Summer Speaking Spectacular

The Summer Speaking Special is an event which is all about authentic expression and connection.

The voice is your primary method of expression. How comfortable are you with it? 

Is it weak? Is it thin? Are you ignored by colleagues?

If so, you know that feeling when your grand ideas are trashed and abandoned at the first hurdle.

If that’s true, then it’s time to change the default setting of your life.

Your voice is a muscle, and like all muscles, with correct exercise, it can grow, become stronger and more vibrant, and enhance the quality of your relationships and your life.

A trained voice is warm, dynamic and rich. It’s more attractive and credible.

A great voice gives you emotional freedom – when you have a positive impact on the lives of others; it’s one of the greatest feelings out there.

We often think that, oh I need to be a great speaker and presenter with a huge following to be impactful, but that’s not strictly true.

In meetings when you’re sitting around the table with colleagues and clients, when you’re discussing budgets, staffing, resources, logistics, timescales, every time you say something, you want to be credible. You want to be influential and for colleagues and clients to listen and to act upon your words. The way you say it is all important and having the confidence to relay that message with expressive impact is your goal.
If you’re a teacher, trainer, coach, leader, manager or someone who just wants to explore and strengthen their speaking voice, the Summer Speaking Spectacular is the best investment for your future.

We’ll discover the voice together, and through our highly experienced team of specialists show you the tools and techniques that will accelerate your growth and potential. If you want to work on how you authentically express yourself and comfortably connect with people, join us at the Summer Speaking Spectacular.

If there's one exclusive event that you don't want to miss this year, it's the College of Public Speaking's Summer Speaking Spectacular.

This mid-summer special is designed to shed light on the magic of the voice and excellent public speaking. We searched for and visited over twenty London venues before the Holiday Inn was selected for its stunning natural daylight.

If you're serious about personal development and achievement then we sincerely encourage you to attend the Summer Speaking Spectacular to explore and experience the wonders of your voice.

With four, star specialists from the world of voice, acting, storytelling, public speaking, anatomy and physiology, fear and anxiety you'll really find the inside track on how to make the most of your voice and how to speak with authentic presence and clarity. 

This two-day workshop is designed around the principles of fun and engagement. No long lectures in sweltering classrooms, but short sharp explanations and exercises to keep you on your toes while you connect with your new colleagues. If you're looking to hone your stage presence and charisma, there is only one place to be in June.

Your body is the vehicle that creates opportunities for self-expression. We'll be talking about health and fitness and how these two attributes have a major impact on your life outcomes. Learning to use your body to its full potential is one of the greatest investments available to you. Creating life changing habits will be your aim on this exclusive weekend.

Who is this course for?

Students who lack presence or charisma.

Students who lack confidence in their voice or lack certainty in their spoken delivery.

Students whose voice is drowned out by their more confident and vocal colleagues.

Students who are tired of being ignored for promotions because they don't speak up for the value of their work and achievements.

Students who think that they're inconsequential.

If you relate to any of these scenarios it's time to change the default setting of your life.

You too can become dynamic in your voice,  both fluent and articulate. 

You too can become more vocal and more assertive.

You too can create boundaries and set the pace for a successful life.

How do we deliver results?

The development of the voice is a beautiful journey. Understanding your own anatomy and physiology is a liberating experience. Understanding your vocal apparatus and respiratory system is illuminating. When your system works for you and doesn't hold you back, that's when the magic of change occurs.

The mind and body are totally integrated. What affects one affects the other. We need balance, calm and harmony. When that's achieved, everything is possible.

It's going to be inspiring.

It's going to be fun, unusual, awkward, thought-provoking, physically exciting and exhausting.

You're going to discover something new about yourself through expression.

You're going to be awakened. You'll exit the building walking on clouds.

Yes, ecstatic dancing too. If you've not tried it. It's never too late for a cathartic experience.

 Storytelling, improvisation, impromptus

What content do we work / provide? 
Techniques of speaking 
- simple structures
- speeches
- presentation
- solid introductions and conclusive endings
- stories

Health & Wellbeing

One of the key themes of the event is health and wellbeing. A healthy body and a healthy mind are the winning combinations.  Although we drink tea and coffee habitually in the west, they are possibly one of the main reasons your body is inhibited. Tea and coffee are vasoconstrictors, they narrow the blood vessels and lessen the effective flow of oxygen in your body. We'll be doing a lot of posture, breathing and relaxation exercises designed to accelerate the flow of oxygen through conscious breathing.


Teas and coffees are available in the hotel from various outlets, but not available through this event.

Water and fruit juice will be available in the workshop spaces.


Lunch is available at the venue, but you need to book in advance. Alternatively, back towards the station, there are a number of popular high street eateries. The lunch break is for one hour.

Meet the Star-Studded Events Team

Vince Stevenson

Vince Stevenson (The Fear Doctor) - Speaker - Trainer - Author

Vince is a well-known speaker/trainer and has won a number of awards for leadership, education and development. He is a founder of the College of Public Speaking and works as Education Director managing all aspects of course delivery and content. He is also one of the UK's leading speech coaches and has worked with leaders across the spectrum of politics, industry, finance as well as developing a largely humanitarian role in international projects.

Vince is an avid learner and in recent years has accomplished a number of certificates in Learning and Communication Science with the University of California, San Diego, the University of Amsterdam, and Instructional Design with the Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore.

Vince is a qualified teacher/trainer and over the last fifteen years, his enthusiastic membership of several voluntary organisations has helped to raise the awareness and standards of effective communication. He is the trusted adviser behind the College's outstanding 'pro bono' service to the Third Sector.

In recent years Vince has delivered sessions for the Civil Service in Mauritius, various programs at Insead International Business School near Paris and at the Asia Foundation and Save the Children in Bangladesh. He has assisted the development of the TEDx Storytelling project in Bucharest and Sibiu. He has also been a guest speaker at LSE, UCL, KCL and SOAS as well as the University of Malta. He is a regular contributor at St Mungo’s Recovery College, Changing Faces and Medecins Sans Frontieres. In recent years he was the guest keynote speaker at the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts Executive Academy, keynote speaker at Royal Bank of Scotland, London, keynote speaker at the Women's Fabian Society at the House of Commons, London and the Zajel Peace Project, Nablus, Palestine. He's also been a judge at the world final of the English Speaking Union's junior competition. He has recently committed his efforts to a team of academics from Canterbury University reviewing the use and misuse of rhetoric in modern politics. In November 2017 Vince wrote the inaugural speeches for the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Vince is also a specialist in vocal development techniques and runs regular workshops. He loves helping people overcome their fear of public speaking and is a facilitator for the College of Public Speaking's groundbreaking Fear of Public Speaking Retreat. He also coaches groups and individuals in achieving excellent interview results.

Sylvie Lui

Sylvie is a specialist in vocal performance training ranging from effective communication, impactful presentations, public speaking to accent softening. Her practice is refined from expert training in acting, voice and knowledge of the vocal anatomy in relation to how the body works. Her thorough understanding of intercultural, interpersonal and organisational communication is evident in her approach to teaching voice.

Originating from a traditional background of teaching voice in the arts, Sylvie particularly enjoys tailoring and teaching voice skills to business professionals and non-performers. Her interest lies in bridging the gap of differing industries by using the same vocal communication skills that can increase the vocal presence, clarity, resonance and storytelling of any speaking, pitching or communication tasks.

Sylvie has had extensive experience with voice training across all sectors. Her most recent work has been with clients within financial services, charities, performing arts and accent softening for international clients. She has also provided private workshops to the MBA students at Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford, working with individuals with careers in Law, Medicine, Finance and Insurance, Technology, Engineering, NGOs, Education, Arts and Global Entrepreneurship.

Sylvie is a trained voice coach and has been awarded a Masters of Fine Art from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She currently teaches privately, at high-calibre drama and dance schools in the UK and is the principle voice coach at Shout at Cancer Charity, helping people who have undergone laryngectomy surgeries (removal of voice box due to cancer) to learn to use and love their voices.

Alex Glod — Trainer, TEDx Speaker and Udemy Instructor


Alex is a Storyteller, Trainer and TEDx Speaker at TEDx University of Piraeus 2015 and TEDx Bacau 2015.

In the past 7 years, he has trained over 1500 people in Public Speaking, Storytelling and Leadership in countries from both Europe and Asia and has taught over 7000 students on Udemy. Alex advocates for a human approach in Marketing, Leadership and Education and teaches leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to use personal stories to connect authentically with their audiences.
"Every business has lots of stories to share and discover: its own history of challenges and achievements, the stories of its employees, as well as the stories of its customers. Building on these stories fosters a healthy company culture and earns the trust and respect of its customers. Very much looking forward to meeting you and to unravel these stories together."

Ulf Tölle MPH


Ulf Tölle MPH a.k.a. The Motion Master® is a highly qualified health expert and neuro-muscular re-education specialist, with more than 30 years’ experience in Performance Coaching, 10 of which he spent teaching coordination and movement at university.  

Ulf is passionate about health. He believes that becoming as healthy as possible enables you to shape the world and empower others. He supports people and shows them how to achieve a better quality of life. Because life happens in movement, his workshops aim to put you back in charge of your own movement health – empowering each person to improve and master the quality of their movement and coordination.

After working as a performer and soloist, Ulf went on to coach world-class athletes and musicians. As a performance coach, Ulf has worked with professional orchestras (in rehearsal) in Brazil, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Since the '90s Ulf has worked in employee health and for the past 14 years, he has been working in the office of an orthopaedic specialist, specializing in movement rehabilitation after injuries and accidents. 

Ulf holds a degree in pedagogics, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Swiss Universities Basel, Bern and Zurich, and is a certified complementary therapist. 

The venue

The Holiday Inn, Kensington, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN.

The Holiday Inn, Kensington could not be easier to access. Gloucester Road station is three stops west from Victoria Station on the District and Circle Lines. Turn left out of Gloucester Road station (there’s only one entrance/exit) and walk up to Cromwell Road where you turn left and the hotel is 150 meters down on the left. You have to walk around the back of the building to access the main entrance.

Additional Course Dates

Date Course Trainer £  
16 - 17 June 2018 Summer Speaking Spectacular
Vince Stevenson £200 + VAT