Presentation skills for public speaking

Barristers can present in court but when it comes to public speaking for seminars, conferences or event speeches that is something quite different and many struggle to find the right balance.

Christie Jennings is a partner Sherwood has worked with jointly on projects for many years and she is well used to dealing with lawyers who might find these softer skills harder to approach.  She has developed a course to help prepare members for the very different forum of public speaking.  Skills useful when pitching for work, giving speeches or presentations as well as doing marketing seminars.

The link below takes you to Christie’s website for more background about her and what she does.

I am working with Christie on this project and we are looking at a 3 hour course for up to 6 people – any more than that and individuals don’t get the same level of feedback and practice that is meaningful.  It is also useful when developing this kind of skill to get people out of their own space and get them somewhere different, to just change the dynamics and provide a more creative space for this session.  We therefore suggest running the course in London from the Practive space in Hoxton to achieve that.

A morning session could then run from 9am-12noon and include coffee and croissant type start and a coffee break in the middle.

We are planning to run some public courses for the Bar and we will be selling spaces for that at £300 + VAT per person.

It may be that some sets would like to have a specific session just for their members at a cost of £1,800 + VAT for up to 6 people.  This is equally possible and could be run internally, although getting people out of their comfort zone is a useful thing to do!

Some may then want additional one-to-one sessions with individuals or a team of two or three preparing for a particular event to help them with the structure and presentation of the seminar/workshop.  This could be provided by either Christie or me or both of us at £275/hour each for prep and meeting/discussion time.

Christie has just worked with one of my barrister clients recently to help him prepare for a dinner speech – his feedback was Happen to think your kind of skilled training is far more focused than much bar training.  Happy to recommend in a workshop environment.”

If this is something you’d be interested in developing with us, then please get in touch and we can talk through some options.


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