The Mindset for Speaking Success

For many people, when they find out they need to give a presentation, host an online meeting or pitch to clients they feel nervous, worried or slightly sick. When the time comes to present, their face goes red, their mouth goes dry and their mind goes blank.

These internal worries and external physical symptoms are commonly caused by a negative, unhelpful state of mind. In our multi-award-winning system and book we refer to this state of mind as ‘Public Speaking Monkeys.’

How to adopt a positive, fear-free attitude

We are passionate about helping people to bring out their best. For all sorts of reasons, you can’t do that when the monkeys are in control. We will work with you to tame and train your Public Speaking Monkeys and adopt a new mindset for success.

Working one to one with a highly experienced trainer (either in person or virtually), in this tailored public speaking course you will be coached into developing a confident, constructive and positive attitude.

Watch our video testimonials to see and hear how our clients feel so confident after ‘taming their monkeys.’

How do I learn?

You can choose whether to do the course in person face to face or virtually. Both options will be individually taught, so it will just be you and your presentation skills coach.

What situations will it help me with?

Business presentations online and off e.g. boardroom presentations, pitching internal ideas, webinars, technical presentations, conference presentations, customer proposals and sales presentations, internal meetings, investment pitches, keynote speeches and more… (learn the principles of virtual presenting and for in-depth training on the subject, see our Virtual Presenting course).

How does the programme work?

You can choose to meet your coach in person or do the training virtually.

Face to face in person:

  • 1 x 60-minute coaching session (covering Parts 1 & 2)
  • 1 x full day at a convenient venue (covering Parts 3, 4 & 5)
  • 1 x post training video review with feedback from your coach
  • 4 weeks of email coaching support
  • Workbooks, exercises, practise and materials to support and embed learning
  • You’ll receive the book Taming Your Public Speaking Monkeys by Dee Clayton, which will enable you to learn our multi-award winning system more quickly and learn more on the themes

OR

Virtual training:

  • 4 x 90-minute virtual coaching sessions – live and interactive, covering Parts 1-5
  • 4 x post training video reviews with feedback from your coach
  • 4 weeks of email coaching support
  • Workbooks, exercises, practise and self-study materials to support and embed learning
  • You’ll receive the book Taming Your Public Speaking Monkeys by Dee Clayton, which will enable you to learn our multi-award winning system more quickly and learn more on the themes

Optional extra: Ideal for face to face and virtual learners (Part 6): 1 x 60-minute live post-training review via web call

Prerequisites: Before doing this course, you must have committed to Stage 1 Present With Confidence and Stage 2 Present Like a Pro.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Adopt new mindsets for speaking success so you think and feel differently about presenting and public speaking
  • Uncover why, at the thought of presenting, you feel like a quivering wreck
  • Prevent presentation stress, worry and nerves so you can sleep at night
  • Understand the root cause of your fear and concerns then apply lasting techniques to become a calm and confident speaker
  • Feel natural when presenting meaning you display calm and confident body language essential for securing audience rapport and trust
  • Speak without fear meaning your voice sounds clearer and louder making your message more influential
  • Apply your new-found confidence to other areas of life and work– not just to presenting, for example when networking and building relationships

Improve your public speaking confidence

This multi-award-winning 6-part system is perfect for nervous presenters, or people who dislike presenting, who want to get to the root of the problem and improve their confidence and delivery long term.

Here’s the course breakdown:

Part 1 – Where could your fear or concerns have originated from?

You’ll be invited to complete the ‘A Bit About You’ pre-session workbook (hard copy or e-version available). This means that in part 2 we’ll be more easily able to identify what the root cause of problems could be and how to tailor the session to you. The actual cause of your fear is not important, other than to understand why it developed and therefore how to let it go.

Part 2 – Catching your Public Speaking Monkeys

Here, you will discuss the findings in your workbook and through your coach’s experience and skilled questioning techniques we’ll discover even more about your issues around public speaking. By the end of this session both you and your coach will have a more in depth understanding of your individual situation, i.e. – what physical symptoms you show, such as shaking, going red or shortness of breath. We’ll discover when these symptoms do and do not appear (because they usually don’t happen in every situation).

You’ll then receive the book ‘Taming Your Public Speaking Monkeys’ by Dee Clayton. Your coach will guide you to the most relevant sections to help you get ahead of the game with your preparatory reading.

If you’re doing the virtual training, your (optional) home play will include creating a short video of your session realisations. This embeds what you have been taught, allows you to practice your new-found mindsets and habits and drives improvement as your coach provides constructive feedback.

Part 3 – Connecting with your Monkeys

By piecing together all the information gathered so far – and by tapping into your coach’s experience with other clients – together we’ll be able to pinpoint when, where and why your monkeys began. We call this ‘connecting’ with your monkey, and it is a vital stage on the path to success.

If you’re doing the virtual training, you will use what you’ve learnt in a short video and your coach will provide constructive feedback.

Part 4 – Challenging Your Monkeys

After understanding the situation fully and identifying the negative feelings you have about your presentation skills and abilities, together with your coach, you will unpick these negatives and begin to see which ones are totally untrue, which are partly true/exaggerated and which are genuine missing skills that would be useful to develop upon. (You may have already tried and failed at something similar yourself before, but this time it works because you’ve followed the system in parts 1-3 and you are being guided by your expert coach.) You may even come to realise how the monkey was (ironically) trying to help you – but he got a bit carried away and confused!

If you’re doing the virtual training, you will use what you’ve learnt in a short video, your coach will provide constructive feedback.

Part 5 – Creating new Helpful Monkeys that work for all situations

Now you no longer entertain those negative monkeys that were destroying your confidence, we need to replace those nagging doubts with more constructive self-talk. You’ll go through every scenario that would have worried you in the past, and test that the New Helpful Monkey is working to support you. You’ll develop an action plan to develop any missing skills identified previously and get ready to begin the next stage in your programme.

Whether you are doing the virtual or in person face to face training, you will be invited to show what you’ve learnt throughout the programme in a short finale review video. Your trainer will provide constructive feedback and highlight next steps.

Part 6 – Embedding the change

This session is an optional extra, but highly recommended. Once your monkey is tamed, it will be gone for good. But, for some, because they have had the monkey for so long, they not only need to change their mindset but they need a little extra help to change their habits. In this session we will help you to unstick those bad habits (which include never preparing, rushing through your presentation, focusing on the negatives of a situation, not volunteering to speak, among others). And we’ll develop a detailed plan of how to continue to improve on your habits long after the course has finished. To embed your new learnings you’ll create a short video, your coach will provide constructive feedback.

Feedback from previous delegates

“The training has helped with my calmness and breathing What I like most was the live feedback. The training will enhance my frequent presentations on the job. Highly recommend this to others.”
Alfie – Senior Bid Development Manager

“It pushed me out of my comfort zone, but not too far, I felt empowered to stand up and talk, not forced to. I believe in myself more and at least have body language to appear confident. Looking forward to what’s to come with rest of training” [Stages 2 & 3]
Abigail – Executive Assistant

“I know what to do with my body language, how to be clear with my voice and how to make my message simpler. I’ll use this when presenting to the management team and externally. Definitely recommend this to others”
Jeff – Sustainability leader


I was so, so looking forward to today, I got a few laughs and got my point across – I had some amazing feedback. I can’t believe how far I’ve come and if it weren’t for banishing the monkeys I would still be shying away! Thank you a million times to the moon and back! I have achieved things beyond my wildest dreams! Do not hesitate if you need help – fear can be conquered.

Claire Hartnell – Director ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Investment Price and Next Steps

When you invest in all three stages:

  • You are eligible for the Simply Amazing Bundles discounts
  • Learn how to eliminate all risk and benefit from our Value For Money Back Guarantee
  • You get to optimise the order of the stages for maximum learning – we recommend Stage 3 is taken between Stages 1 and 2

Sounds just what you need? Want to know more? Then get in touch today to discuss your situation and we’ll take you through step by step investment requirements, timelines, logistics and anything else you need to know.

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"I love it! "Bring it on"! Can you say that when you think about giving a presentation?

Dee’s presentation skills course was excellently received by the team. Every person who attended said they saw a huge difference in themselves and each other from the start of day 1 to the end of day 2. Dee’s 4MAT structure has also been hugely beneficial and is being used across the team, resulting in more concise presentations. Would highly recommend.

Category & Shopper Marketing Controller

Before I worked with Simply Amazing Training, even the thought of presenting made me suffer from panic attacks and made me feel physically unwell. During the mindset mentoring session we uncovered the “monkeys” as Dee calls them, that were causing the issues and I learnt how to turn them into more positive thoughts instead. In another session, I learnt the tricks on the structure and preparing a presentation which gave me lots of practice which was just as well because only a few weeks later I presented at an all company conference … I felt so much better about it than I ever have before – my monkeys were under control.

Credit Controller – Global Manufacturing Company

I must say that making that first contact was a big step for me and I am extremely pleased with the outcome. The course is very well structured and the techniques learnt invaluable in addressing public speaking fears. We developed a good 1:1 relationship quickly. I no longer shy away from opportunities to run meetings and present updates, in fact, I have since done several types of presentations with great success. I have made a big step forward and I feel so much happier and better within myself. I am about to change role and it was my increased confidence gained from this course that gave me the impetus to seek out a different opportunity.

Director – UK Consumer and Corporate bank

I decided I wanted to do motivational speaking, [The course] taught me how to structure a talk, what was my ethos, what I believed in, what were my core priorities in a talk … the things I needed to change I’ve changed … I’m happy with my talk. I thought it was full of energy, the reaction from the crowd was good [and I included] some of the key points suggested to help me so I’ve got no complaints. My confidence in how to structure a talk, how to be a speaker has grown and that’s just been working one to one.

Click here to see a short clip showing Michael Duberry motivational speaking and talking about his mentoring experience.

Michael Duberry – Ex-Professional Footballer
Now Motivational Speaker and coach

After the Pro training, I felt very much happier, more confident and enthusiastic about my presentations. I know how to prepare and structure presentations. I know I can present well because I know how to adapt my message to what the audience wants. I now use less unnecessary hand gestures [and when I do use my hands it is for more meaningful gestures]. I am speaking more slowly and pausing more regularly [hence] less stuttering. I really liked the immediate feedback correcting me instantly.

Richard Lee – Entrepreneur, Reporter at Sky
and Performance Coach

The mindset course on ‘monkey taming’ is brilliant. For the first time, I was able to dedicate time to thinking about the things that were holding me back. The techniques and style make the ‘monkey taming’ process simple and effective, and allowed me to change my mindset.

In the Pro session, we worked on a presentation that I was to deliver at a big industry event – understanding how to get the key messages out, connect with the audience better and ultimately feel more at home ‘on stage’. I was extremely happy with my delivery and received some excellent feedback from the delegates at the conference.

Most presentation courses you come away thinking “that was great” and then forget it all… this one changes you, for the better, forever.

Head of Category – FMCG

10/10 Better presentations! After seeing Dee speak at our annual conference I decided to sign up to her public speaking coaching lessons. I was not as confident as I’d liked to have been about preparing and delivering presentations. We tamed my ‘public speaking monkeys’ (as Dee calls them) and learnt advanced skills. Her unique approach really worked. I now feel much more confident, prepared and deliver clearer presentations. Highly recommended!

Operations Director – UK Serviced Offices Group

I took these programmes shortly before speaking at our annual conference and I had never spoken in public before. During the trainings, I learnt posture, better storytelling and how to speak with more pauses and less “ums”. We learnt how to present without even using PowerPoint and to easily remember what to say. Following the courses, I feel so much more prepared and clear and a lot less nervous. The conference talk went really well and everyone praised me on how well I’d done – I remembered everything I wanted to say without any slides at all.

Customer Services Manager – Global Manufacturing Company

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