Former senior diplomat Charles Crawford has written speeches for government Ministers, delivered many speeches himself and organised high-profile public speaking occasions. He is uniquely qualified to offer a comprehensive masterclass that helps speakers frame their messages simply, then find the words to convey those messages in a way that works for the occasion concerned. You will have the opportunity to learn and test specific techniques. Whether you regularly give PowerPoint-style presentations or are dreading an upcoming event where you have to address a sizeable audience, by the end of the masterclass you will understand how public speaking works. And you will have new skills and self-assurance to give a speech or presentation that your audience will remember for all the right reasons.
This course includes learning and practicing practical techniques for crafting memorable presentations/speeches and delivering them clearly and confidently. It’s suitable for both beginners and experienced public speakers. The course content includes:
- Fundamental principles of public speaking: linking the speaker and the words to the audience and the occasion
- Message: what you want to say
- Structure, stories and signposts: how you get your message across in a memorable way
- Speaking techniques (voice, posture and objects)
- Avoiding mistakes
- Being memorable and interesting
Masterclass participants will be asked to come prepared with a short presentation (oral or PowerPoint) and have the chance to deliver it during the day.
This course is for you if...
You regularly make speeches or PowerPoint-style presentations and want to improve your technique, or you have an upcoming speech or presentation and need to get it right
Charles Crawford served with the FCO for 28 years, including as UK Ambassador in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Warsaw. He has immense experience in senior diplomatic communication, including negotiating with the Russians during a major bilateral spy scandal and engaging with Balkan war crimes indictees. He served as FCO Speechwriter in the 1980s and wrote the first FCO Speechwriting Guide, still being used 25 years later. He is now a professional communications consultant who has given communication skills and negotiation masterclasses to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other international and private sector organisations. He is writing a book about Speechwriting and Diplomacy.
Dates: Sunday 10 November 2013
Venue: The Guardian, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU
Price: £250 (inclusive of VAT, lunch, refreshments and booking fees)
Event capacity: 16
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