Presentation Skills & Speaking to Influence
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy” – Jerry Seinfeld
Being an Effective Speaker is about finding your Confidence & Authenticity
No matter what our role is in an organisation, we are required to engage in presenting or confident speaking in a many contexts. From meetings to phone calls with clients to presenting to a room of people large and small.
Moving away from traditional approaches to presenting and public speaking, Neil offers a unique and practical approach focussed on developing the confidence of participants, creating a safe space to step outside our comfort zone and enabling us to master the art of presenting.
Gone are the days where we use video cameras, as this tends to focus on our perceived weaknesses. Instead the focus is on developing our strengths. Strength based training techniques empowers individuals to really own their own unique style and bring both confidence and professionalism to all their speaking engagements.
Blending proven techniques from both business, theatre and improv, participants are provided with not just the right tools and techniques but also a greater sense of confidence in their abilities. For example, drawing on techniques of Improvisation, participants exercise skills that give confidence speaking off the cuff which gives participants a greater self awareness of their abilities speaking on script. In business there is no script!
Programmes can be custom designed for organisations or provided in a 1to1 coaching session. Each programme is tailored for the group and individuals taking part recognising that we all learn in different ways and there are no off the shelf fixes.
Sample Workshop Topics
- Being Authentic
- Communication Skills & Body Language
- Power & Status
- Being an Effective Influencer
- Executive Presence
- Owning a Room and Reading the Audience
- Impromptu Speaking
- Using Technology to your Advantage
Popular Training Offerings
Workshops and content can be customised to meet your requirements including alignment with organisation culture. Popular workshop options include:
- Half Day Taster Session
- 1 Day Workshop
- 2 Day Workshop with Presentation Panel
1to1 Coaching Sessions
1to1 Coaching is also offered for individuals who want personal dedication from C-Suite to those preparing to present for the first time. This offers an intensive yet hugely productive setting to really enhance and refine your presenting skills.
Why work with Neil Curran?
Neil has 20 years of management and corporate experience in an international context. He has led teams throughout his career having held a senior leadership position in the Irish subsidiary of a multinational organisation.
Neil is a Professional Improviser and stage performer, which brings a unique energy and practical approach to all of his courses. Neil has performed his signature improv show, Neil+1, to audiences around the world. He is also the Founder and Director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland.
Neil has a Masters in Training & Education and is also a qualified Executive Coach and experienced MC.
Neil has regularly appeared on national TV and in numerous national newspapers over the years providing thought leadership in his field including; Newstalk, Irish Times, RTÉ and TV3 (now Virgin Media One).
For more information please contact Neil on +353 86 6018344 or via email neil[at]lowerthetone.com
“I had the great pleasure of working with Neil when I had to prepare for a talk and on-camera work. Neil is a genuine Improv expert in his field of presentation coaching for executives and corporates. He is down-to-earth, pleasantly disarming, understanding of different personalities and goal driven whilst being respectful of the culture and context of the client. He offers confidential, constructive critique to help develop his clients into great speakers and communicators. I recommend him most highly.”
– Leslie Maliepaard
Venture Partner, Fortrino / Senator for Ireland
Board Member of the Global Woman Leaders Committee
World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF)
“I highly recommend Neil’s course to anyone with a fear of public speaking or if they suffer from social anxiety. Aside from learning some really valuable skills, feeling brilliant and overcoming my own fears, I met some of the best people… I’m so glad I did it.”
– Anna Shelswell-White
Editor, House & Home Magazine