Presentation skills, TED-style – the workshop

A one-day workshop

A workshop structured around the iconic TED Talks, the gold standard for public speaking. Learn a step-by-step method to inspire and motivate your audience over the course of a day. 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. A fun and challenging session for those who need to shock, wow and captivate!

Learning objectives

This workshop will help you:

  • Understand what an audience needs from you
  • Engage and inspire a team to perform
  • 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
  • Deliver a persuasive and memorable TED style presentation from a clear nine-step method

Ultimately, this workshop will provide you with a toolbox to deliver compelling and influential messages to the people you need to motivate.


This programme works at all levels across an organisation, from graduates right up to directors.

It’s appropriate for all types of organisation, as you can see from the list of clients for whom Susie has delivered it on an in-house basis, including:

Amey plc • APR • Asahi Beer • British Dental Association • Buckinghamshire County Council • Caesars • Carmarthenshire County Council • CDK Global • Century Link • Clarks • College of Policing • Curo Group • Disclosure Scotland • easyJet • Eisai • English Cricket Board • Epson • EUSAPharma • Flight Centre Travel Group • Gardiner & Theobald • General Pharmaceutical Council • Hampshire County Council • Hormann • ICAEW (North West) • ICSA • Latham & Watkins LLP • Living Ventures • London Business School • Mkodo • Newlon Housing • Novacyt • Palatine EP • Qubit • Repairtalks • Rolls Royce • Royal Ascot • S&P Global • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) • Seetec • SITA • Sitecore • South East Water • Surrey & Borders NHS Trust • The Disney Store • The Walt Disney Company • Travel Counsellors • Ultra Electronics  • University of Strathclyde • Unilever • URBN Urban Outfitters Ltd • Viking Cruises • Zeiss


This one-day workshop focuses on analysing performance techniques and developing presenting skills, for any face-to-face communication, whether you are presenting to a large group, a team meeting or just a one-on-one conversation. It is a challenging yet rewarding day which participants say is hugely enjoyable!

To allow sufficient time for all participants to get the benefit of one-to-one feedback from Susie on their presentations, we recommend restricting the group size to 8 each time.

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.’

Workshop outline

1 What’s it all about?

  • Exercise: audience reaction in three words
  • Introduction to the spoken word
  • Understanding the needs of the listener
  • The currency of ideas
  • Outlining your intention

2 Finding the story in complex content

  • Motivating activity
  • 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 Delivering 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 take 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?
    • Which TED speakers are the most inspirational?

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 9 steps to a TED Talk, including:
    • Find the emotion
    • Is it novel?
    • Make it memorable

6 Action planning

  • Exercise: Identify specific actions to enhance your presentation style
  • Exercise: Personal action planning

Download the outline or, for more detail, see the booklet:

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.