Public Speaking Training - Presenting for Influence, Melbourne

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Bourke Place

Level 31, 600 Bourke Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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ICMI & Bernadette Schwerdt

Public Speaking Training - Presenting for Influence.

Presenting for Influence is a comprehensive public speaking training system for creating highly effective presentations. Based on rigorous study of the best public speakers in the world, this course shows you how to select your topic, tell powerful stories, and master your delivery. It will shorten your learning curve, save you years of trial and error and teach you the blueprint for creating a winning presentation.

What you’ll learn:

In this practical, hands-on workshop you’ll learn the strategies and tips for being brilliant at speaking. Speeches, sales presentations, media comments, job interviews, Q&A sessions, panels, and more – you’ll learn how to have influence whenever you speak.

Topics include:

  • Organising your message
  • Using storytelling techniques
  • Handling technical glitches
  • Speaker etiquette
  • Vocal projection
  • Mastering humour
  • Using body language
  • Conquering nerves
  • Building audience rapport
  • Stagecraft
  • Microphone technique
  • Using speaker notes
  • Memorisation techniques
  • Icebreakers
  • Delivering off-the-cuff presentations
  • Speech templates and structures

Who should attend:

  • Managers who need to present to their team or stakeholders
  • Speakers new to the industry wanting to gain confidence
  • Professional speakers wanting to learn some new ‘tricks’ to add to their suite of tools
  • Authors wanting to use speaking as a promotional tool

The Actor Factor:

  • All trainers have extensive business credentials and work as professional actors in film, stage and TV
  • Learn from those who get paid to persuade and those who speak for a living
  • Get trained by those who fully understand the demands of being professional presenters

Get seen by an ICMI Speaker Team:

All attendees will be given the opportunity to have their final speech presentation seen by an ICMI Speaker Booking Team. Please note however that attendance at the course is not a guarantee or undertaking that you will become an ICMI speaker.

What you’ll get:

  • One to one feedback
  • Personalised coaching
  • Video feedback
  • Customised learning plan for future development
  • An ebook – Top 10 Mistakes All Presenters Make When Speaking In Public
  • The opportunity to present to an ICMI Speaker Booking Team
  • Pre-workshop webinar video
  • 100% money-back guarantee - satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
  • A delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Number of people in the group:

  • We have a maximum of 12 people per group

What format do we use for coaching:

  • Video playback is used as a proactive and powerful tool for coaching. It definitely gets results.

Detailed Course Overview

Here’s what we’ll cover:


  • organising your message – what’s the moral of the story?
  • researching techniques – accessing facts, figures and images quickly and easily
  • preparing the room - setting yourself up for success
  • mindfulness and relaxation – essential tools for remaining calm and collected
  • delivering off the cuff presentations – tips and tricks to get you off the hook
  • using speech templates and structures – for creating instant presentations
  • writing ice-breakers and credibility statements – establishing your authority to speak
  • speaker etiquette – how to get tech crew, clients and fellow speakers on side


  • using archetypal storytelling templates – the art of influence and being memorable
  • measuring your effectiveness – how to tell if it’s working or not
  • mastering humour – get this wrong and you’ll never work again
  • tapping the power of persuasion – mastering the NLP of audiences
  • rehearsal and warm up exercises – how to prepare like a professional
  • speaker notes – to memorise or not?
  • stagecraft – take control of the space and make it work for you
  • microphone techniques - what to do, what not to do


  • conquering nerves – convert nervous energy into dynamic energy
  • handling technical glitches – contingency plans and scripts to cover every situation
  • making the most of your voice – increasing vocal power, articulation, range and tone
  • building audience rapport – tips for creating interaction and goodwill
  • body language – how to use your hands, how to stand
  • rehearsed gestures – how to use gestures and throw away your slide deck
  • eye contact – how to build a personal connection with audiences big and small


How can I book?

1. Online: click on the green 'Tickets' button above.

2. By phone: please contact ICMI by phone on (03) 9529 3711 or email icmi@icmi.com.au

3. Direct deposit: if you'd like to pay via direct deposit or pay via invoice, please contact us by phone on (03) 9529 3711 or email icmi@icmi.com.au

How do I contact the organiser?

If you have any questions or queries, or would like to book in multiple attendees, please contact ICMI by phone on (03) 9529 3711 or email icmi@icmi.com.au.

Refund policy

If you can’t make it, you are welcome to send another person in your place at no extra cost.

If you cancel within:

  • 30 days of the event, your enrolment fee will be fully refunded
  • 15-29 days, you will forfeit 50% of your enrolment fee
  • 14 days of the event, you forfeit 100% of your enrolment fee

Could the event be cancelled?

If registrations are insufficient, the event will be cancelled and you’ll be offered a place in our next course or a refund.

What to bring/wear?

All participants will receive a Fact Sheet on what to expect from the day, how to prepare etc.

Take a look at the trainer in action:

Watch Bernadette's TEDx talk here – 12 minutes.

Topic: How to succeed when you don’t know what you’re doing

Want to hear what past attendees said about the training? Watch here.

Learn more about ICMI here.

'Thanks so much for your great workshop yesterday. I gained a lot of value out of it, am considerably more confident of my public speaking skills and have a long list of tips and tools to assist me moving forward. Some of which I will also share with my team. I think you and Angela made a great team and worked through it really well on the day.' Michael Darby, Managing Director, Quantum United Management Pty Ltd

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