Women in business: developing executive presence and leadership confidence

An intensive one-day communication skills programme

Most employers recognise that boardrooms are greatly enhanced by the presence of focused, motivated and influential women.  They know that female leaders bring emotional intelligence to decision-making and facilitate good communication within the team.  But getting women into leadership roles can be a challenge, as they face a myriad of barriers to reaching the boardroom. Although external factors are at play, the biggest barrier to women’s progress comes from within – lack of confidence, low aspirations and resistance to risk-taking.

This is a course that will help women develop the confidence and communication skills needed for the boardroom. Through practical advice, roleplay and presentation skills exercises, women who attend this course will conquer impostor syndrome and learn how to communicate at an executive level. They will build their resilience to handle the challenges of leadership, overcome perfectionistic tendencies that hold them back, and get comfortable with speaking up in the boardroom to advance their careers.

What will you learn on this course?

  • Build unshakeable confidence and learn how to communicate at an executive level
  • Develop your presentation skills and practise giving an elevator pitch that summarises your signature strengths
  • Learn how to report on your achievements and pitch for promotion
  • Master the art of difficult conversations – practise being assertive, manage conflict with grace and learn how to say no
  • Practise pitching for promotions
  • Overcome imposter syndrome and take more risks to move your career forward

Who is this training programme for?

  • Mid-tier managers
  • Aspiring leaders
  • Women looking to increase their confidence and gravitas in the business world

This course is usually delivered in-house to organisations.  For further information or quote please email hello@lovepublicspeaking.org or call 0773 605 1566.


10AM – Course opens

Understanding gender bias: where we are now

  • Recognising gender bias and how to help your organisation move towards gender equality
  • The growing need for female leaders: why traditionally ‘female traits’ are needed for businesses of the future

Building unshakable leadership confidence

  • Overcoming impostor syndrome: how to fake it ‘til you make it
  • Changing thinking habits and overcoming limiting beliefs using CBT techniques
  • Banishing perfectionistic tendencies to take more risks and progress faster
  • Cultivating an external rather than inward focus
  • Building resilience to handle the challenges of leadership

(Discussion and pair work)

Developing your personal brand: practise telling your success story

  • Get clarity on what you stand for and practise pitching your strengths
  • Developing your presentation style
  • Prepare and practise a 1 minute elevator pitch to use for networking events and meeting introductions

(Speaking exercises)

1PM – Lunch

Presenting and communicating at an executive level

  • Tips on speaking up in the board room
  • How to report on your achievements and gain exposure with senior stakeholders
  • Body language and voice techniques that build your credibility and gravitas

(Speaking exercises)

Leadership and assertiveness

  • Getting comfortable with conflict: mastering the art of difficult conversations
  • Assert your boundaries: tips on how and when to say no
  • Developing an emotionally-intelligent leadership style

(Roleplay exercises)

Growing your role

  • Finding inspiration and support through role models and mentors
  • Pitching for promotion and shaping your role to play to your strengths
  • Dreaming big: goal-setting for the future

4.30PM – Course closes


This course is delivered as in-house training for companies, and also runs as a public course on dates that are mutually convenient for attendees. To register interest to attend the course, please submit your email address below:

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