Lesley has guided internationally renowned CEOs through the Chief Talks Program. This is a methodology and a system for ensuring that you meet the needs of each unique audience you address, get the outcomes for you and/or your organisation that motivated you to give your speech or presentation in the first place and bring out your uniqueness and individuality in a way that is natural, authentic and powerfully persuasive.
Now it is available to everyone who wishes to communicate their message to inform, inspire and persuade others.
Comprising five modules of over 5 hours of video tutorials, case studies and assignments, this is not just a course but a practical tool for you to use independently and in your own time whenever you're working on a speech or presentation.
At least once each week Lesley will log in to answer any student's questions.
Additional videos will be added when Lesley feels, from feedback and questions raised, that students would benefit from specific additional information.
This video presents an essential overview of the elements involved every time you speak in public - the motivations, desires and needs (practical and emotional) of both audience and speaker. It also outlines the journey that you will take in using the Chief Talks Blueprint to prepare for and execute your chosen presentation.
This is step one. In this video you will be given the cornerstone for this and all your future presentations. It will facilitate you getting clarity on what you want to achieve in this presentation and give you a deeper understanding of how your goals can be realised.
This video drills down into the detail of the 5 general needs that all audiences share and shows you how you can meet these needs in the planning and delivery of your presentation.
The specific needs of your audience can be many and varied and must be both understood and addressed. In this video you will discover how to hone in on the specific needs of your audience - you must have clarity on these in order to form an Audience Focused Intention that will drive your presentation and ensure that all your Desired Outcomes come to pass.
This is the first of three Case Study videos that provide a context for the concepts and methods outlined in the Chief Talks Blueprint. In this video you will watch as our Case Study subject, Roger, identifies his Desired Outcomes for an after dinner speech and forms them into an Audience Focused Intention.
This video re-caps the learning points from the Foundation Module.
You are now ready to complete Assignment 1 with the 'Your Audience/Specific Needs' pdf Assignment Form and Assignment 2 with the 'Desired Outcomes/Audience Focused Intention' Assignment Form.
These Assignment Forms can be downloaded from the 'Downloadable Materials' section below.
Ignore the final instructions in relation to uploading the forms via Sharefile, but please do get in touch via the site if you have any questions or comments regarding your assignments. I'd love to hear from you.
In this video I explain the sequence of videos for the entire module and outline the process of taking the next step from understanding what your audience needs into generating a pot of useful content which can be used to form a framework for your presentation.
This video is an introduction to the Route Plan - the framework for your presentation.
In this video you watch our Case Study subject, Roger, as I take him through the Content Generation Exercise. You will see how the exercise works, in action, with a commentary to identify how the process is designed to capture your natural communication style and elicit valuable content that can be used in your presentation.
This video picks up where Route Plan - Part 1 left off, showing you how you can begin to fill out your Route Plan with content from your Content Generation Exercise using, as an example, the content generated in Roger’s session with me.
You will find a Route Plan Assignment form in the Downloadable Materials section within the Content Module Summary video.
In this video you can see two further examples of Route Plans from previous presentations I have worked on. They are very different types of presentation and will hopefully inspire as well as inform you on how this process can assist you in preparing creatively for your presentation.
This video goes into detail on the benefits of using stories in your presentation, the wide variety of different stories you can use and how to use them effectively. I also give you some ideas of how they can be sourced.
This video explores how humour can be used directly and obliquely to add variety to your presentations, providing you with some do’s and don’ts about the use of humour in your presentation.
In this video, Power Point, Video and Props are all explored as possible visual aids for your presentation. I hope to widen the variety of visual aids that you might consider using and outline an approach that will allow visual aids to enhance your content and delivery rather than allowing them to define your presentation.
In this video I underline the importance of honing your presentation.
In this video we re-cap all of the key learning points in the Content module.
Your Route Plan Assignment Form can be downloaded from the 'Downloadable Materials' section below.
Please ignore the instructions to 'upload via sharefile' but do get in touch via the site if you have any questions or comments related to your assignments.
This video introduces you to the ten vital components of vocal mastery.
This Video describes the mechanical process of breathing and how this relates to vocal production. I also take you through an exercise in Breath Control.
In this video I explain the important part resonance plays in creating good tonal quality and richness of the sound you produce. I will help you to identify the main areas of resonance and show you the correct placings to enable you to follow along with the resonance exercises. Part 2 of the video will cover more advanced resonance exercises.
In Resonance, Part 2, I take you through some more advanced vocal exercises to increase your resonance. If you perform these exercises as directed you will notice that your voice has a warmer, richer tone. Commit to putting the required power behind these exercises for the best results.
In this video I will demonstrate the importance of articulation for bringing clarity to your vocal delivery and identify the organs of articulation. I will lead you through a facial warm up, to limber up the organs of articulation and take you through some articulation exercises - ending with some useful tongue twisters for oral dexterity
This video will help you to avoid a repetitive pattern of inflection. I show you an exercise that can be used to extend the range of inflection that you can use to add interest and expression to your vocal delivery.
This video contains the Pitch Test to find out what your natural pitch range is. You will also see where changes of pitch might be used as both a creative and a practical device within your presentation.
In this video you will discover seven distinct types of pause and learn how you can apply them to influence the way your audience thinks and feels. I will also demonstrate how you can play with the pace of your delivery to change the mood and meaning of what you say.
Here we explore the advanced creative techniques of adding Colour and Emphasis to your delivery to alter the mood and meaning of what you say.
In this video I will demonstrate how to project your voice correctly so that you can fill any size of venue with your voice without a microphone and without straining and damaging your voice.
This video contains a summary of the key learning points in the Voice Module.
This video outlines the five part process to powerful, natural physicality on stage.
In this video you will learn how to adopt a solid powerful base position so that you can harness the power of stillness.
In this video we explore ways of identifying how you naturally behave, physically, and how you can begin to incorporate your natural physicality into your presentation.
This video shows how you can eliminate any distracting behaviour from your presentation that may divert attention from your content and even confuse your audience by contradicting your intended meaning.
In this video I will show you how you can become familiar and comfortable with your environment so that you can own your stage and your venue.
In this video I reveal the areas on stage that give you the most power as a presenter and demonstrate how and when you might use them.
This video gives you six important things to be aware of when using a lectern.
In this video we explore when, why and how you might use movement on stage to convey meaning.
In this video I will demonstrate the correct microphone technique for the various types of microphones you may come across.
This video explains how eye contact is experienced by your audience and shows you the correct technique to employ to make this important visual connection with your audience.
Since 2002 Lesley Buckley has been working with experienced and successful CEOs on their most important speeches and presentations, CEOs working internationally at the highest level of corporate and government organisations.
Architect, Founder/Director of The Chief Talks Program - a blueprint for business professionals to deploy when preparing and delivering a speech or presentation and an encapsulation of the methodology that has been tested and proven in over 350 CEO presentations she has worked on.
Lesley undertook her training in the Performance Arts at ALRA, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, between 1986 and 1989 and either side of this training worked for 20 years as an actress on stage, screen and radio.
She later completed a Post Grad. Diploma in Drama Therapy (learning to apply the skills and techniques of drama with a healing intention in a therapeutic environment) at the University of Roehampton in 2001.
It is this fusion of therapeutic and performance skills, allied to a thorough understanding of the psychological interplay between audiences and performers, her 20 years' experience as a professional actress and ten years of working with CEOs on their presentations that gives her a unique perspective, and toolbox, when it comes to eliciting the best presentations out of her CEO clients.
When her demanding schedule allows, Lesley offers her services to charitable organisations such as Streets Alive, London, helping their homeless clients to acquire the confidence and communication skills to succeed in job interviews.
Lesley has also previously worked with solo-preneurs, pitch teams and nervous speakers and has discovered that the fundamental mindset required of a presenter and the basic principles of successful preparation and delivery remain the same, whoever the presenter is and whoever they are addressing.
Lesley is now making her unique methodology, preparation system and core delivery skills training (formerly known as Chief Talks) available to all business professionals who need to communicate with others in order to inform, motivate and persuade.