Panel Speaker Training

Learn how to grow your profile as a thought leader at roundtables and on panels

This half-day panel speaker training course helps speakers communicate with confidence on panels, debates and in roundtable discussions

What you’ll learn

How to compete with fellow panellists on industry panels, in roundtables, Town Hall sessions and debates?

This Panel Speaker Training course prepares delegates to get their point across without being deterred by opposing views, difficult questions, limited time to answer, interruptions by moderators and guests and distractions. The trainer will also focus on how to include evidence-based messaging and storytelling techniques to make panellists memorable and more likely to be invited to future thought leadership discussions.

How you’ll learn

Panel Speaking Training courses for individuals and groups pairs take place in person at our central London training centres or your own offices. Delegates are taught by senior broadcast journalists who are experienced communications trainers and also regular moderators for panels and roundtables. You’ll take part in simulated panel exercises, which are recorded for playback and critique by the trainer.  After training, you’ll receive full course notes by email and a link from which to download copies of your recordings. 

Who this Public Speaker Training is for

This course is for you if you want to raise your profile as a thought leader by appearing on panels or improve your skill as a panellist to increase your impact. You may want to follow this course with Studio Media Training which focuses on getting your message across under probing questions from journalists in a studio environment.

Course Modules

Panel Speaking Training Theory

  1. How panels work
  2. Tips for speaking on panels
  3. Conveying authority and confidence
  4. Crafting and delivering powerful messages
  5. Handling tricky and hostile questions

Practical exercises

  1. Warm-up 60-second presentations
  2. Panel simulation 1, followed by trainer critique
  3. Panel simulation 2, followed by playback and trainer critique
  4. Breathing exercises for overcoming nerves

What our students say

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The training scenarios are as real to life as you could possibly get. They took considerable time to research our current plans and issues and used these to design a series of true to life radio and TV interviews. The team is outstanding, and their expertise and knowledge has been invaluable. Book them – you’ll be glad you did.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group
, Communications Manager

The staff truly go above and beyond, providing detailed feedback, a wealth of knowledge and many career opportunities. I’d recommend the course to any budding journalist. You’ll have fun, too!  

Erin Waks
, Trainee Sub-Editor
, Daily Mail

I really could not recommend Press Association enough to anyone who is looking to jump into the fascinating world of journalism. The course equips you with all the necessary skills you need to enter the industry and the wide range of topics covered leaves it hard for you to ever feel bored.

Holly Bishop
, Digital Reporter
, GB News

Being equipped with an NCTJ Diploma does massive favours for your future, and the skills the course taught me are ones I lean on every single day. The simple fact is, I wouldn’t be where I am without that course. 

Alex Barker
, Videographer & Presenter
, The Athletic

The small class sizes nurture a comfortable environment where everyone supports and learns from each other. The staff helped me hone in on my writing skills and develop the confidence to feel comfortable on camera.

Camilla Foster
, Reporter
, Newsquest

It’s a great place to make connections – networking with teachers, guest speakers and fellow students can be key to gaining advice or even job opportunities during and after the course. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News 

Contact us

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