Public Speaking Bootcamp

Build your confidence and improve your speaking skills in a friendly, supportive environment (there are no pushups at this bootcamp).

Upcoming Locations

Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Gladstone, Rockhampton

Our ability to express ourselves effectively directly impacts our ability to achieve our goals.

What would it mean for you to be able to express yourself with more confidence  and more clarity in these situations?

  • Speeches and presentations

  • Meetings, panel discussions and interviews

  • Conversations with staff and customers

  • Personal brand messaging

Are any of these problems holding you back

  • Feeling self-conscious because of a fear of being judged.

  • Thoughts and ideas racing around in your head that you just can’t seem to articulate.

  • Your mind goes blank when you are in front of an audience.

  • You find yourself rambling without making a clear point.

  • You struggle to cut through the noise and connect with your audience.

  • You find yourself being misheard, misunderstood and taken out of context.

These issues can all be overcome.

What’s more, if you have a desire to improve your speaking skills, you have an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in your career or business.

Think about this…

Lots of people struggle with speaking

While only a small percentage of cases are severe enough to require treatment from a mental health professional, it is estimated that around 73% of the general population have some level of anxiety around public speaking.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health

Yet only a few get help

Despite the negative impacts  on their professional and personal lives, only around 8% of people with a fear of public speaking seek help to overcome it.

Sources: Schneier, Franklin M.D., Social Anxiety Disorder, University of Columbia

Despite the huge benefits

Communication has been described by some of the world’s most successful business leaders as the skill that can most level the playing field. This is because being able to speak well provides an instant advantage when it comes to outshining the competition.

Sources: Richard Branson: ‘Communication Is The Most Important Skill Any Leader Can Possess’, Forbes, 2015.

Oh, and by the way…

When people self-identify as confident communicators, that confidence often doesn’t transfer to effectiveness. In fact, there is an 80% chance that those they are communicating with will rate them as ‘Less than effective’ or ‘Not effective at all’. Ouch.

Source: The Leader’s Voice, Tom Peters Company

“The person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people – that person is headed for higher earning power.”

– Dale Carnegie

When you improve your speaking skills, you are giving yourself a huge advantage.

So what is the best way to go about it?

I have found that the best approach to improving speaking skills is through practical strategies that combine the four pillars of mindset, content, delivery, and audience analysis.

Mindset

There is no silver bullet for overcoming nerves. However, when we know what to focus on and consider some different ways of thinking, we can overcome unhelpful thoughts and get those butterflies to line up in an orderly fashion.

Content or Delivery

Which is most important? The truth is that any approach that doesn’t consider both how a message is constructed and how it is delivered, is missing half the equation. Which one requires the most attention varies from person to person.

Audience

To get people to retain what we are saying and take action, we need to understand each audience we speak to. We also need to apply certain triggers that the human brain reponds to in our speeches and presentations.

 

You might be thinking

“Well that sounds a bit involved. I just want to be more confident and know what to say.”

I understand. That’s why my training takes the complex stuff and transforms it into practical simple strategies. 

Let me explain more…

Hi, I’m David Wise

from Wise Words Communications

After struggling for many years myself, I’ve done the hard work of digging deep into the art and science of communication. Now I want to make it easier for you to get the results you need.

Yes. My training is based on communication and psychological research.

Yes. It is intended to challenge you.

However, I assure you that it is designed to be enjoyable and easy to implement.

In this video, I explain why improving your speaking skills is a bit like baking a cake (it’s 3 min 51 sec).

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

– Albert Einstein

I understand your challenges with presenting and public speaking.

I have had a love-hate relationship with public speaking all my life. I have come apart at times when nerves have gotten the better of me. However, I have also turned it around to enjoy quite a few speaking successes.

I understand the root causes of public speaking issues.

Through both formal communication and behavioural studies and my own experiences, I have become adept at identifying what the real problems are.

I understand what to change to get better results.

I can identify what most urgently needs changing for significant improvement.  When we work together, you are getting feedback from an experienced professional communicator.

What past workshop participants are saying…

Thank you David. You are a wonderful presenter and mentor who seemed to read all of our thoughts and gently move us out of our comfort zones to believe in ourselves. I wholeheartedly recommend Wise Words Communications.

Leisa Gardiner

The content was very practical and was delivered succinctly and professionally by David. I came away with a number of very useful tools and strategies that have assisted me in strengthening my public presentation skills. Highly recommend!

Marcus McCormick

David is a wealth of knowledge on all things public speaking. I learned many valuable tips and techniques, and feel so much more confident now when speaking and interviewing.

Tracey McPhee

Are you ready to improve your speaking game and start showing up as the best version of you?

Which of these options best meets your needs?

Customised in-house training

If you are looking for bespoke training for the staff of your company, not-for-profit, or small-medium enterprise. Also school students or members of your community group.

Public workshops & courses

If you are looking for training for yourself I have a number of courses and workshops that are evolving all the time.

Private coaching

When you need some help to prepare for that high-stakes presentation or learn to communicate more effectively.

Customised In-House Training

Let’s discuss the communication skills needs of your team to develop a program that meets your specific objectives.

Elements could include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • different types of presentations (e.g. persuasive, informative etc.)

  • speaking on camera

  • pitching and sales training

  • communicating your business vision, values etc.

  • conversations with staff and customers

  • outbound messaging (e.g. content marketing)

  • identifying and dealing with communication issues specific to your organisation

Corporate, NFP, Govt.

I can work with companies, not-for-profits, government departments and agencies to help your organisation develop more effective communicators.

SME's

For some staff training with a difference, help your team become more confident communicators and enjoy the flow-on benefits in your business.

Schools

Training to help you develop tomorrow’s leaders or help your staff communicate with more impact outside the classroom.

Community

If you want to get better at telling others about your community cause, let’s develop some training to meet your objectives.

Where can I run training?

Presently I can travel anywhere in Australia subject to COVID restrictions. While I believe face-to-face is best, I accept current reality and can tailor training so it can be run via Zoom or MS Teams.

Public Courses, Workshops & Seminars

Public Speaking Bootcamp

This workshop is suitable if you are a little shy, suffer from nerves, or just want to improve your public speaking game. The day is filled with interactive learning to help you grow in confidence, organise your speeches and presentations, and improve your delivery.

Available as:

Workshop

Speaking on Video

This workshop has been designed to build your confidence with shooting and posting casual on-the-spot or live videos and also using tools such as Zoom more effectively. This is NOT a video production class. This is about you gathering your thoughts and capturing them on camera.

Available as:

Workshop

Online Course (Coming Soon)

Speaking on the Spot

Learn strategies to help you gather your thoughts and respond brilliantly in a variety of impromptu speaking situations including meetings, job interviews, forums, or any situation when you’re asked to say a few words off-the-cuff.

Available as:

Workshop

Online Course (Coming Soon)

Powerful Public Speaking

A 6-week course designed to help you build your confidence and understand how to effectively plan and deliver different types of presentations. Includes Public Speaking Bootcamp, 3 x workshop sessions, 1 x Zoom session, 1 x Graduation Celebration.

Available as:

In-Person Course

Private Coaching & Consulting

Presentation Preparation

When you need help to write, design and deliver a high-stakes presentation where the outcome really matters.

Personal Coaching

There are a range of reasons why people get private coaching before trying out what they’ve learned in front of others. Let’s discuss your situation.

Confidentiality assured

In some situations, private coaching clients require confidentiality regarding the work we do together. This is 100% respected.

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Contact David Wise

0427 360 293
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