28 year old Young Professionals

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Friday 13th July - Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel - 9:15am to 4:15pm

  • Speaking and Presentation Skills with Maggie Ford of Spring Rites Speaking Skills

    Maggie Ford was trained at RADA and spent many years as an actor working in theatre and television. She then concentrated on directing and did several episodes of East Enders and Doctors as well as writing and directing her own film and theatre productions. She has also taught and directed in several major drama schools. Her Speaking and Presentation Skills have led her to working with a wide variety of clients including Lincolnshire County Council Tourism, HSBC, major firms of solicitors and in the last 2 years, extensive work with graduates and PhD graduates at Manchester University.


    12.00 for Lunch and Networking - 13.15 to 15.15 for Maggie's Presentation

    This seminar will address the issues facing you when you have to deliver a presentation, attend a board meeting, an interview or a Networking event.

    What are the issues that get in the way of you being a brilliant speaker?

    When speaking publically, does Shelley's quote below apply to you?


    "I pant, I sink, I expire".


    In this seminar you will:

    • Learn to banish nervous tension with breathing techniques
    • Develop awareness and understanding of your body language
    • Explore how physical tensions affect your voice - and your presenting ability
    • Learn how to present with confidence, clarity and passion.
    • Understand the importance of articulation and pronunciation
    • Develop techniques to speak fluently with passion and conviction.

    Testimonials for Maggie Ford

    "Your session is always in my thoughts as it's the best workshop I've been to for many, many years!"

    Leigh Fowkes - Lecturer - Derby University

    "Many thanks for a wonderful day. You really have given me confidence to speak more in public. I thought the training was amazing (and a giggle at times). Many thanks once again."

    Madeleine Monaghan - Councillor - Manchester City Council

    "The story telling has really helped in bringing presentations to life, something which I've already coached colleagues on when assisting with their presentations. This training has been quite different from previous presentation training; I would categorise it as addressing a 'Root Cause' to borrow a risk term."

    Name Withheld - Manager of an IT Team for a Multi-national Company

    "I simply cannot recommend Maggie enough. The sessions I have had with her have been invaluable. Over the years, Maggie has taken me from a new Solicitor about to speak at a conference for the first time to a regular speaker to professional groups at a national level. The feedback I have had from those professionals also reflects Maggie's truly brilliant coaching."

    Lynne Bradey - Wrigleys Solicitors

  • How To Give A Powerful Presentation with Catherine Cross of The Media Coach

    Catherine has delivered sought-after Presentation Skills, MediaTraining and Crisis Communications courses globally for almost 20 years.

    She has trained clients in virtually every sector and at every levelof employee, from the CEO downwards, helping them prepare for national andinternational conferences, including the World Economic Forum, public announcements,analyst and investor road shows, board meetings and internal events.

    Her training combines the invaluable experience she has gained in boththe journalistic and PR fields.   Shetrained with the BBC and worked for them for almost 10 years as a reporter,producer and presenter in local radio, network radio, Regional Television, andat the World Service. During that time she underwent presentation and vocaldelivery training led by BBC performance coaches.

    After moving in to the PR world, Catherine became the Training Managerfor Shandwick International (now Weber Shandwick) and, for nine years untilMarch 2017, was the Director/Lead Counsel of Hill+Knowlton Strategiesâ Mediaand Presentation Training Team in London, running training courses around theworld.  

    Companies and organisations she has worked with include: Shell,Chevron, Intel, Dolby, Zurich, Twinings, Pernod Ricard & Chivas Brothers, TheForeign Office, The London Assembly, the International Cricket Council and theBeijing Olympic Bid Committee.

    Her excellence was recognised by the Chartered Institute of PublicRelations which awarded her Approved Trainer status nine years running, untilthe scheme ended.


    12.00 for Lunch and Networking - 13.15 to 15.15 for Owen's Presentation

    What attendees can expect from the session:

    Through the use of theory and practical work, by the end of the session participants will have:

    • An improved knowledge of how to prepare a presentation or speech
    • Strategies for selecting and developing content
    • A model for structuring their talk
    • Improved confidence and performance skill

    How the workshop will be engaging and interactive for the audience:

    • Theoretical tips and techniques
    • Use of video examples of presentations
    • Exercise to prepare a powerful introduction with added impact
    • Depending on the size of the room and number of attendees, it may also be possible to film participants and replay the exercise back for the group discussion/feedback.