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Presentation Skills

Simon Bucknall, based in London UK and travelling internationally, offers a range of sessions to suit your team, audience or organisation.

Are you serious about taking your personal impact to a new level?

Got a 'reputation-critical' presentation to deliver?

Wanting to establish your credibility more effectively?

Had enough of feeling nervous every time you have to stand up and speak?


Invite Simon to deliver a course for you and your people!

  You or your team may be...

  •  Highly-experienced and looking to fine-tune your skills

  •  Freshly promoted and needing practical influencing skills for your new role

  •  Struggling with anxiety when you have to stand up and speak

  •  Wanting to be more impactful in your all-round communication


  Gain proven, practical tips and approaches enabling you to ...

  •   Manage nerves (and project confidence) when speaking under pressure

  •   Achieve impact EARLY - in presentations, meetings and interviews

  •   Reduce/eliminate filler words

  •   Cut out 'rambling' (and take effective action whenever you find yourself doing so)

  •   Achieve a greater level of sustained engagement with listeners

  •   Prepare presentations MUCH more efficiently and time effectively

  •   Handle challenging individuals during Q&A with greater authority - while staying polite

  •   Bring your ideas to life through storytelling, even if seemingly dry/technical

  •   Communicate with greater confidence and impact in a 2nd/3rd language

  •   And more!

Rest assured, Simon has done his 10,000+ hours in public speaking - and then some!



 High Impact Speaking is a SKILL not a gift - seriously
 Simple, practical changes PROFOUNDLY change your ability to achieve impact as a speaker
So, invite Simon for a morning, a full day or longer and YOU and/or YOUR PEOPLE will never see spoken communication in quite the same way again...

Simon Bucknall at Deutche Bank London

Simon Bucknall delivers an evening session on Public Speaking at Deutsche Bank Group London - November 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: Chivas Venture Said Business SChool

"Holding a neutral pose provides punctuation." Simon Bucknall

"If there's one man who can make public speaking sound easy, it's Simon Bucknall."

Chivas Venture

S. Chivas Venture 2018

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 and 2018 groups on public speaking skills.

May 24th 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!

"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


"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, HgCapital


"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."

Simon Bucknall

Clients include:

  • FTSE 100 executives
  • engineers
  • doctors
  • lawyers
  • finance executives
  • FMCG
  • Oil & Gas Sector
  • politicians
  • academics
  • MBA students
  • postgraduates
  • entrepreneurs
  • leaders in the not-for-profit sector


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Simon Bucknall delivering a masterclass at the European Women's Academy in the Truman House, Potsdam, Germany - June 2018

"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 - August 2018


"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, Party Campaign Consultant - November 2018


"Generated great feedback and strong engagement. Simon understands how to tackle communication issues that executives face."

Helen Stevens, President, INSEAD UK Alumni


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

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


Cambridge Engineering

Simon Bucknall delivering Communication Skills Masterclass

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 - November 2017


Simon Opening Speech TEDxLondon

Simon delivering opening speech "Why Public Speaking Should Be Taught In Schools"

at TEDxLondon, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London - July 2018

"Your training at Rosendale [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.

The training equipped me to speak, both publicly and privately, with greater assurance and poise. 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 (delivered retrospectively on Staff Training, Rosendale Primary School, West Dulwich, London) - March 2017


"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 - October 2017


"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 - January 2017


Simon at The Business Storm

Simon onstage answering questions from audience member at 'Business Storm' (developed by Prosperamo), Sofia, Bulgaria - September 2017

"Empowering. Enjoyable. Valuable. Brilliant course... my public speaking has improved, but general communication improved even more.

I would be much more comfortable standing up and presenting either formally or informally, both in terms of personal presence and how I would structure what I am going to say for maximum impact."

Richard Potts, DC Manager, GAC Logistics, Dubai, United Arab, Emirates


"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


The Business Storm team

Simon 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


"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 speaking and win over the audience."

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


High Impact Speaking


High Impact Speaking - The Executive's Online System

a comprehensive Online Coaching System for executives and professionals seeking greater impact through the spoken word...

"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

Cima    Capita GE Renewable Energy

What a pleasure to see such a professional in action. Simon is a class of his own. He is public speaking.


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

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