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The all-women environment of the PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB is empowering. You find you’re not alone in struggling to make the impact you need, to have the influence you want, to fulfil your ambitions.

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2018 Training Programmes

Join the PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB where you are - or please contact me if this isn’t quite what you’re looking for.

I also offer personal coaching and training in different formats including in-house workshops for groups of up to six people.

The PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB is a training programme comprising of four sessions where you will learn how to:

You’ll work in a group of no more than six women, and often fewer, to learn, practice and gain confidence.

Provisional dates and venues for each programme are given below but these are open to negotiation as each group forms.

New for 2018!

Add 1:1 coaching calls between classes to speed your learning

You can add three, half-hour coaching calls between sessions 1, 2 and 4 to further tailor my input to meet your personal needs.

Small-group training aims to meet everyone’s needs but a follow-up call allows you to ask more questions and work on specific elements which are individual and maybe confidential to you.

I would highly recommend you add coaching calls to your order.


Held at Innovation Warehouse, Farringdon EC1A 9PT, 5 - 7 pm, on

15 Mar, 12 Apr, 3 & 24 May 2018. BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED.


Held at Banyan, Exchange Square M4 3TR, 5 - 7 pm, on

14 May, 4 & 18 Jun, 2 Jul 2018.


Held at Wakefield College, 9 - 11 am, on

11 & 25 May, 8 & 22 Jun 2018.

SPEAKER TRAINING IN LANCASHIRE - mixed group of men and women

Held at Society 1, 9 - 10 Cross Street, Preston PR1 3LT, 5 - 7 pm, on

21 March, 11 & 25 April, 16 May 2018.

The PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB gives women the skills and confidence to speak in public, training in a small-group setting where it’s safe to try things out before doing it for real back at work.

It’s about so much more than just speaking skills: you’ll find your voice, whatever stage you’ve reached in your career.

We have some fun, too!

“What has always struck me about Karen is her clear understanding of the challenges women face in the Corporate environment - and specifically her experience working in the engineering sector - which, much like banking, is very male dominated and struggles to produce an environment that encourages and nurtures female talent.” EJ

Speaking Club members are women from all walks of life who want to make more impact and have more influence at work.

This photo shows members of the Clitheroe Speaking Club, Summer 2014

There are never more than six participants in each training programme and these women will become close allies, loyal supporters and even friends. In a world where women’s voices are still heard infrequently and where women’s perspectives are still rarely at the heart of the decision-making process, the PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB can be the start of something new. It’s a haven where women can express their talents which, once unleashed, can be used at will.

Women come to the PHENOMENAL WOMAN SPEAKING CLUB at different stages in their career and from across the spectrum of employees, professionals and entrepreneurs. What brings them together is a desire to be recognised for what they do and who they are. Some go on to achieve promotion, others find a new job where their skills are valued. One of my trainees rehearsed in our small group and then walked out on to a stage in front of 700 people. Another pitched her business idea to 400 investors. One woman decided that, for the first time, she’d stand up and talk about her group’s activities to colleagues. They’re all PHENOMENAL WOMEN!  

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Are you intrigued by the concept of the Phenomenal Woman Speaking Club? Would you like to find out more about the training I’ve been delivering since 2011?

I’ll be running introductory sessions in London, Manchester and Wakefield a few weeks before the Speaking Club is due to start in each location, when I’ll be speaking about why it matters that women speak up in business and what holds us back. E-mail me now and I’ll let you know when the plans are confirmed.

Bring your line manager, budget holder or other decision-maker if you can! Women and men are invited.

Bookings closed