Public Speaking Classes

As a recognized industry leader in public speaking, we designed our classes to give you immediate results.

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How is Throughline Different?

Not all public speaking classes are created equal.

Mastering anything—particularly something as vital to professional success as public speaking—takes time. We’re committed to delivering the best public speaking classes in the industry, ones that focus on your long-term growth rather than a standalone one-time experience.

That’s why our public speaking classes are only the beginning. With your registration, you’ll receive 10 in-depth clients-only reports, a one-on-one follow-up consultation, and annual refresher webinars—for free. We’ll be with you every step of the way. If you invest in us, we’ll invest in 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


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Discounts for three or more. Contact us for corporate discounts available to groups of three or more or for ongoing training needs.

Public Speaking Two-Day Class Agenda

Day One

  • Segment One Your Throughline

    • Identify Your Main Points and Key Message
    • Structure and Outline Your Talk
    • Get Inside Your Audience’s Head
    • EXERCISE: Make Your Audience’s Acquaintance
    • EXERCISE: Find Your Key Message or “ABSO”
  • Segment Two Your Open

    • Win the Opening Minutes with a Triple Open
    • Select an Open That Grabs Your Audience from the Start
    • PRACTICE TALK: Deliver Your Open
  • Segment Three Your Supporting Story

    • Bring Your Stories and Statistics to Life
    • Use Proven Story Plots to Quickly Connect with Your Audience
    • PRACTICE TALK: What’s Your Story?
  • Segment Four Your Pattern Break

    • Discover How to Retain and Regain Your Audience’s Attention
    • Use Pattern Breaks to Keep Your Audience Focused on Your Message
    • EXERCISE: Break the Pattern Race
  • Segment Five Your Close and Call to Action

    • Wrap Up with Two Closes that Leave the Audience Humming Your Tune
    • Issue a Call to Action That Leads to Meaningful Change
    • PRACTICE TALK: Your Close and Call to Action
  • Segment Six Your Visuals

    • Learn to Use (Not Abuse) PowerPoint
    • Design Slides That Complement and Reinforce Your Words
    • Insert a Generous Heaping of Metaphor to Turn Ordinary into Sticky
    • Stay a Step Ahead of Your Slides
    • EXERCISE: Picture Your Best Visuals

Day Two

  • Segment Seven Your Voice

    • Use Projection, Pace, Pitch, and Tone to Get Your Key Points to Land
    • Explore Your Range as You Expand Your Vocal Palette
    • Discover the Fix that Helps to Eliminate Filler Words
    • EXERCISE: Find Your Voice
  • Segment Eight Your Body Language

    • Create the Right Feedback Loops
    • Use Nonverbal Communication to Connect with Your Audience
    • Set the Tone with Your Gestures, Movement, Eye Contact, Posture, and More
    • Internalize the Tools to Reduce Speaking Anxiety and Manage Your Fear
    • EXERCISE: Know What Your Body Language Is Saying
  • Segment Nine Your Q&A Session

    • Be the Conductor: Draw Out Your Audience and Run the Floor
    • Align Your Response to the Heart of the Question
    • Respond to Challenging Questions with Poise and Confidence
    • Discover the Techniques to Keep Your Answers Moving
    • EXERCISE: Answer Your Most Challenging Questions
  • Segment Ten Your Throughline Talk

    • FINAL PRACTICE TALK: Putting It All Together: Your Grand Finale


  • Smaller Class Sizes

    Other companies pack as many as 18 people into each session. We restrict our public speaking classes to 10 participants, ensuring more individualized attention for each attendee.

  • Deeper curriculum

    You’ll learn the most essential public speaking skills—but you’ll go deeper than the basics. We’ll teach you the subtle points that often get overlooked—but can make a huge difference.

  • Greater focus on your message

    Many group classes emphasize body language and delivery. While those skills are vitally important, they rely upon the quality of your ideas and messages. We’ll give you detailed feedback on both.

  • More Customization

    Rather than cookie-cutter classes that use generic improvised exercises, you can work on your real presentations, which you can send to us prior to the training day. And don’t worry if you don’t have a “real” talk to work with—we can provide you with an easy-to-use template.

  • Extensive practice and practical feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to practice, experiment, expand your range, and receive personalized feedback. There’s no delayed gratification here—you’ll be able to implement the feedback you receive immediately and watch your confidence soar as your skills grow in real time. We’ll give you the direct feedback you need to grow, but in the warm and encouraging environment you deserve.

  • Highly experienced trainers

    Since 2004, our trainers have helped speakers prepare for the world’s biggest stages, including TED, the World Economic Forum, and a presidential announcement speech. We’ve also worked on many smaller but vitally important “stages,” including one-on-one client meetings, staff presentations, and industry events. Whatever your speaking situation, we have the experience to help.


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 the class, you will learn through:

  • Practice presentations

    You’ll deliver several practice presentations during the class. 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 keep your attention.

  • Group discussion

    We’ll learn what matters to each individual in the room and modify the agenda in real time in small but meaningful ways to make your class experience as relevant to your real-life experience as possible.

  • Video examples

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


No other national company offers such personalized end-to-end service for their group public speaking class participants. If you invest in us, we’ll invest in you. Because we know “one and done” doesn’t work, our relationship extends long past the training day. After you leave our class, 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 interview, ask us to review a video of an interview you recently delivered, or anything else that would help you advance your learning.

  • 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.


Who can benefit from our classes?

Public speakers of all levels.

Throughline’s public speaking class was designed for anyone whose role requires them to engage in or prepare others for public speaking engagements, including:

  1. Staff meetings
  2. Client meetings
  3. Board presentations
  4. Community meetings
  5. Investor pitches
  6. Industry events
  7. Conferences
  8. …and many more

Our classes are perfect for public speakers of all levels. Beginners will get a framework they can apply to their future talks, and more experienced speakers will learn new techniques to help them refine their existing presentations. Whatever your starting point, the feedback you receive will help you improve upon your existing skill set.

Representatives from companies, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, individuals, and other groups will benefit from these sessions.

This class is not recommended for clients who require confidentiality. Please click here for more information about our private workshops, which include a non-disclosure agreement. Please note: we do not currently offer train-the-trainer sessions and reserve the right to turn down registrations intended for that purpose.

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