Public speaking can be daunting at the best of times. But a hostile or unfamiliar audience, environment or occasion carries its own set of challenges.

Eloquence is our public speaking and advocacy skills programme for people who need to speak confidently in a legal or governance context. The course was originally designed by cultural change consultant and transformation navigator, Gai Roper of Corporate Spirit, and actor and leadership and communications expert, David McCubbin of coup.

Eloquence complements the I, Witness courses, and is recommended for key and nervous witnesses. Eloquence is more generic: rather than focussing specifically on courtroom familiarisation or mock cross examination, it deals with barriers and helps people become more conscious of how they themselves react under pressure. Eloquence will also benefit lay litigants, CEOs or company directors delivering unwelcome news and people who may have to front up to regulators, select committees or Senate hearings.

The cross-disciplinary skills and attitudes that we work with are influenced by the budo or warrior tradition of Japan, the performance disciplines of the theatre, the mind training of sports psychology, insights into human motivation from developmental psychology and more recent work in neurophysiology.

For more detailed information, please download our Public Speaking and Advocacy Skills brochure here.

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? 
This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.. –
Jerry Seinfeld