Public Speaking 1 and 2

Date & Time: Session 1
Tuesday 12 February 2019
16:00 - 18:30

Session 2
Tuesday 26 February 2019
16:00 - 18:30
Event Type: Twilight
Event Format: Workshop
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: WCTSP member schools £120
Non member schools £150

Event Subject or Topic Area: Public Speaking & Presenting
Target Audience: Middle and senior leaders or any educationalists wanting to improve their public speaking and presenting skills
Event Description:

Excellent teachers are not necessarily good public speakers. Confidence in the classroom does not always translate into assured and effective delivery in front of parents or governors. Yet for anyone considering progression into middle management and leadership roles, effective communication is vital. This two-part course aims to give teachers the skills and confidence to embrace the public speaking element of their role. It will teach simple techniques for writing presentations, and then give practical advice on how to present with style.

Both sessions will give participants the opportunity to practise public speaking and receive personal advice on how to improve their delivery.

Past participants rated this course excellent and have said "This course has been transformational" and "Giving my talk and receiving the feedback from the group was inspirational"

Event Outcomes:

Session 1: Will focus on core public speaking techniques and skills including

  • identifying the key message
  • understanding audiences
  • openings and endings
  • how to keep audiences engaged
  • the use of voice and modulation
  • techniques to help control nerves

Session 2: Will build on the learning from the previous session and explore

  • how to write and deliver persuasive speeches
  • votes of thanks
  • presenting under pressure
  • the use of visual aids and powerpoint
Course Leader 1: Katie Hamilton (Head of LAMDA, Wellington College)
Katie trained as an actor and then as a drama teacher and has taught Drama, Acting and Public Speaking at Wellington College for the last fourteen years. She is passionate about public speaking, and believes that simple changes can transform reluctant public speakers into effective speakers whose messages will be remembered. Every year Katie trains students to speak in front of 4000 people at the College Speech Day, and regularly prepares students for radio, television and stage appearances. In May 2017 she presented a very successful Public Speaking course for our WCTSP Equality and Diversity Leadership Programme. This two-part course is a result of the positive feedback she received and a recognition of the need for better training in this crucial area.

Course Leader 2: Cressida Henderson (Deputy Head (Co-Curricular))
Cressida has worked in both the state and independent sectors. She has been a Head of Year, Head of Modern Languages, an Assistant Head and is now Deputy Head (Co-curricular) at Wellington College. Public speaking has been part of her job since 2001 and she now speaks regularly to current parents, prospective parents, governors, students and staff about the co-curriculum. She has trained in coaching, public speaking, conducting interviews and facilitating conversations. Drawing from personal experience, she will offer her own insights on learning to speak with confidence in public.
SPONSOR/PARTNER Wellington College
Wellington College