September 2, 2016

Presentation and Public Speaking Courses



Course Tutors Sean Lyons, Justin McCarthy and Anthony Garvey

Become a Confident and Persuasive Presenter

To book your place, contact Anthony Garvey on 087 79 79 2 79 or email him at

Three award-winning speakers and presenters Anthony Garvey, Sean Lyons and Justin McCarthy, will deliver an 8-week Presentation and Public Speaking Course in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry.

The course will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Saturday morning beginning on Saturday, 11th March 2017 and finishing on Saturday, 29th April 2017.

In each two-hour session, participants will get the chance to practice and improve their presentation skills in a safe and encouraging environment.

Each week we will listen to and learn from some of the world’s best speakers. We will look at presentation structure and how to develop an engaging opening for a speech or presentation, and look at how you can use stories to emphasise and personalise key points.

We will look at your organisation in more detail and advise how they might promote themselves more effectively to a wider audience. And you will have a clearer view of your organisation’s unique messages and be able to communicate them more consistently.

Each week (from week 3 to week 6) two/three course participants will give a 4 minute speech or presentation to the class.  This will be followed by 2 minutes of feedback from the course presenters.  All participants will have spoken by the end of week 6.

During week 8, all course participants will speak for 4 minutes, using the techniques they have learned during the course and the feedback from the course tutors on their earlier presentations.  These speeches will be filmed and uploaded to a password-protected Vimeo website where the participants alone can view their endeavours at their leisure and listen to evaluations of their performance from their course tutors.

When will the course run?

From 10.30 am – 12.30 pm on Saturday, 11th March 2017 until Saturday, 29th March 2017.

Course Numbers:

The course is strictly limited to 12 people.

Where will we hold it?                                                                                                                   

Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee

How much is it?

Cost is €495 for the 8 week course.

Course Support

Lecture materials will be provided by email. Video uploads of final speeches with commentary and evaluations will be provided for participants on a password-protected Vimeo website. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Structure of course:


Week 1:  

First Session: Introduction (Anthony Garvey, Sean Lyons, Justin McCarthy) 10.30 a.m.

Meet the course tutors and learn about their backgrounds and experience.  Hear from the participants their reasons for attending and discover more detail about the course content.

Second Session: Build a winning structure for your presentation (Anthony Garvey) 11.30 a.m.

Anthony will share with you the techniques necessary to structure your speech to get from a blank sheet of paper to a fully blown speech or presentation. He will cover the importance of an effective opening and powerful closing and how to build a structure to develop the heart of your speech.


Week 2:  

First Session: How to add humour to your presentations (Sean Lyons) 10.30 a.m.

Sean will advise you when and how to add appropriate and well-judged humour as a powerful tool to sell your message and deliver your presentation in a more memorable style.

Second Session: Ten tips for giving a speech or presentation (Anthony Garvey) 11.30 a.m.

Anthony will walk you through everything you need to do to make your speech or presentation successful, with a checklist for preparing in advance, how to deal with unexpected issues that arise and post-speech and presentation contact.


Week 3:  

First Session: How to manage nerves and tackle stage fright (Justin McCarthy) 10.30 a.m.

Even the most seasoned speakers are nervous before a big speech.   Justin will teach you some tried and tested tips and techniques to manage your nerves so you can concentrate on delivering your speech.

Second Session: Clear and Effective Delivery (Sean Lyons) 11.30 a.m.

One of the keys to making your presentations more memorable is how you deliver your message!  You will learn from Sean some techniques to improve your performance, some exercises to help improve your vocal projection and Sean will encourage you to vary your voice, including pausing, to emphasise effectively key messages in your speech.


Week 4: 

First Session: Designing persuasive PowerPoint presentations (Justin McCarthy) 10.30 a.m.

Giving an effective PowerPoint presentation requires preparation and skill.  Learn how to deliver a knockout business presentation from Justin using PowerPoint.

Second Session: Creating and delivering memorable sales presentations (Anthony Garvey) 11.30 a.m.

Course participants will learn from Anthony how to make memorable sales presentations and how to tailor your approach during a sales process, leaving business pitches with the winning result.


Week 5: 

First Session: Message development for your speech (Sean Lyons) 10 a.m.

Sean will explain the process of developing key messages for your speech or presentation and will suggest how best you can structure those ideas to help the audience remember what you said.

Second Session: Connecting with audience (Justin McCarthy) 11 a.m.

Whether you are presenting to a small group of 20 or a large group of 200, Justin will walk you through the many tactics you can use to ensure that your presentation achieves the desired response.


Week 6: 

First Session: Thinking on Your Feet (Anthony Garvey) 10.30 a.m.

Anthony will focus on impromptu speaking and explain how to be spot-on with your performance when given a short time or no time at all to prepare.

Second Session: Different Styles for different presentations (Sean Lyons) 11.30 a.m.

You may be delivering an elevator pitch at a networking event, pitching your services during a sales call, or speaking at a small business conference. Sean will steer you safely through these very different types of presentations which are all important for small business owners.


Week 7: 

First Session: Using Developing Technologies in your presentations (Justin McCarthy) 10.30 a.m.

Learn from Justin about the suitability of prezie, powtoon, Haiku Deck and more and discover what you need to remember if you are presenting a webinar on Skype or via video conferencing.

Second Session: Running effective meetings and building group consensus (Sean Lyons) 11.30 a.m.

Learn how to plan, participate in and run effective meetings that use time wisely and achieve their objectives. Discover how to build consensus even where there appears to be significant disagreement.


Week 8: 

First Session: Positively engage with the media (Anthony Garvey) 10.30 a.m.

Learn how you can generate media coverage for your organisation from your presentations through some simple, replicable techniques.  And discover the importance of staying on message.  Learn from Anthony how everything from your talking points for an interview to the visuals you create for an event, should all align to support your core message.

Second Session:  4 minute Presentations from all course participants 11 a.m.


 To book your place, contact Anthony Garvey on 087 79 79 2 79 or email him at