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Debbie Forster

Public speaking with Debbie Forster

1 day
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This fun, informal workshop is designed to help you to develop your personal presentation style, build your confidence, and enable you to adapt to different speaking scenarios. You learn new techniques and strategies, and practice them on the day. At the end of the day, you enjoy greater confidence in presenting and public speaking, a repertoire of speaking skills, and the confidence to independently develop your skills.

This workshop covers the following topics:

  1. Communication style
    1. The ingredients of style
      • Vocal
      • Verbal
      • Non-verbal
      • Use of space
      • Perceived and real power
    2. Understanding and refining your personal style
      • Knowing and managing your tics and tells
      • Understanding, varying and stretching your style
  2. Making your communication work
    1. Understanding ‘the gig’
      • Audience
      • Purpose
      • Form
    2. Pre-preparation
      • Script
      • Rehearse
      • Planning for disaster
      • Effective coordination
    3. On the day
      • Managing stress and adrenaline
      • Preparation
      • Delivery
      • Follow-up
  3. Creating presentations
    1. To ‘deck’ or not to ‘deck’
    2. Size matters
    3. Use of space
    4. Creating connection
    5. Developing feedback loops
    6. Creating rhythms
    7. Finishing
    8. Follow-up

Audience and prerequisites

This workshop is aimed at anyone who is interested in public speaking, and at improvers who want to gain new skills. There are no prerequisites apart from an open mind and willingness to participate.

Attendee Reviews

“Really really, really great delivery...! Engaging, fast paced, lots of energy and someone who tells it like it is but in a way which brings everyone along.”

“Fast paced, real good nuggets of information, and a positive inspirational session ”

“Excellent speaker. Insightful, knowledgeable, funny, intelligent - really impressive stuff... ”

“Debbie's presentation gave me real food for thought and I have come away with loads of actions for myself. She was very inspirational. ”

“Clearly knows her stuff and very useful. Lots of great takeaways and useful applications to blend into our working practice. Thank you!”

“Totally relevant. Lots of great information.”

Diversity statement

Voxgig is committed to diversity at events and wants to ensure that these workshops are as inclusive as possible. Let us know if you have any access, dietary, religious or other requirements, and if you require childcare during the workshop – we are hoping to be able to support parents who want to attend.

About Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster is an award-winning leader, speaker, networker and consultant, specializing in tech, innovation, diversity and education in the public and private sectors. In January 2017, she was awarded an MBE for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year 2016, describing her as “an exceptional and inspirational woman... an extraordinary role model”. Computer Weekly ranked her one of the ‘25 Most Influential Women in UK IT’ in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

More info:

If you are interested in this workshop, we would love to discuss hosting it as a private class on your site. Alternatively please register your interest for a public course in the UK or Ireland.
Contact Natalie on +44 7411392118 or natalie.gray@voxgig.com for more information.