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Simon Bucknall: Speaker for Schools

Young people who master their speaking skills gain a decisive edge - not just in their GCSE English but as school leaders, in the classroom, at interview and in their careers and lives beyond.

"In life, there are so many moments where our ability to communicate effectively, confidently and with intent is so important.

So how come we don't teach it in schools?"

Simon Bucknall

Simon Bucknall, Opening Speaker,  TEDxLondon

Opening Speaker, TEDxLondon, Beyond Borders - July 2018

'Why Public Speaking Should Be Taught In Schools'

[If you'd like to see the TEDx video it's live next door on the Keynotes page]

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Finalist (of 30,000+ Speakers across 140+ countries)

The World Championship of Public Speaking 2017, Vancouver, Canada



Delighted to deliver sessions to Greek and international students attending the Oxford Global Summit for Young Leaders 2019 at Byron College in Athens, a unique international educational event aimed at developing the skills required to become future leaders and innovative thinkers.

Attendees were immersed in a program of keynote speeches, seminars and workshops designed to motivate and stimulate students from across the disciplines to become critical thinkers.

"I had the pleasure of working with Simon in July 2019 during the Oxford Global Summit for Young Leaders - a conference which my team and I organised together with Byron College in Athens, Greece.

Simon's lecture was outstanding. He captured the students' (as well as the faculty's) attention with his dynamic and interactive style of teaching. He truly listens to the audience and makes his teaching personal and stimulating!

Fantastic teacher and speaking expert. Heartily recommend."

Ti Xu, Physicist, Educator, Entrepreur, Innovation Programme Manager - January 2020

Based in the UK, Simon offers a limited number of communication skills talks to secondary schools each year, to help pupils build confidence and improve their interview performance and all-round personal impact.

Benefits for students include:

  • improved powers of persuasion and influence
  • a sense of greater confidence in conversations
  • improved performance in job/university interviews
  • the ability to build rapport with others more effectively.

With a vast array of public speaking experience, Simon knows how to engage a young audience - be assured, bring Simon in and he'll have your students on the edge of their seats...

"Large numbers of students went out of their way to thank me for inviting such a fantastic speaker in; they learnt a huge amount about public speaking and were gripped by both the material and the warmth with which it was delivered...thank you."

Dr Langdon, Head of University Admissions and the Sixth Form Lecture programme, Kingston Grammar School

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Simon Bucknall places 1st in the Semi Final

The World Championship of Public Speaking 2017, Vancouver, Canada

An Oxford University graduate, Simon has worked with pupils in more than 90 schools across the UK helping them develop the confidence and personal impact skills they need to succeed. Previously, he was an in-demand Associate Trainer for the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.


Displaying the power of emotion in delivering a winning speech!

Working with Simon, young people gain vital communication skills demanded by today's universities and employers - at Oxbridge interview, in group work and as future leaders. His sessions also directly benefit students working towards the best possible grade in GCSE English 'Speaking & Listening'.

"I am always looking for speakers who can genuinely present well and engage audiences and Simon did not disappoint. I will certainly invite him back. The learning was effortless and great fun."

Kerri Fox, Head of Sixth Form, Wycombe Abbey School                                         

Simon Bucknall delivering speech

Placing 2nd in The World Championship of Public Speaking Finals 2017

Vancouver, Canada (strange haircut & wearing his old school tie - shhh! Ed.) 

"Very many thanks for keeping a captive audience of 200+ teenagers enthralled - I have had a stream of enthusiastic praise for the session to pass on to you!"

Maria Trafford, Teacher of English, The John Lyon School, Harrow on the Hill, London - September 2018


Further Benefits:

  • contributing more in class
  • tips for handling nerves when under pressure
  • a sense of greater confidence and self-esteem
  • practical techniques for getting your point across
  • a clearer mindset for college/university/job interviews impact.

Simon Bucknall, Speaker for Schools

Delivering Interactive keynote to pupils in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School


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Simon Bucknall is a professional speaker, coach and facilitator. He specialises in helping high-achieving people through the spoken word.

"Simon shared some interesting personal anecdotes and some very useful tips which really resonated with our audience. First and foremost, he reassured everybody that public speaking is a skill and not a gift and that, therefore, it can be learnt and perfected. He explained how in an interview scenario the interviewee is not tested on the knowledge transferred but rather on their ability to access what is relevant to answer the question and highlighted the importance of being able to structure an answer on the spot. His final piece of advice for public speaking was 'make a point to tell a story or tell a story to make a point'." Francis Holland School


Keynote Speaker - Simon Bucknall

"When you speak, spelling doesn't matter!" Simon Bucknall

Sessions available include:

  • Keynote Talk for a School Year Group (up to 60 mins)
  • Oxbridge/University Interview Skills Workshop (up to 2 hrs)
  • Public Speaking Demystified - A Masterclass (up to 1-day)

Simon Bucknall


"Simon led two workshops for our Oxbridge candidates. He really made them think about how they engage with their subject and helped them to improve their interview technique. The pupils learned much and were inspired to continue their own preparation.

Many thanks again for your help."

Mark Beet, Head of Modern Languages, Bromsgrove School


Bedford School               Bromsgrove School             Francis Holland School             Kingston Grammar School  Queenswood School   Roedean School                 St Georgs's College, Weybridge                                The John Lyon School                  The King's School, Grantahm  Wetherby School        Whitgift School                       Wycombe Abbey School          Byron College logo



Bedford School, Bromsgrove School, Byron College, Francis Holland School, Kingston Grammar School, Queenswood, Roedean, St. George's College, The John Lyon School, The King's School Grantham, Wetherby School, Whitgift, Wycombe Abbey

Visiting Fellow in Professional Skills at the New College of the Humanities, London

Adjunct Faculty Member at Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Visiting Fellow in Professional Skills at the Laing O'Rourke Centre, University of Cambridge

Simon Bucknall

Running a lively session with Laing O'Rourke Cambridge University Engineers

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

 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)

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