Training and speaking is my job, and it’s much more than that… It’s my (and Kate’s) total passion. Speaking to audiences across the world and seeing those inspired to take massive action really excites me. I haven’t always been a speaker though… I certainly wasn’t born with the skills to present to large groups. Far from it…
My Mum tells me I used to hide behind her whenever visitors came into the house, and I remember at school being petrified, to the point of wetting myself when asked to read out loud in class… I struggled with shyness and it didn’t make me a popular child.

I learnt how to speak and present when I was 18 years old. To be honest, it came out of necessity. I had to talk my way out of and into a lot of things. I had to present a case to my Mum and Dad explaining what I was going to do with my life after failing my A Levels… I had to present to Plymouth University and beg them to give me a place onto a Engineering degree… I confidently talked my way into Deloitte’s and joined them as a consultant after finishing university. I then spoke in front of their clients all over the world… It wasn’t until I discovered NLP though that I learnt ‘how to speak and present’ properly and began to understand how to inspire a group of people and ‘train’ rather than ‘teach’… These skills led me onto doing what I do today and I love to pass these skills onto others.

Our presenting and speaking skills can always be developed too. A friend of mine recently presented, in French, at TED Talks: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sFk4euDZys) and this inspired me to develop my skills further. I recently enrolled on a 6 month programme with a ‘comedy trainer’ who is helping me understand comedy and how to add in humour into my presentations. I love to make an audience laugh and enjoy seeing people having fun while they learn. I find a key ingredient to learning is ‘Fun’, even though much of what we train can be quite complex – it was for me when I first started to learn about Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) anyway, but then I only have one GCSE grade C in Biology, and I only got this because I knew all of the answers to the questions about women’s anatomy…

Today, when I’m working with a new business, I always recommend that the owner of the business develop some presenting skills. I find speaking and presenting to be the best forms of Marketing. Engaging an audience is by far a better way to market yourself and your business compared with any other style of marketing…

So why tell you this? Well, Kate and I are honoured to host a 4 day workshop this October (7th to 10th) with the guru of ‘body language’ Michael Grinder. Michael’s workshop is entitled ‘Presentation Skills, Group Dynamics and Charisma’ and it’s aimed at those, like myself, who want to learn more about how to train and speak. The workshop is likely to be a sell out and we only have 4 places left. If, like me, you see the value of being able to speak to large and small groups, you must attend. Having experienced Michael’s training in the past, I can’t wait to learn more from him. Kate and I are going to the course as delegates to learn from Michael and we are as excited as the others attending the course. You can learn more about the workshop here: http://www.tobyandkatemccartney.com/courses/presentation-skills/

Kate and I hope to see you there…

Finanlly, I recently spoke at The Yes Group – a group of Anthony Robbins supporters in London and would love to receive your feedback on this talk. Your feedback will help me become a better speaker. If you have a few minutes, please comment below and let me know what you think.