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It has been a fantastic experience to work with Ishbel. Her expertise and knowledge helped me to become more confident and stand my ground in adverse situations. Her sessions are not dry, boring powerpoints on self-help techniques, but engaging, and uplifting conversation where I can reflect on my experiences, learn about communication and body language and create an empowering and positive mindset. She was also very flexible, fitting me into her schedule a few days before my assessment centre. As a result of our session, have successfully secured an internship and drastically increased my confidence in social settings and became more aware of my communication habits.

Piroska Horvath, Juniper Associate

Was a brilliant talk and learnt a great deal of skills that I can try to adopt to my working life.  Great toolkit to take away too!; Really practical session, lots of things to take away and put into everyday life - not just public talks; Best session of the day!; Clear, concise - a good reminder of how to be a successful public speaker.

IoF Scotland Conference 2019

Zero to Hero - Public Speaking in an Hour Session attendees

In current role and team, we only have a small pool of people with a personal connection to autism that speak at events so this has given a lot of food for thought that I can share with our team to expand on; We don’t yet have any volunteer speakers, but this has been a brilliant session to get us prepared for expanding this way; Very relevant presentation great presenter good tips; Very thorough and engaging

IoF Scotland Conference 2019

Volunteer Speaker Training Session Feedback

We really benefitted from it, both ambassadors & staff!!! We loved the informality of it and flexibility of the pace which really suits the nature of Youth Work practice. The activities were well suited to the wide range of ages and experiences in the room and everyone felt included and able to join in. It was pitched just right! The specifics that ambassadors have mentioned have improved since the training were stance, posture, breathing and everyone loved Barack Obama!

YouthLink Scotland

IWill Campaign Ambassador Training

Ishbel was an amazing keynote speaker for our event on ‘knowledge mobilisation’ in March 2019. She effortlessly wove together personal insights and stories to help us reflect on how we use and tell stories to help people share knowledge. Her manner, presentation style and wisdom had a profound effect on those who attended the event and she was undoubtedly the highlight of our entire 2 day programme. She worked closely with us to craft her presentation to our needs and was fantastic to work with. Our only concern now is how on earth we will be able to find another keynote speaker for next year who will even come close to Ishbel!


Dr Vicky Ward

Chair UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, University of St Andrews

Many thanks to you Ishbel for the support and guidance you've give to our young people.  There is such a marked difference in both their delivery and confidence it's hard to think about what you do as just 'public speaking training'.

Dr Annie Doyle

Training Manager - Robertson Trust

Ishbel has an amazing skill at engaging us in a personable inclusive way.  I'm really inspired.  I heard some things today that made so much sense to me and I just want to learn more!

Participant at Funder Training

RS MacDonald Training - Glasgow

I strongly recommend Ishbel - inspiring, insightful and fun!

Andrea Cardillo

Managing Partner, TPC Leadership

I spoke at the Robertson Trust Annual Gathering on stage at The RSAMD auditorium - I attended Ishbel's training - it was thorough and got me on stage.  I learned from the best!  


Sir Ian Good Leader - Robertson Trust Scholar

Ishbel is a wonderful public speaking trainer. In September 2018, she delivered a workshop and provided one to one coaching sessions for speakers in preparation for a TED-style talk event in Aberdeen. Her approach was imaginative, engaging and tailored. She empowered our social enterprise leaders to present with passion and confidence. Thanks again, Ishbel, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Kaja Czuchnicka

Partnership and Enterprise Officer ACVO (Aberdeen TSI)

I did a TEDx Talk and Ishbel helped me to find my words for my presentation making sense of what I wanted the audience to understand. Ishbel took me through the process from beginning to end. Extremely grateful for all the support I received which allowed me to overcome some nerves and prepare.

Barbara Haig

Social Impact Manager - Social Bite

Your input was perfect: delivered with great humanity, breadth of knowledge, huge experience and much humour.  You pitched it just right (in every way!) and were a great example to the students (and staff) as well as a great teacher.

Canon Anne Tomlinson

Principal Scottish Episcopal Institute

This was unique, exciting,  thinking outside the box training, and was extremely enjoyable – it took me outside of my comfort zone, and it worked for me.

Team Member

Glasgow Homeless Network

“Ishbel worked with the Trustees and staff to help us focus on how we speak to others about Team Jak.  I did not expect it to be so emotional and am grateful to how Ishbel structured and facilitated an inspiring, practical and enjoyable session which I know will help everyone speak about what we do.  We really learned that even though we all have different backgrounds and stories, we can all share the same message.”

Team Jak Volunteer Training Day

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"Best so far! Great presentation." "Fantastic common-sense guide/top tips." "Entertaining and very clear. Very well-tailored to different levels of organisations in audience. Very persuasive and well-practiced." "Thank you for the tool!" 

Attendees at Institute of Fundraising Conference

Comments on our Perfect Pitch training

Ishbel's facilitation was great. Thank you.  There was a good feel, you kept us on task and to time. we produced some really valuable material and written material (which can sometimes be lacking at these kinds of things).  Myself and my colleague Tommy thought it was one of the best we’d participated in.  Thanks again and I would have nothing but enthusiasm for hiring your services again !

Jonny Kinross, CEO Grassmarket Community Project

Facilitation at Whole Team Annual Strategy Planning Event

Ishbel, you really made me think about how and what I can communicate about our charity. It was a great motivator being part of the session and how through my communication methods we can progress with our aims of the charity.

Attendee at RS MacDonald Beneficiary training

Manager of Complex Health needs charity

Working with Ishbel gave me the confidence to deliver a presentation to a much larger audience than I am used to.  The help with content and delivery made me very sure of a newer subject area in front of a challenging audience.

Dr Laura Young MBE

Founder and CEO of The Teapot Trust

Just to say a huge thank you for the Speaker Training session today. It was really useful & I appreciated your feedback. I will try to put into practice all your helpful tips & advice.

Fundraising Officer

Mary's Meals

'Our ministry candidates have benefited from their work with Ishbel Smith, both individually and as a group. With her awareness of context and personality, she has a strong capacity for assisting others towards fulfilment of their potential in public speaking and communicating.' 

Professor David Fergusson

Principal New College, University of Edinburgh

Ishbel is very personable and easy to engage with.  Her feedback is well considered, constructive and delivered thoughtfully.  She has thought through how things can be done to give us help in other related areas as well, such as speaking persuasively


Episcopal Church

I found the speech training program helpful with Ishbel providing useful feedback both after her visit to my placement church and after the debate session. I have used a number of her suggestions when leading worship which goes to show you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Ministry Candidate

Church of Scotland

I would definitely recommend this training to others in the third sector.  For charities conveying the key messages are a fundamental part of the job, so presenting in a clear concise way is very important.

Communications Head

Class Participant

Ishbel provided really valuable tips for presentations.  She looked at each of us individually to give us personal advice.  She was also very engaging.

Social Media Editor

Scottish Charity

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