'Connect' with the people who matter Public Speaking Courses I Simon Bucknall

Simon delivering masterclass at Young MCA

Masterclasses with Simon in 2024 

For the past 16+ years, Simon has delivered practical, interactive and transformative Masterclasses for clients all over the world.

Format is tailored to suit your needs - small group, large group, 1-2hrs, half-day, full day or multi-day programmes.

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

Cambridge University Construction Engineering Master's Degree

What clients & participants say....

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 Alliance Of Her", Association of Liberals & Democrats in Europe


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

Camilla Wilkman, "Alliance Of Her" Masterclass participant, Potsdam, Germany


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

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


"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 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. 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 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)


"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."

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


"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 MENA, Deutsche Bank


"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)


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


"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 just wanted to say thank you for a truly amazing workshop at 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


"Massively improved my public speaking...It has helped develop my communication skills in ways that go far beyond addressing audiences. 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. Simon's counsel on the development of this model has been invaluable. He is a good friend of the college."

Matthew Batstone, former 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.

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


"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 'Business Storm' event team in Sofia, Bulgaria - 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                                                                                  

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Simon brought his vast experience to the subject of storytelling which he masters wholly. He skilfully guided members through his unique series of techniques for both developing and delivering business stories that, by definition, can belong only to each individual business concerned. An excellent morning and highly recommended.


 Gordon Bromley I Chairman, Surrey & SW London Academy for Chief Executives

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