Presentation skills, TED-style

The ‘masterclass’

A two-day workshop structured around the iconic TEDx Talks, the gold standard for public speaking. Over the course of two days, develop a step-by-step method to engage and motivate. Master the art of storytelling, learn to paint strong visual imagery and understand how to get your audience behind your ideas, no matter how audacious or complex they seem.

This is a fun and challenging masterclass for those who need to shock, wow and captivate!

The programme is recommended for those who already have an advanced understanding of stage presence, but want to further improve their ability to inspire an audience. Participants will be expected to bring a ‘work in progress’ to work on.

Learning objectives

This masterclass will help you:

  • Develop and deliver a short TED-style presentation
  • Increase vocal impact and body language
  • Understand your personal style and how to use it
  • Show passion in your delivery as well as clear insight to your subject
  • Combat nerves, speak up and get your ideas heard
  • Learn how to express yourself by standing out and impacting your audience
  • Analyse the difference between communication that sticks, and information that gets forgotten
  • Get an audience to buy into your ideas, through a clear ‘call to action’

In a nutshell – this workshop will provide you with a toolbox to deliver compelling and influential messages to people you need to motivate and empower.


Managers, directors and team leaders at senior level have all benefited from this tried-and-tested programme.


This workshop is delivered as a two-day masterclass for a group of 6-8 people. Participants are expected to bring along a recent presentation to be assessed and redeveloped throughout day 2.

Expert trainer

This programme was designed, and is delivered, by one of our most popular trainers, Susie Ashfield.

We get great feedback from Susie’s delivery of this programme, as you can see from the following comments from participants:

‘Trainer was fantastic!’

‘Great experience! I really liked the speaker. The course was supported by brilliant examples, and the subject was given in an interesting way.’

‘Susie was a great facilitator and delivered a very engaging and insightful session.’

‘Do it!  Presenting is not as scary as you think. This course is phenomenal.’

‘Different, fresh, uplifting.’

Breath of fresh air.’

‘It’s more than just presentation skills, it’s a new way of thinking about work and life!’

‘Great tools for improving presentations and public speaking.’

Excellent – knowledgeable, engaging, memorable…’


Fantastic, really engaging.  Everything she mentioned she was doing and it was really interesting to see.  Used her voice amazingly and very engagingly.’

Superb, compelling, authentic.  Great knowledge, confidence, style and patience.’

‘Engaging, insightful, excellent at what she does.’

Pitched perfectly to the attendees.’

Brilliant!  Really engaging.  Clear and informative, a subject expert, conveys confidence.’

‘Trainer of the year.’

‘Someone I would love to listen to again.’

‘She is just amazing – one of the best I have seen.’

Masterclass outline


1 What’s it all about?

  • Exercise: filming a short presentation
  • Introduction to the top public speakers
  • Understanding the needs of the listener
  • The currency of ideas
  • Outlining your intention

2 Finding the story in complex content

  • The authentic self
  • Analysing memorable messages
  • How do you add value to your content?
  • Exercise: The Six Principles of Sticky Ideas (Dan and Chip Heath)
  • How do you teach something new?

3 Deliver jaw-dropping moments

  • Systematic creativity
    • Deliver an emotionally charged experience
    • How to effectively use statistics and data
    • Tactics that get results
  • The ‘urban legends’ concept – what makes stories unforgettable? How elements of the unexpected takes content from ordinary to extraordinary
  • Exercises
    • The toolbox: hands, volume, pausing, eye contact, expression
    • Energy levels – what percentage are you at?
    • What type of communicator are you?

4 Combatting anxiety

  • How to answer difficult questions
  • Identifying challenging situations
  • Controlling nervous energy

5 Making it personal

  • Creating Impact
    • Lighten up!!
    • Analogies and metaphors
    • Keeping it simple
    • Pictures and props
  • Make an emotional investment
  • Exercise: Personal anecdotes and memories
  • The 6 steps to a TED Talk
    • Find the emotion
    • Is it novel?
    • Make it memorable


1 Review

  • Self-assessment and playback
  • Strengths and weaknesses: group evaluation

2 Analysing the body and voice

  • Discovering your natural voice
    • The toolbox: breathing, volume, pitch, pace, tone, pausing
    • Fighting tension: breathing exercises to combat stage fright
    • Resonance: giving your voice gravitas
  • Finding the voice of a leader: speaking with authority
  • Discovering your natural style

3 Key message assessment

  • Finding your core message: problem, situation, solution
  • Telling the story: the power of the unexpected and visual imagery that sticks
  • Making it personal: rewriting your content

4 Deliver to engage

  • Getting physical:
    • Analogies and metaphors
    • The key to charisma
    • Confidence skills and tricks
    • Injecting appropriate humour
  • Natural, off-the-cuff delivery
  • Exercise: The Energy Levels / Pantomime Play
  • Executing a perfect pitch
    • Strategic key messages
    • Closing with a call to action

5 Action planning

  • Exercise: identify specific actions to enhance your presentation style
  • Exercise: personal action planning
  • Final delivery and self-assessment

If you’ve got any requirements at all around presentation skills – whether that’s for an in-house training programme for a group of people, a bite-sized session, one-to-one coaching or a keynote conference presentation – then please just give us a call on 01582 463460 to talk it through.