Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver from Eilidh Milnes

By: Eilidh Milnes   09/10/2010
Keywords: Public Speaking, presentation skills, public speaker

Essential Skills for a Successful Life...

People who are articulate and communicate well earn 81% more than the rest. Speaking is an essential life skill, and like all life skills it is easier to learn when started young.

Stand and Deliver is a programme designed to enhance your current curriculum. It is for learners who want to be successful in whatever they want to be. It is a full day workshop, tailored to you, your timetable and your students. The key focus of “Essential Skills for a Successful Life” equips students with public speaking skills. They learn how to craft speeches and deliver with purpose and power from true professionals. Experience shows that attendance results in increased self confidence and self esteem for all the participants. For example, the workshops are designed to support the following: 

  • Effective and popular from Key Stage 2 upwards to adult workshops 
  • Enterprise component of GCSE Business Studies 
  • Speaking and listening elements of GCSE English 
  • Compulsory citizenship courses at Key Stage 4 
  • 6th Form and further education - interview techniques 
  • Presentation, performance and evaluation for GCSE Drama 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Awards – various modules 

Eilidh Milnes is the programme director of Stand and Deliver. She is a highly experienced professional with a background in education and commerce and passionately believes in the importance of powerful and effective communication. Eilidh holds a current CRB certificate to work in schools in UK.

“Eilidh brings a refreshing level of professionalism and fun to the art of public speaking. On many occasions I have watched Eilidh bring clarity, new ideas, insight and renewed enthusiasm to every member of the audience, especially myself. I hope to work with Eilidh again soon. Keep up the good work Eilidh!” Steve Shaw.

Student delegate comments at the end of a recent workshop include:

"It made me feel confident and believe in myself..." Cameron Cook

"I am still not keen, but now feel confident to deliver a confident speech if necessary..." Sean Bell

"I enjoyed myself, a lot of fun!" Richard Hopcutt

"I feel so confident, I feel as if I can deliver a successful speech to an audience..." Emma Hill

The “Stand and Deliver Competition” is the highlight of a full day interactive workshop, when you will have the opportunity give a two minute presentation to the the rest of group on a topic of your choice.

Stand and Deliver Awards:
Best Presenter
Most Improved

Judging Criteria:

To what extent the speaker seems relaxed, natural and comfortable?
Does the audience "buy into" this speech?
Presentation –factors such as dress/appearance/image will be taken into account.
How does the speaker engage with the audience, use props, have good eye contact, ask questions?
Can you hear/understand the message?
Is there a good close?
Is there a call to action?
How to stand in front of an audience
Better posture
Smile at the audience
To prepare your conclusion
It is mind over matter when it comes to being confident
To control my laugh and drink water if I go out of hand
That with confidence, even if you mess it up it can be good
And finally..
When you are talking, people are rooting for you, not against you!

Keywords: presentation skills, public speaker, Public Speaking