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Commanding Presence: Advanced Communication & Presentation Skills 

2 Day Workshop

In a survey of 1500 professionals, the top three benefits of being an excellent speaker are respect, persuasion, and career advancement. The top three consequences of poor speaking are being underestimated, being perceived as less intelligent, and unfulfilled potential.

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Program Description

This is an intensive, personal coaching program designed to immediately upgrade your speaking skills reduce your communication stress and remove the barriers that poor speaking put in front of you and your career. The focus is on “Eloquence”, the preparation of information and “Performance”, effective delivery. As one of only 8 participants, you will receive all of the personal coaching you require and learn new skills in a comfortable and supportive environment. You will be working with the most experienced speaking coach in North America.

Who Should Attend

Does your speaking ability consistently match your expertise and knowledge in important meetings and presentations? Would you like to immediately improve your ability to deliver precise, informative and persuasive presentations? If so, this program is for you!  In this highly effective and rewarding workshop, you will achieve a substantial and permanent improvement in your confidence and speaking ability.


Download the 2-day Workshop Factsheet.

The Commanding Presence program covers these topics:

Text Preparation

  • Analyzing and anticipating audiences
  • Preparing ‘listening driven’ material
  • Writing text to be heard, not read


How To Think on Your Feet:

  • Respond quickly and eloquently
  • Create your own powerful, memorable statements
  • Be concise, authoritative and persuasive


How to Achieve a Commanding Presence

  • Managing pre-performance stress and stage fright
  • Speak with warmth, energy and clarity
  • Speak confidently from notes
  • Move and gesture naturally
  • Develop charismatic speaking skills


Personal Performance

  • Manage daily and episodic stress
  • Develop a more powerful voice
  • Breath to relax, and create a listening environment
  • Best practices for continuous improvement


Ongoing Support

  • Personal, written analysis of your communication skills
  • Personalized program for continuous growth
  • ‘Before and After’ DVD of your presentations
  • 3 months of personal one-to-one telephone coaching

Registration and Dates

Registrations are currently being taken for programs on:

  • February 22 - 23, 2016 (SOLD OUT)
  • March 21 - 22, 2016
  • April 11-12, 2016
  • April 25-26, 2016

Workshops are conducted from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

New dates are constantly being added. Please contact John Doucette at: 1-866-968-6771 for the most current dates.

To register, complete this form and return it via fax (416-968-6770) or email


$1,950 for CPA Ontario Members

Fee includes daily breakfast and lunch, training materials, and videotape. After the program you will receive a written, personal analysis of your voice and communication style, and recommendations for continuous improvement.


Toronto, Ontario

CPD Information

Subject to CPA Ontario regulations, Members may count up to 16 hours of verifiable CPD for the completion of Commanding Presence.

Commanding Presence Alumni

An optional program exists, for the alumni of the Commanding Presence program, who wish to continue honing their speaking and presentation skills.

For more information, please contact: John Doucette at 1-866-968-6771.


John Plank, M.A., is one of the most highly qualified and respected communications coaches in North America. He has twenty years of experience in the corporate, public service and legal professions. He is a performance coach for CBC Radio and Television.

John coaches accountants, lawyers, senior executives, leaders, and other professionals, in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

He has a Master’s degree in voice and speech and was director of actor training at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival.

John is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Commanding Presence ™ training programs which are accredited by professional associations in North America and the U.K.

Contact Commanding Presence

For more information about the Commanding Presence program, please contact John Doucette at: 1-866-968-6771