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High Impact Speaking Courses 

Simon Bucknall, High Impact Speaking Expert, International Speaker, Coach & Facilitator, based in London UK.

If you're looking for Open Courses, click here.

If you're considering in-house options, read on...  

"I just wanted to put on record our warmest thanks for the fabulously informative and spirit-uplifting session today.

One bit of feedback already in: "I looooooooved that!" So the oomph point hit home with someone!

It really was just what I was hoping for. Best wishes."

Dr Catherine Paxton, Divisional Registrar, Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford - March 2020

When it comes to delivering interactive group sessions, Simon has done his 10,000 hours and then some.

Cambridge University Construction Engineering Master's Degree

Construction Engineering Master's degree

Working this week, March 2020, with both CEM Cambridge cohorts remotely - offering 1st year students an introduction to effective presentation skills and delivering tailored feedback on 2nd year students' dissertation presentations. Where there's a will - there's a way!

For more than a decade, he has delivered practical, interactive and transformative sessions for clients all over the world.

Format is tailored to suit your needs.

Typical desired outcomes include the ability to... 

  • Project confidence and "gravitas", even if you don't feel confident

  • Get your message across more clearly, concisely and impactfully 

  • Pitch an idea, product or service in a way that truly engages the attention of the listener

  • Save significant time in the preparation - too much time is wasted on ineffective rehearsal

  • Bring ideas and/or dry content to life through storytelling

  • Cut the rambling

  • Master the art of handling the Q&A session


Simon delivering masterclass at Young MCA            MCA             

Masterclass in Communication for ambitious, young consultants in London, June 2019.


The ability to engage a listener is a SKILL not a gift.
Simple, practical improvements in spoken communication PROFOUNDLY enhance your impact as a leader.

Simon Bucknall, Executive Speech Coach, at Deutche Bank London

An evening session on Public Speaking at Deutsche Bank Group London, 2018

What others say....

"People in leadership positions have to take this course."

Mahmoud Jamjoom, Joint MD, Jamjoom Pharmaceuticals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


"I would say that Simon has changed something in my life. His course is one I have been waiting for a long time."

Othman Khalid Al Otaibi, Lawyer, Laws2U, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


"The best course I have ever attended. I definitely recommend it."

Rashid Salem Al Saedi, Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, United Arab Emirates


"In the last 10 years I have never devoted so much time to a course as this one.

This is due to the quality of the presenter, Simon, who was extremely impressive as a speaker and also very personable, genuinely interested in helping participants, which made the experience enjoyable." 

Nadeem Masud, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Middle East & North Africa, Deutsche Bank



High Impact Storytelling at The Chivas Venture Accelerator Week for finalists hosted by Said Business School Oxford - March 2018


Simon Bucknall

27 people seeking to change the world - Finalists from hundreds of global social entrepreneur applicants on Accelerator Week, The Chivas Venture, Said Business School, University of Oxford - March 2018

Simon delivered masterclasses and coached several contestants from the Chivas Venture 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 groups on public speaking skills.

May 2018 he coached the 5 ultimate finalists prior to each delivering their pitches to an audience of 2,500+ in Amsterdam resulting in $1 million awarded between them. First place: Cemal Ezel, Change Please. Congratulations to all!

May 2019 he also coached the finalists - Congratulations to Javier Larragoiti, Founder of XiliNat, Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, Mexico, Global Winner of The Chivas Venture, 2019

"Thank you for your incredible contribution to the Chivas Venture 2018 - from the initial inspiration during the Accelerator Programme in Oxford, all the way through to the Final Stage in Amsterdam.

I was blown away by how the Top 5 Chivas Venture finalists stepped up in front of 2,500+ people, following their work with you."

Laurence Mainaud, Global Brand Manager, Chivas Venture - May 2018


"I first worked with Simon to create a personal impact programme that has been so successful that we are now running the event for a sixth time."

Kathryn Stubley, Event Executive, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


"THANK YOU again for last week's sessions. What I've appreciated most has been the increased thought the team has been putting into how they come across and what they say.

Colleagues in other teams have already commented on the improvement in both skills and confidence."

Emma Truswell, Deputy Head of Services, Open Data Institute (ODI)


"Very interactive - the tone you set meant audience members were really engaged.

I can understand why you get such great feedback for these sessions!"

Pauline Isherwood, Learning and Development Manager, Shell plc


"Simon really inspired our teams in the UK and USA, helping them become more compelling with customers."

Adam Hale, CEO, Fairsail


"Effective presenting is about inspiring some form of change on the part of the audience."

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Simon Bucknall, Public Speaking Expert

A masterclass at the European Women's Academy at The Truman House, Potsdam, Germany

"THANK YOU so much for your recent session in Germany.

It gave me so much and I've already had the opportunity to use what I have learnt. I had a big test in Poland last week when I had a one hour presentation to deliver. Applying your tips gave me the feeling of greater respect from the audience. I also got very positive feedback afterwards.

I'm so looking forward to learning more when we next meet, in Brussels!"

Camilla Wilkman, Participant, EWA Masterclass in the Truman House, Potsdam, Germany


"During his sessions in both Brussels and Potsdam, Simon quickly established a strong connection with all of the EWA participants. In addition to providing technical guidance, Simon enabled the EWA participants to discover their own  unique motivation and courage to speak more confidently, powerfully and effectively.

In over 20 years of working in international politics and training candidates, I have never seen a more remarkable improvement in speaking abilities in such a short amount of time."

Ian Marquardt, Director of the European Women's Academy, ALDE


"Generated great feedback and strong engagement. Simon understands just how to tackle a number of the communication issues that senior executives face throughout their careers."

Helen Stevens, President, INSEAD UK Alumni Association


"Thank you for a wonderful session. Feedback is frighteningly good!"

Joseph Wilkes, Associate Director Careers, Executive MBA & MBA, Hult International Business School, London


Simon Bucknall, Presentation Skills Coach

Enjoying a Communication Skills Masterclass at The Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

"Fantastic, inspirational and spot-on stuff we need to improve our communication."

Mary Lou Masko, Course Director, Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge


"The Blavatnik School of Government [University of Oxford] is dedicated to a world better led, served and governed. These aspirations depend on a deep ability to communicate and connect and we are incredibly fortunate to have Simon guiding us on a range of techniques and skills.

His experience, counsel and passion are all hugely appreciated by decision makers from across 70 different countries."

Oliver Blake, Director and Co-Founder, Blake Evans & Co


"I had the great pleasure of following Simon Bucknall's public speaking training at University of Oxford recently. What a pleasure to see such a professional in action. I have followed public speaking trainings before, including for when I was running for a seat in parliament.

But Simon is in a class of his own. He is public speaking.

We left the training empowered and we can't wait to put his lessons into practice."

Gerhard Mulder, 2017 Executive MBA Candidate, Said Business School, University of Oxford


"I just wanted to say thank you for a truly amazing workshop at LBS [London Business School]. During my eight years at different universities, we received several presentation and communication trainings but this was by far the best and most useful one."

PhD student, London Business School


"Your training at Rosendale [for school staff] was excellent and massively improved my public speaking. It has helped develop my communication skills in ways that go far beyond addressing audiences.

Simon's approach has helped me structure and express my ideas in a concise and clear way.

Even four years on, it remains the most useful training I have ever had at work - the impact on my career has been huge."

Joe Halloran, Computing Teaching and Learning Consultant, London


"Simon has run presentation classes at New College of the Humanities for four years. His seminars are consistently amongst the most popular and useful parts of the student experience at NCH.

The NCH model is very unusual for a university in that it blends a conventional academic programme with development of the capabilities that will be required by students on graduation.

Simon's counsel on the development of this model has been invaluable. He is a good friend of the college."

Matthew Batstone, Dean of Careers, New College of the Humanities, London


"I attended Simon's public speaking coaching sessions at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Simon led by example and provided clear tips on structure, inserting words, leading with stories and stance.

Now I can sense the distinct uptick in engagement in a room of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. I can also prepare far more comfortably around my key messages and theme.

I hope to keep practicing and coming back for more sessions to continue progressing."

Tarun Varma, Pershing Square Scholar, University of Oxford, 1+1 MBA, MSc Child Development and Education Fellow 2011, Teach for India


Simon Bucknall, High Impact Speaking Expert

Onstage answering questions from audience members at 'Business Storm', an event held in Sofia, Bulgaria.


"Extremely helpful. Helped me identify flaws in my delivery which I never thought existed."

Nauman Ahmed, Senior Manager, Unilever

Business Storm

The Business Storm in Bulgaria

"Personally speaking, very few trainers that I've come across have impressed me.

Simon Bucknall's sessions not only impress but also bring that change in a personality that you always thought was lacking... he is a guaranteed booster to your confidence."

Rizwan Ali, Media Manager, Engro Foods Limited, Pakistan


"Amazing masterclass that allowed me to improve my communications skills and raise self-confidence while public speaking. Great thank you to Simon and KA Group."

Strategic Insight Manager, JTI, Ukraine


Simon Bucknall and Business Storm team

With the incredible 'Business Storm' team (developed by Prosperamo)

Sofia, Bulgaria - September 2017

"Simon, you have this amazing ability to captivate the audience that makes your sessions such a pleasure to attend!

I thoroughly enjoyed the session and picked up some very useful tips to improve my presentation skills; the feedback from my colleagues has been extremely positive as well."

Harijot Chauhan, Director, Human Resources, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Capita         GE Renewable Energy        Cima                                                           

For Further Information Contact Simon | +44 (0)7834 083500 or complete ENQUIRY FORM

In 2018, Simon coached me with public speaking, style, helped write my pitch, and gave me every imaginable tip to manage my nerves, present with esteem, conviction and win over the audience - with his help I went on to pitch to 3,000 people and win the World Social Enterprise competition. 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

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