helping women to enjoy and excel at public speaking  


Speak Up is our flagship virtual ‘live’ group public speaking coaching programme, designed to help women (either running their own business or in a senior role in an organisation) to overcome nerves when speaking in public and perform to the best of their ability. Over the six week programme, delegates learn tricks of the trade in how to overcome a fear of public speaking, importance of body language, how to structure a presentation, looking after your voice, the importance of storytelling and understanding your audience, appearing under the media spotlight and plenty of opportunity to practice your own presentations in between sessions with expert feedback.

Each cohort has a maximum of six participants to ensure they get a truly transformational experience.

The course is hosted by My Confidence Matters founder, Joy Burnford, with three amazing expert coaches leading different sessions.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone but that was exactly what I needed. Having direct access and feedback from such experienced and generous trainers was invaluable.
I felt truly supported and nurtured throughout the whole process and I feel much more confident as a result. Thank you for this valuable jewel of a programme.
— Anne Jeffery


According to our research of more than 300 business women, 40% are nervous about speaking in front of an audience. We know that women have the following thoughts when it comes to public speaking or delivering presentations:

  • I want to be more inspirational when giving a talk

  • I want to have more authority in the boardroom

  • I feel like I waffle and really want to find a way to speak more concisely

  • I hate the way my voice sounds

  • I get terrified if I'm asked to speak to a journalist

  • I dread having to do a live video or audio

  • I would love to find the secret to engaging an audience.




Course content


The course includes modules on the effective use of voice, body language, structure of presentations, understanding your audience, storytelling, ‘under the spotlight’ media training as well as plenty of opportunities to receive and give feedback on presentations.

Bringing together experts including an experienced vocal coach and a former BBC presenter, the course gives delegates the chance to practice, learn new tips and techniques, get feedback and encouragement from a group of like-minded women to make serious transformation in their attitude and ability to speak in the public arena.

We will work with you to ensure the training is highly tailored to your particular needs, and the challenges that your women face within your organisation.

To get the full benefit of the course, delegates need four things:

  • 90 minutes each week to participate in a live video call

  • A willingness to be pushed out of your comfort zone

  • The time to practice and record your presentations between sessions

  • An encouraging and supportive attitude to your fellow Speak Up cohort.

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feedback from previous delegates

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Listen below to Zoe Latimer, former Business Partner, Commercial, Corporate and Tech Services at Direct Line Group who talks about the benefits of attending this course.

"The Speak Up programme is so different to other typical training courses. It is a time for you to really immerse yourself and update your skills and focus on what you want to get out of it.

The content is incredibly well considered and I was able to apply the skills and the experience immediately not only in the workplace but wider. Overall it is a great investment and one which I will continue to develop."



Dr Alison Sabine, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham:

The ‘Speak Up’ programme helped me to both develop a strategy for clearly conveying a message and also provided the opportunity to be interviewed by Journalist, Jane Renton and to experience tuition and feedback from a vocal coach.

On the back of this course, I launched a campaign to help spread the word about my mission to save the NHS and, with the help of a number of friends and colleagues, created the website https://nhs.gifts/ in just a day! I have to say that the interview with Jane on Monday really helped to focus my mind and gave me the confidence to put the idea out there.