Open Dawes launches ‘Your place, your pace’ public speaking programme

By Nick Batten on 12 July, 2021

A pioneering programme in public speaking and presentation training that combines online on-demand with live, interactive support and a skills academy, has been launched by Chris Dawes, Managing Director of Swindon-based Open Dawes Training Ltd.

Complementing Chris’s face-to-face training – which is coming back on-stream once Covid restrictions are lifted – the online public speaking training programme plugs the gap between live training sessions and downloadable DIY courses.

Chris believes the programme meets the needs of clients wanting to complete training in their own time, while still having support from an expert, on tap.

He said, “We use the phrase ‘your place, your pace’, because clients can complete the training when it suits them. But we wanted to offer more than just a programme to download. We have a whole suite of learning tools, with videos, audio and workbooks, and each learner has access to a student dashboard.

“On top of this, they have access to me, and they can bolt on extra mentoring on top. We also have an academy running via Facebook, where each ‘student’ can interact with their peers and myself and the team. We’re even planning to have a weekly speaker slot, where one of the students will deliver a talk or presentation and get constructive peer feedback from experts and fellow learners.”

Chris stressed the aim of the course was “learning for life.”

He continued, “With my regular, face-to-face training courses, delegates are with me for a day and then they are off and running, and that’s great. This is a bit different, while still complementing our face-to-face service. This is all about ongoing development, at their pace, still with live trainers, but which they can keep going back to with ongoing access, to refresh, refine and improve. Plus, on top they have peer support through the academy.”

The course is also accessible on an app, making it even easier to dip in and out of anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

As well as the full Communication Skills that Remove Limits programme, Open Dawes Training has launched two free downloads: one on overcoming nerves and a second on three ways to start a presentation. There is also a more comprehensive, paid-for version of the ‘overcoming nerves’ (comprising a 15-part video course) and also for ‘starting a presentation’ (via an eight-part audio course).

The aim of all the on-demand services is to help learners develop public speaking skills which will enable them to grow and develop their businesses.

For more information about Open Dawes Training’s CPD accredited face-to-face and online training services visit, call 01793 238259 or email

Pictured above: Chris Dawes, Managing Director of Open Dawes Training