Communication and presentation skills









































I liked the idea to use a wider range of my voice. The idea that voice is something physical, an instrument, that we can 'travel with the story'. The fact that I can show all of me, instead of just staying in my comfort zone

Dr Ellen Holtmaat, Fellow - Department of International Relations, LSE


This academic year, we will be running sessions online in Zoom and on-campus.

We run two kinds of voice-coaching sessions: masterclasses (two-hour long group sessions with eight to 12 participants) and one-to-one sessions (under an hour with the session tailored to your unique requirements).

The sessions are led by experienced voice coaches, Delia Lloyd and Sue Henry. Both their profiles are available at the bottom of this page.

Establishing presence in the classroom with Delia Lloyd

Establishing your presence in the classroom or lecture theatre hinges on using a range of communication tools including body language, voice and wordsto enhance your personal impact. You also need to approach teaching with a positive mindset. Participants will come away from this masterclass with greater confidence in their ability to manage connections, perceptions and relationships in the context of a classroom.

Engaging students in quantitative subjects

To be a successful teacher, you need to do three things: 1) Present key concepts and theories 2) Explain them using examples and evidence and 3) Engage and entertain. This workshop will show you how to do all of these things so as to communicate your ideas clearly, succinctly, and engagingly. Although all are welcome, the principal target for this workshop are those teachers that engage mainly with quant-oriented subjects. Topics covered include:

*The fight for attention

*Structuring a lesson

*Communication techniques for teaching quantitative topics

*Using graphs and visuals to maximum effect

*Presenting complex data

Please see our Atlas schedule for Delia Lloyd's 2022/23 dates

If you are unable to book onto the session you want, please join our waiting list.

Communication and presentation skills for teaching: One-to-one with Sue Henry

This session will focus on developing your communication and presentation skills when you’re teaching in the classroom or online.The session is generally just under an hour long and is an opportunity to work one-to-one with a voice coach in a session tailored to your unique requirements. In advance of the session, the voice coach will contact you to identify which areas you wish to work on so that they can tailor the session to your needs.

Discover and use your authentic voice: voice-coaching masterclass with Sue Henry

In groups of ten, participants work though the basics - voice, posture, body language, presence, etc. – while being guided through a range of exercises and activities. The voice coach will also cover interacting with online audiences, talking to camera, communicating when wearing masks and other aspects of online teaching. The masterclasses are group sessions that are two hours long, and provide you with the opportunity to try out and practise new techniques, learn from your peers, and get feedback on your progress.

Please be aware that you will need to turn your camera on for participation in this workshop. 

Please see our Atlas schedule for Sue Henry's 2022/23 dates

If you are unable to book onto the session you want, please join our waiting list.



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About Delia Lloyd

Delia Lloyd is a London-based communications expert with over 20 years of experience as a writer, editor and coach. She brings together an unusual mix of rigorous, analytic thinking with an authentic, accessible voice.

Delia holds a Phd. in political science from Stanford University and has taught public policy and international development at MIT and The University of Chicago. During 2001-2, she was a Senior Development Adviser at the United States Treasury Department, where she was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. Most recently, Delia was the Head of Policy and Research Insight at BBC Media Action, the BBC's International development charity, where she was in charge of commissioning, editing and disseminating policy and research outputs. A seasoned journalist, Delia’s reporting and commentaries have appeared in outlets including The New York TimesThe Financial TimesThe Washington Post and The BBC World Service. Delia blogs about adulthood at her highly popular personal blog, RealDelia, and is a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing

Delia offers coaching and workshops in writing, speaking and leadership communications for commercial, non-profit and academic clients. Clients include the BBC, London Business School, The London School of Economics and Oxford University. She has served as a mentor to start-ups through both Zinc and LSE Generate. She is also a talented editor with a speciality in policy and research. 


Sue Henry

About Sue Henry

Sue is a voice and authentic expression coach and has specialized in working with lecturers, staff, and students in the academic sector for over 20 years and at LSE for the past 8 years. In this masterclass she looks at the impact of uncertainty or stress on our ability to communicate online and how to channel nervous energy into effective expression with body language, gesture and voice. Sue explains some of the simple technical aspects of camera performance and how to make the most of the intimacy it offers. Using mindful practices and vocal techniques participants will explore how to come into the room more fully, make their connections meaningful and productive and hold their audience even if they are on opposite sides of the planet. Sue is known for her friendly, informal yet thorough approach and believes that to be effective as a speaker you need to be authentic, "you but more you" or, as Oscar Wilde whom she is fond of quoting said; “Be yourself, everybody else is already taken”. There will be an opportunity for Q and A so please bring any questions you have about your voice and presence on screen or in person to the session.