A lot of the people who enquire about our courses are interested in becoming professional motivational speakers – not all of them, but a significant amount of them. So we started to look into courses designed specifically for motivational speaker training in London.
Personal development and starting your own business are huge trends right now. We figured that you could easily spend hours searching through your various options, weighing the pros and cons of each course, and trying to find the one that fits your needs the best.
So we decided we’d do all of that time-consuming work for you, and the result is this guide. We hope you find it useful, and hopefully it saves you some time scouring the web. Onwards!
The Top 5 Motivational Speaking Courses in London
5. International School of Communication: Presentation Training and Public Speaking
£1314 | Two day course | View course
This course is designed to teach its participants how to become better public speakers and create visual presentations to enhance the delivery of a speech.
However, this course really only has one module that is specific to public speaking, the rest are all presentation focused. So maybe not ideal for those of you looking to hone your speaking skills.
From the looks of their course outline, the majority of your time will be spent practicing as opposed to learning public speaking techniques. Of the 8 modules, 4 of them are practice sessions, and there’s even a fifth module on “Refining, finalising and rehearsing a presentation” (so… another practice session).
This might be great if you’re someone who learns best from repeated practice, but with little time allocated to learning new skills, it’s hard to determine how much real improvement could be made.
I think the thing that throws me off the most about this course, though, is that the reviews are really vague and minimal!
That being said, this course is short and intensive – ideal for busy professionals. It could also be a great option for anyone looking to improve their speaking skills specifically for a workplace environment – whether that’s your own workplace where you’re required to deliver presentations, or if you’re looking to work in the corporate world and deliver training with a strong visual presentation element.
4. The-Centre: Motivating and inspiring your workforce
£495+VAT | One day course | View course
This course is aimed towards managers, supervisors, and team leaders, but the content covered could also be useful for anyone looking to enter the motivational speaker niche.
From the looks of their outline, the course has some great content, including:
– identifying individual and organisational motivators
– how to inspire others to want to succeed
– and how to keep yourself motivated and lead by example
So if you’re looking to specialise in workplace motivational speaking, or you’re willing to take the teachings out of context and apply it to your own goals, this course is a pretty solid choice.
But, there’s no public speaking training included. So you’d probably have to sign up for an additional course in order to develop those key skills – perhaps the Writing speeches: keynotes, presentations and special occasion addresses (£395+VAT) or Confident and effective presentations (£445+VAT). While they will offer you a 5% discount if you buy more than one course, it can still get pricey pretty quickly!
One of the other downsides to this course is that it’s only available once at least 3 people are interested, so there’s no scheduled course dates and you don’t know how long you’ll have to wait.
3. Ginger Public Speaking: The Foundations of Excellent Public Speaking
£435+VAT | One day course | View course
Ginger’s foundation course covers some great aspects of public speaking; how to avoid nervous habits, body language, and vocal delivery etc.
For a one day course, Ginger really packs in a lot of useful teaching. Not only will you get opportunities to practice throughout the day, you’ll receive detailed feedback on personal impact when speaking and an action plan for your personal development moving forward.
However, the course is advertised as a taster session, and it seems the next step for non-corporate clients is to sign up for 1:1 coaching. But for a starting point, this course seems quite good! The website is nice and personable, you can see that Ginger has a genuine desire to help her clients improve, and she has a free TED-Style Talk Guidebook and some really useful additional resources.
There’s also an advanced course focused on empowering women to become influential leaders (though this 8-month programme seems to be for already established ladies, and even has an application process).
The only potentially off-putting thing is that Ginger’s focus seems to be on training corporate clients. She has plenty of online courses available for individuals, but otherwise the majority of her in-person training seems to be for corporations, delivered in-house.
2. College of Public Speaking: Speak Out and Inspire
£317+VAT | One day course | View course
The main focus of this course is speaking with authenticity, and learning how to speak with more power, persuasion and presence (we love some alliteration).
Based on the course outline listed, it seems that you’ll spend the majority of the one day workshop focusing on vocal and body language techniques such as releasing tension from your voice and using posture and movement to mesmerise.
Again, not specifically designed for people looking to become motivational speakers, but it does look like it covers a lot of content that would be useful if built upon.
Worth noting, though, is that the video at the top of the course page which features the trainer feels a little scripted and detached.
The College of Public Speaking also offer a 5 day course (£1597+VAT) but their Speak Out and Inspire course seemed a little more relevant to motivational speaking specifically.
1. The SPEAKup Challenge
£699+VAT | Three month course | View course