As a leader you are defined not just by what you do but by what you say Communication Skills Experts

"They say ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’.

Nonsense. Both are important.

As A Leader You Are Defined Not Just By What You Do But By What You Say." Simon Bucknall

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BBC World News interviews Executive Speech Coach, Simon Bucknall - March 2016

The ability to present well is a must-have for any high potential leader with serious ambitions.  Being senior and knowledgeable is not what counts.  Possessing the skills to win the hearts and minds of key stakeholders is!

Despite this, too many audiences wish they were ‘somewhere else’. Usually this is because either:

  • the speaker comes across as cripplingly nervous

  • the speaker treats the presentation as a chore, not an opportunity

  • the speaker fails to appreciate that the presentation should be for the benefit of the audience, not the speaker!

Simon’s mission is to help tackle these issues - and support the growth of an ever greater population of more inspiring high impact leaders.

Because the world needs inspiration – and expects leaders to deliver it!

Public Speaking Should Be Taught In Schools

Simon Bucknall at TEDxLondon: Public Speaking Should Be Taught In Schools! - July 2018

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Simon Bucknall opening speaker at TEDxLondon, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London - July 2018


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Simon Bucknall coaching the 5 Chivas Venture Finalists for their media interviews - Amsterdam, May 2018

They are from Spain, Malaysia, USA, Netherlands and UK. The big pitch to 2,500+ in the audience at the European TNW Tech. Conference resulted in $1 million divided amongst the 5 social entrepreneurs.

1st Place: Cemal Ezel, Change Please. Congratulations to all!

"In 2018, Simon coached me with public speaking, style, helped write my pitch ...gave me every imaginable tip to manage my nerves, present with esteem, conviction and win over the audience ...I cannot recommend him more highly to any CEO or senior executive looking to perfect their public speaking and win over an audience."

Cemal Ezel, Founder of Change Please, 2017 UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Global Winner of The Chivas Venture, 2018 - May 2018



Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking 2017 Vancouver

"In helping us prepare for a series of investor-critical presentations, Simon worked one-to-one with our entire team of speakers over several months.

He made a huge difference, helping them speak with a confidence I've not seen before. Key stakeholders from the audience made a point of commenting on how impressed they were by the value and impact of the presentations.

Simon has made a significant and permanent difference to our people's effectiveness as speakers."

Nic Humphries, Senior Partner, HgCapital, London - July 2017


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Simon Bucknall delivering high impact opening keynote to 600+ audience members at IGD Leading Edge Annual Conference, Queen Elizabeth ll Centre, Westminster, London, September 2017


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High Impact Speaking - The Executive's Online System

a comprehensive Public Speaking Programme for busy executives and anyone who needs to improve their skills...

"I can't thank you enough. Working through this video program has made a huge difference to my speaking. After my conference presentation, I had so many executives telling me, 'I want you to come and work for my organization'. It just goes to show the power of impactful speech...I can't count how many people told me my presentation was THE best."

Senior Brand Manager for a global consumer products business

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 Simon's masterclass on pitching and effective communication attracted over 60 MBA's and other post-graduate students from across Oxford during the exam period ... testament to how valuable people thought it was. I would recommend it to anyone, especially mid-career professionals, looking to enhance their ability to communicate their ideas with conviction.


Soushiant Zangenehpour | Manager, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford

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