"I took part in Ascential’s Public Speaking Accelerator ahead of our annual conference. While I deliver a lot of classroom-based training courses, I only present to large groups a few times a year so I thought this would be a great opportunity to take my public speaking skills to the next level and deliver a talk that could have a real impact at the conference and beyond.
While the course was intense (particularly on top of my day job), it has been a brilliant experience and has completely changed my approach to public speaking. I’ve learned about talk structure, built a bank of stories that I can use in future talks and my confidence to present has improved significantly.
Alex’s coaching was outstanding; he delivered his sessions with real credibility and warmth and the feedback I’ve had since delivering the talk has made the whole process very rewarding."
Nancy Parks, People Director, Ascential
"Alex delivered a powerful storytelling Lunch and Learn for the Black Employee Network at Adobe.
It was one of the best workshops I’ve attended and I've walked away with practical skills on how to make an impact.
More importantly, the realisation that telling a story is not that complicated when you know how! Highly recommend!"
Dawn Osbourne, Founder & Chair of Black Employee Network EMEA, Adobe
"I recently became Chief People Officer at Flo Health and reached out to Alex to help me nail my public debut at their company All-Hands. By the end of our first session we had created a talk outline, which immediately lowered my stress levels. We then worked together to strengthen the message so it would land with maximum impact on the day. With the presentation created, our focus turned to the performance. I learnt how to deliver pre-planned content authentically and practiced until I was ready to ace the talk. And I did… I've had messages come through from members of the team that have never met me before! Alex is an exceptionally talented communication coach and I can’t wait to take the lessons that I have learnt into my next speech. I'll be recommending working with Alex to our leadership team on future public engagements in the wider industry."
Ann Roberts, Chief People Officer, Flo Health
"Alex has had a huge impact on my relationship with public speaking - it’s something that has filled me with fear since childhood and not letting my nerves get the better of me has always been a challenge. Having started at a new company at the end of last year, speaking at events has become a regular occurrence and Alex came highly recommended as the person that could help me prepare for the challenge. Alex has put me through a tailored programme that has transformed my confidence on stage. My delivery has improved significantly and I’m now equipped with core coping mechanisms to help me deal with my nerves in the lead up to events. Most importantly though, I’ve smashed every speaking engagement since!"
Claire Palmer, Senior Vice President - Silicon Valley Bank
"Being coached by Alex, in preparation for my TEDx talk was like being coached by me! Every trick I use with clients was turned on me. Alex's only goal was to get the best result and performance and he doesn't hold back. I was often met with encouragement of 'that's good' closely followed by 'but you can make it better, go back and think about x,y and possibly z! Inspiring me to dig really deep while wrestling with my talk concept. My rehearsal wasn't in a comfortable quiet room but in Hyde Park at speakers corner with crowds of people stopping, filming and creating a precarious setting testing me fully. When I took the TEDx stage I was prepared. If you want an easy ride then Alex is not the coach for you but if you want to really improve then look no further”
Leon Taylor, Olympic Medalist, speaker and Executive Coach
"I went into this intending to just 'get better' at public speaking, but I've come out with with far more than that; not least, the headline spot at TEDxCamden. Frankly, Alex is remarkably intelligent, both brutal and constructive, and made me rewrite my talk so many times I almost gave up. Yet he spent tons of time helping me refine it and it's now something I'm really proud of. On top of that, I've learned presentation skills, body language, timing, and how to connect with an audience. Everyone in the cohort gives feedback to one another too, which has been really valuable. The course moves at a fast pace and Alex pushes you hard, however I can honestly say that it's been one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences I've had professionally by a considerable distance."
Dan Murray-Serter, Founder of Heights and the Secret Leaders Podcast
"Alex is an incredible speaker coach and this course provided rigorous, hands-on insight into how to deliver a great speech. From choosing a theme, structuring, writing and refining content; all the way through to the stage. Whilst delivered 'remotely' and with a number of other participants on the course, I really felt like I was able to benefit from his thorough individual attention - he made himself available for calls and provided a huge amount of specific, one-to-one feedback. I found the experience very challenging... in a great way. It has given me critical tactical strategies for pursuing more public speaking - plus the all-important confidence I was probably lacking to put my head above the parapet on a subject matter I feel strongly about, but was somewhat reluctant to jump into. I'm 'all in' now."
Jess Butcher MBE, Co-Founder, Blippar