Public Speaking with Confidence

Improve your public speaking skills and captivate your audience.

Course outline

Do you ever feel nervous speaking in front of groups? Do you need to give presentations in the workplace, at social occasions, or as part of your studies? Recent surveys have shown public speaking to be the number one greatest fear, above being afraid of spiders, snakes or even death! Using comedy, drama and storytelling techniques, this one-day intensive course will:

  • Develop your public speaking skills
  • Explore your unique presentation style
  • Increase spontaneity
  • Develop your storytelling and vocal techniques
  • Help you overcome fears and help you enjoy being in front of an audience
  • Outline creating audience rapport and having a clear intention
  • Explore relaxation techniques: exercises used to overcome tension and fear associated with presenting in public
  • Explore improvisation skills: building participants confidence in the area of spontaneity
  • Develop your storytelling techniques: content and structure Vocal skills: exercises to encourage vocal strength and confidence.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • identify the characteristics of effective presentations
  • utilise physical and vocal techniques to enhance presentations
  • use relaxation techniques to help release tension
  • demonstrate an understanding of storytelling and improvisation techniques
  • apply the above when presenting.

Who should attend?

Those who feel nervous speaking in front of groups and/or those who wish to improve their public speaking skills, whether it be in the workplace, at social occasions, or as part of their studies. Lecturers and teachers would also greatly benefit from this course.


  • See available course dates below
  • $210.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Lisa Brickell and Kate Bartle

May 2018

Saturday 19 May, 9:30am – 4:30pm


November 2018

Saturday 17 November, 9:30am – 4:30pm


Presented by

Lisa Brickell

Lisa Brickell

Presentations Skills Coach

Lisa Brickell has run public speaking skills seminars both in New Zealand and overseas. She has taught at Unitec, Auckland, Waikato and Brighton Universities, and has worked with many companies including Genesis Energy, Coca Cola and DDB. Lisa trained at The Lecoq Theatre School in Paris and at Kiklos Drama School in Italy. She also has a MA in Drama from Auckland University. She was the Key Note Speaker at the Drama New Zealand Conference in 2014 and is a professional actress and comedian, teacher and director

Kate Bartlett

Kate Bartlett

Presentations Skills Coach

Kate Bartlett is an actor and trainer with over twenty years experience in the performing arts and training industries. She has taught at Auckland and Waikato Universities, and has delivered Executive Presence, Presentation Skills, Storytelling and Improvisation courses throughout NZ. Kate trained at Toi Whakaari (NZ Drama School) and has a BA and post graduate Diploma in Drama from Auckland University. She has performed professionally in theatre, film, TV and radio.

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