Custom Public Speaking Workshops

Our highly practical public speaking workshops are designed to deliver immediate results.

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How is Throughline Different?

Not all public speaking courses are created equal.

Throughline’s highly customized speaker training programs and executive presentation training workshops distinguish us in a crowded field of public speaking companies.

Watching one of our clients improve during a Throughline presentation training workshop is a special thing.

It’s also rather common. In fact, it’s far rarer when clients don’t experience an almost immediate improvement in their presentation skills.

As one client told us, we don’t just create great speakers; we foster profound transformations.

We accomplish that by providing clients with a few highly memorable pieces of overarching guidance. Those big ideas point speakers in a specific direction without being overly prescriptive, allowing each person to incorporate his or her own personality into our advice. Rather than trying to turn you into something you’re not, we work to strengthen and magnify the parts that are already working for you while reducing the distractions that might be getting in your way.

Our recommendations are rooted in published research—we’ll cite some of the more interesting studies—and in the experience we’ve gained through our work with thousands of speakers.

Before your tailored professional speaker training course, we’ll review your previous and upcoming speeches, PowerPoint presentations, outlines, notes, and video clips. We’ll also learn more about your organization, the audiences you face, and the challenges you encounter when discussing your work.

And because we know that mastering any skill is a lifelong task, we’ll be with you long after your presentation training session ends.

OUR GIFT TO YOU

11 Easy Steps to Ace Your Next Presentation

From finding your message and opening your talk to choosing the right visuals and managing fear, our free e-book will take you through 11 key steps to delivering a successful presentation.

11 Easy Steps to Ace Your Next Presentation

HOW ARE OUR SPEAKER TRAINING PROGRAMS DIFFERENT?

  • We conduct deep research into your organization

    If there’s one thing clients have told us more than anything else, it’s how surprised they were by the amount of research we conducted before each session. Before your customized workshop, we’ll review your previous and upcoming speeches, PowerPoint presentations, outlines, notes, and video clips. We’ll also learn more about your organization, the audiences you face, and the challenges you encounter when discussing your work.

  • We are industry leaders

    Our first book, The Media Training Bible, was an Amazon #1 Public Relations best seller. Our second book, 101 Ways to Open a Speech, was a Kindle #1 Public Speaking best seller. We’ve trained tens of thousands of people for the world’s biggest stages—and have earned the repeat business of many loyal clients who were thrilled with their results.

  • We know how to teach

    Knowing how to deliver a successful presentation isn't enough. It's far more important to be able to transfer our knowledge to our trainees in a manner that enables them to act on it immediately. We’re rooted in theory but deliver practical advice. We've regularly refined our teaching methodology since 2004 and have created a fast-paced, fun, and highly effective workshop that has been delivered successfully hundreds of times.

  • We root our recommendations in research

    We regularly hear stories from trainees who were instructed by a previous trainer to do something that didn't have any basis in research. As a result, the trainees were trying to communicate in an unnatural manner that went against their instincts—and that didn't work for their audiences. Wherever possible, our advice is based in research, not subjective opinion.

What Will I Learn In The Class?

Deliver a presentation that gets results

During your interactive presentation skills workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Sharpen the story you want to tell
  • Structure and outline your talk
  • Speak from a script, notes, outline, or memory
  • Identify your “bright shiny object” and “ABSO”
  • Align your talk with your audience’s goals
  • Increase the effectiveness of your persuasion attempts
  • Grab the audience with a powerful opening
  • Break the pattern to retain or regain audience interest
  • Balance broad themes with compelling details
  • Use stories and statistics to reinforce your messages
  • Issue a closing call-to-action that gets results
  • Facilitate productive question and answer sessions
  • Answer challenging questions
  • Create the right “feedback loops” through effective body language
  • Model best practices for gesture, posture, voice, and movement
  • Deliver a speech with contagious energy
  • Manage public speaking anxiety
  • Design more effective visuals
  • Use (not abuse) PowerPoint
  • Interact with your PowerPoint slides and notes
  • Avoid the “eye-ear” conflict
  • …and more, modified to achieve your specific goals

DURING THE WORKSHOP

Our proven teaching methodology, which has been delivered successfully hundreds of times since 2004, features a diverse mix of relevant activities designed to help participants grow their skill set meaningfully—often dramatically—right away. During your public speaking workshop, you will learn through: 

  • Practice presentations

    You will deliver several practice presentations throughout the workshop. After each round, you’ll receive specific feedback on your message, delivery, and audience interaction. We’ll videotape your practice talks and review key excerpts with you—and you’ll get to take your videos with you.

  • Breakout exercises

    Peer-to-peer learning and practice with trainer observation and feedback.

  • Two-way feedback

    Giving feedback to other participants helps you develop a critical lens for what works well and what could be even better. Receiving feedback from other participants and the trainer helps you understand what’s resonating best and distracting most about your performance.

  • Interactive lectures

    Our fast-moving lectures are packed with real-life examples and opportunities to practice new skills, and are led by dynamic trainers who know how to hold your attention.

  • Video examples

    We’ll show several curated clips of presenters demonstrating public speaking best practices, often in unexpected and highly effective ways.

  • Challenging questions

    We’ll ask you the questions that fair but skeptical audience members might ask—and empower you with strong answers that win over audiences. (This segment usually requires a longer session; let’s talk!)

AFTER THE WORKSHOP

Our relationship extends long past the training day. If you invest in us, we'll invest in you. After you leave our workshop, you’ll continue your learning through:

  • Relevant takeaway materials

    You’ll receive our in-depth presentation training handbook, a copy of 101 Ways to Open a Speech, and videos of your practice talks.

  • Ten in-depth clients-only reports

    You’ll receive in-depth articles once a month for ten months following your training. These reports will go deeper into areas that will help you learn, practice, and refine new skills throughout the year. Sample topics might include delivering better panel presentations, overcoming speaking fear, and speaking from a script.

  • A free one-hour phone or Skype call

    You can schedule a free one-hour call with one of our trainers within one year of your training, during which you can discuss an upcoming presentation, ask us to review a video of a speech you recently delivered, or anything else that would help you advance your learning. (Offer extended to five people in any private workshop.)

  • An annual invitation to our live clients-only webinar

    Once a year, you’ll be invited to a live clients-only webinar, during which we will offer you a refresher, introduce advanced techniques, and answer your questions. We’ll send you the video if you miss the call.

  • A 20% discount

    A 20 percent discount on our standard hourly consulting fee for two years following your training.

OTHER PRESENTATION TRAINING OFFERINGS

In addition to the presentation training workshop described above, we also offer:

  • One-on-one executive presentation training sessions
  • Group executive presentation skills workshops
  • Advanced presentation training sessions
  • Public speaking refresher courses
  • Panelist and panel moderator training
  • Coaching for online video and Facebook Live
  • Sessions held via Skype or other virtual technology
  • TED or TEDx speech preparation
  • Investor pitches
  • and more (please inquire)

Any Questions?

Reach out to us at info@throughline.com
or head over to our Frequently Asked Questions.