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Authentically Powerful Public Speaking

Authentically Powerful Public Speaking

While many people think that being a successful speaker is about projecting a confident presence and putting on a perfect performance, increasingly, whether it be in the boardroom, staff room, corporate conference or social function, speakers who are able to “connect” in a real, human way are warmly welcomed by audiences who are “sick of slick”.

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Authentically Powerful Public Speaking


Facilitated by experienced public speaker Mia Handshin, this highly experiential workshop is designed to assist the most reluctant public speaker and experienced presenter alike to develop greater authenticity, ease, natural confidence, and dynamism.

During the workshop, participants will be invited to “step outside their communication comfort zone” to practice simple tools which will extend their natural capabilities as a communicator. Exercises will support participants to move through underlying anxiety about public speaking, hone their ability to establish and maintain rapport with any audience as well as learn practical techniques for crafting effective speeches.

This single day workshop is for speakers of all experience levels. Throughout the day, you will be encouraged to find your own natural style as a speaker, to become more present with yourself, more available to connect with your audience, and ultimately more effective in conveying your message, every time you step in front of an audience.

Program Outcomes

The learning objectives of this program are for participants to:

  • Discover your authentic voice and confirm personal presentation style and strengths
  • Learn practical tools and techniques for dealing with nervous energy
  • Learn simple tools and techniques for establishing and maintaining authentic rapport with any audience
  • Develop greater confidence and ease speaking publicly without reliance on a script
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the key elements of truly powerful speeches and learn simple tips on how to construct them
Program Facilitator

Mia Handshin

Mia is currently employed as Project and Programs Manager for The Leaders Institute of SA. The former Young South Australian of the Year (1999) was previously an Associate Director at Government Relations Australia - a strategic advisory firm specialising in public policy and government affairs. Prior to this, she was a senior policy adviser to the Hon Kate Ellis MP. Mia has Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.

She also studied international conflict resolution in The Hague and interned at the International Crisis Group in Brussels. Mia was a freelance writer for a decade; as a blogger for ‘Adelaide Now’, weekly columnist for ‘The Advertiser’ newspaper, and occasional contributor to ‘The Australian’. Between 2004 and 2007 Mia ran her own facilitation and speaking consultancy business, offering services to a wide range of business, government and community sector clients. Her facilitation services included delivering public speaking workshops and specialized speaking coaching to clients from a wide range of sectors. In a speaking career spanning almost twenty years, Mia has delivered thousands of public presentations, both within Australia and overseas to a wide variety of audiences ranging from international political leaders to the toughest audience of all- teenagers. She has served on a variety of State and National Boards and Committees including the State Committee for The Foundation for Young Australians, the University of Adelaide Governing Council and the Board of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation. She is currently the Presiding Member (Chair) of the Environment Protection Authority Board in South Australia.

Interested in Authentically Powerful Public Speaking ?

If you are interested in this Program and require more information, please contact us. This program is currently not being offered publicly, but can be delivered in-house on request.

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