Presentation skills, TED-style

A one-day workshop

A very 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 masterclass for those who need to shock, wow and captivate!

Learning objectives

This workshop gives you a toolbox to deliver compelling and influential messages to the people you need to motivate. It will help you:

  • Understand what an audience needs from you
  • 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
  • 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

Who should attend?

Directors who are happy to work as a group in order to improve their presentation skills.


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.

Meet the trainer

This programme was designed, and is delivered, by one of our most popular trainers, Susie Ashfield.


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-style 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

Is this the right programme for you?

  • If you’ve got fellow directors with the same requirement and you’re happy to work as a group, then this workshop is the most cost-effective option.
  • If you’ve got a key presentation coming up, you might be better off with some one-to-one coaching sessions with Susie: see ‘The executive speaker’.
  • If you’re looking for one-to-one support in this area but there’s no immediate time pressure, then have a look at Susie’s other coaching proposition, ‘Presentation skills for directors’.
  • If none of the above, then perhaps you’d prefer an open workshop in London, delivered under the auspices of our sister company, Maximum Performance?

For a no-obligation discussion about running this workshop for your organisation on an in-house basis, just give us a call on 01582 463465.