Think On Your Feet

Speak Off-the-Cuff

Do you know what to say... 

but only 5 minutes later?!

Thinking On Your Feet  is a skill - and a programme - which will undoubtedly help you and your team develop the most challenging of all the communication and presentation skills: the ability to speak effectively with little preparation or ‘off-the-cuff’.

It’s essential when in meetings, negotiating or dealing with conflict. Yet for so very many people it is their very worst nightmare!

 

Do you absolutely dread the Q&A after a talk or presentation? Let's say you just delivered a great prepared presentation. Then you let yourself down with lots of umm’s and err’s and waffling round the houses when trying to answer questions without your script.

Your ability – or inability – to speak up and engage naturally can absolutely kill your credibility and cost you a LOT of business. 

 

Or bring you big wins!

You Can Be

Clear. Concise. Convincing.

"From complete novice speaker to 
World Champion Debater
in only two years!"

"I went along to my first JCI Debating academy in March 2012 hosted by Scott Johnston. I had never seen a live Debate so I was very much a novice. By the end of the day, I was taking part in my first proper Debate.  

Scott has highly supported me in Debating and Public speaking since. The training paid off in 2014 as I was Captain of the winning Debating teams at both the JCI European and JCI World congresses. I don’t believe any team has won both competitions in the same year."

Leeanne Bradley,
Financial Adviser
www.lbfa.co.uk
Past President JCI Edinburgh 

Like all skills, Thinking On Your Feet can be learned and can be improved over time. 

 

It is the most consummate of communication skills, for those who want the confidence to stand out from the crowd.

In my time as a member of the JCI young professionals international network I took my litigation skills to the next level through team Debating, winning trophies as champions of Glasgow, Scotland and Europe - and loved training debating skills in many countries, including European and World Champions.

Of course, it's an essential skill for business too.

"No-one who entered that room
left as the same person!"

"I enjoyed one of Scott's 'Thinking On Your Feet' half-day sessions, with a small group for business and leaders.  Let me just say this.

No-one who entered that room left as the same person."

Gordon, marketing consultant

"Think in bullet points

not perfectly prosaic paragraphs"

Scott Johnston

Skill for Business - Skill for Life

We could run a one-off workshop – it’s great fun, so ideal for team-building.  

 

Complete novices often leave the room feeling wonderful, having amazed themsleves. Of course, to really develop this gift - to create real skill and confidence - a programme of a few sessions will make a world of difference.

This programme is great for experienced speakers as well as those who are a complete nervous wreck (don’t worry, you are NOT alone!). 

I run a monthly debating club and it’s great to see how both novices and experienced speakers rise to the challenge, with growing confidence every time.

“experienced and less confident speakers

were able to stretch themselves”

Based on his litigation and debating expertise, Scott led an informal and interactive half-day practical workshop by the end of which everyone had indeed been thinking on their feet and speaking off-the-cuff.

 

Both experienced and less confident speakers were able to fully participate and stretch themselves to learn and practice this most challenging of skills.

 

I am delighted to recommend Scott and look forward to his future sessions at SIBL.

Drew Pryde, Chairman

Scottish Institute of Business Leaders

www.sibl.org.uk

JCI DEBATING MASTERCLASS  

“The debating masterclass was a fantastic and complete "how to" on debating for beginners and lots of tips and fun practice for more experienced debaters. 

 

The training was a perfect balance between listening, and practising; from brief ice-breakers to full blown debates.“
Craig Watson, JCI Aberdeen and 2011 World Debating Champion

Think On Your Feet

I run a debating club in Glasgow - with informal training and fun, practical sessions. The following are just some of the real reviews from Members - you'll find more at this page What Clients Say

“Highly recommended if you're terrified of public speaking and want to get better in a friendly, supportive environment.”

John

First timer and really enjoyed the session. Scott provided us with some great hints and tips on preparing, delivering and concluding a debate. Still got a way to go on my debating skills, but Scott made the session fun, engaging and very useful to daily working life. 

Debbie

Scott is an encouraging, positive teacher who put us at our ease. He master-minded another excellent session, training a varied skill group with a pacey, fun and informal evening.

These sessions are great - they encourage the mighty and the meek! The original Mrs Jelly, I am inspired by Scott's Unique training ability... and it's fun!

Hazel

This is the full version of Leeanne's wonderfully kind LinkedIn testimonial - you may have seen a summary peppered across the website.  I'm so very proud of Leeanne's achievements!
"From complete novice speaker to 
World Champion Debater
in only two years!"

I attended my first JCI Debating Academy in March 2012 hosted by Scott Johnston. I had never seen a live Debate so was very much a novice.  I had hoped to sit at the back and watch some of the more experienced members and just soak it all up. But this is not the kind of training Scott provides!  


The session was interactive from the start and we were all taking part in various exercises straight away. Making me get out of my comfort zone from the outset allowed me to gain so much more from the session. By the end of the day, I was taking part in my first proper Debate.


Scott has highly supported me in Debating and Public Speaking since 2012. That year I entered both the Public Speaking and Debating competitions at the JCI Scotland National Conference and, with Scott by my side providing invaluable feedback and support, I continued the journey.

Leeanne Bradley,
Financial Adviser
www.lbfa.co.uk
Past President JCI Edinburgh 

The training paid off in 2014. I was Captain of the winning Debating teams at both the JCI European and World Conferences. I don’t believe any team has won both competitions in the same year. Had I not been encouraged by Scott from the very first time I met him, I would never have entered these competitions let alone think I’d have any chance of winning.

 

Scott then invited me to assist him in his Debating Training workshops. Again, I had no confidence to ever think about becoming a Trainer but Scott’s approach has now allowed me to develop further skills I didn’t think I’d have.  I was then Lead Debating Trainer at JCI Ireland Spring Conference and the Youth Scotland Conference at Stirling University.


Scott is a passionate, enthusiastic and professional trainer. He has impeccable people skills and can make you feel instantly calm and confident. His sessions are always imaginative, interesting and fun and the feedback we receive is always of the highest accreditation. He really cares about the people who attend his sessions and has a genuine interest in helping them to improve their communication skills.

 

Building my confidence in Speaking and Debating resulted in me taking on the role of JCI Edinburgh President in 2014 and has greatly helped me in running my own business as an Independent Financial Adviser.

 

I would not have the skills or confidence in speaking today if it were not for Scott Johnston.

Scott Johnston

2019 President of PSA Scotland

(part of the PSA UK & Ireland)

www.thePSA.co.uk

Global Speakers Federation

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