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Steve Bustin’s Critique club has allowed me to reach beyond the standard I had expected to take years to master – in a matter of a few short months.” 

I started off with a half written scrappy presentation and finished up with a really powerful piece that I’m proud of.”

With Steve’s help I have made a huge leap towards the next level of professionalism.”

“The greatest value to me was the opportunity to practice material in an environment that was not only safe but provided the feedback to allow me to quickly develop content and enhance my skills.”

“The monthly group session helped refine my skills as a speaker but the 1-2-1s focussed my message, which in turn refined my brand and business model.”

The feedback from just a few previous members of Critique Club. Many have gone on to secure the biggest speaking gigs of their career; win investment; win speaking competitions and change their business model.

Others have conquered nerves; found the confidence to present without a script and learned to relax and enjoy being on stage. Most have written and successfully delivered completely new keynotes, pitches and presentations.

Is it time you developed the skills to do the same?

Registration is now open for a brand new Critique Club membership group starting Monday April 15th (0930-1230) and running every third Monday for 6 months. There are only six places up for grabs. Secure your place using the form below.

As a business leader, subject expert or professional speaker, you need to make an impact through presenting and public speaking. You are increasingly expected to speak with confidence and creativity and to communicate complex ideas effectively. Are you ready to step up to that challenge?

Often the only place to learn these essential skills has been in ‘live’ situations in front of an audience, adding to your stress when mistakes are noticeable to audience members and painful to you and your organisation.

Imagine you had the right skills and the right techniques for any speaking situation at your fingertips. Imagine that you had already practiced your words and your performance in front of a supportive audience, ironed out any issues and now felt utterly confident in your ability to deliver. Imagine how that confidence would lift the power and effectiveness of your message.

Your Critique Club host is UK Speaker Hall of Fame speaker and C-suite public speaking coach Steve Bustin. As well as delivering keynotes, presentations and workshops around the world. Steve has critiqued, honed and given feedback to hundreds of speakers, from international business leaders to absolute beginners, always with one aim in mind: to make them better speakers so they deliver more value to their audiences. Steve is a former National President of The Professional Speaking Association and was named their National Speaker of the Year in 2015. He’s the author of two books, The Authority Guide to Presenting and Public Speaking and The Authority Guide to PR for Small Business. Steve also hosts Speech Club, a free monthly online event where he shows and then discusses a great speech.

Critique Club delivers the following huge value:

  • A confidential and supportive monthly online Mastermind group of no more than six members
  • Each session features skills coaching from Steve and regular opportunities for each group member to develop and practice their skills, rehearsing and presenting in a safe environment and receiving honest, constructive and actionable feedback
  • The opportunity for peer learning from others in a similar position to you, developing their speaking and presenting skills
  • 1-2-1 coaching sessions with Steve to really explore and hone your content and delivery
  • Constructive feedback from Steve throughout, designed to improve content, delivery and audience engagement

Here’s how that value is delivered:

  • Six 3-hour online group coaching sessions
  • Two 1-2-1 60 minutes coaching sessions with Steve, on Zoom or in person in Brighton
  • All group and 1-2-1 sessions are recorded and made available for you to rewatch and review or to catch up if you miss a session
  • A complimentary copy of Steve’s book, The Authority Guide to Presenting and Public Speaking
  • Additional email and phone support for the duration of the programme
  • A WhatsApp group for the members of your group, offering support, discussion and resources to support you in your work.

Critique Club will give you:

  • The skills to critique a speech to enable you to continue to improve your own content
  • The ability to structure your speeches to make easier to remember and deliver and easier for your audience to understand
  • The know-how to tailor your content to different lengths and styles of public speaking
  • An understanding of how you can make your content stand out through delivery, visuals and personalisation
  • A honed sense of stage presence and a practical knowledge of stagecraft and insider knowledge on what makes great speakers so eye-catching and memorable on stage

Topics covered during the programme include:

  • Understanding and honing your unique personal presentation style, ensuring authenticity that resonates with your audience
  • Overcoming writer’s block and generating compelling presentation content
  • Mastering content structuring for seamless delivery and audience comprehension
  • Harnessing the power of great slides and using visual aids and props to add impact
  • Harnessing the power of voice and body language to exude charisma and authority
  • Navigating panel discussions and event hosting with finesse
  • How to use humour strategically to enhance audience connection
  • Stagecraft essentials for commanding attention and maximising audience engagement

Registration is now open for the Critique Club cohort starting Monday April 15th (0930-1230) and running every third Monday for 6 months.

Your commitment:

  • Six half days for group coaching sessions: 3rd Monday of the month, 0930-1230
  • Two one-hour 1-2-1 sessions with Steve
  • Some work between sessions to prepare content to deliver to the group for feedback and critique
  • Early bird price: £995+VAT (until 31st March)
  • Full price (from 1st April): £1295+VAT

Secure your place using the form below.

Here’s what some previous members have to say about Critique Club:

Camilla Long – Bespoke Communications:

“I decided it was time to push my speaking to a new level. So I went on the hunt for a coach to support my own learning and growth. Steve’s reputation precedes him, so it was an easy decision for me to join the Critique Club. It was a fantastic opportunity to finesse my own speaking techniques – through one2one work as well as feedback from others on the programme. The result of my work with Steve was that I was named the Professional Speaking Association’s Emerging Speaker of 2021” 


William Buist – Strategic Mentor:

“I have recently completed Steve’s Critique Club programme. It is valuable, effective, and fun. Steve’s insights and skilled analysis and advice have made my speaking much more powerful. His advice has resulted in better structure, more confident delivery and a more powerful impact for the audience. Steve’s Critique club has allowed me to reach beyond the standard I had expected to take years to master in a matter of a few short months.” 


Steve Rackley, Co-founder and Director at James Chase and Silicon Brighton:

“I participated in Steve’s Critique Club programme and couldn’t be more pleased! Steve’s approach was excellent, he is extremely easy to work with and has a natural manner which quickly put all of us on the course at ease. His energy is infectious, and he really made the whole course an unforgettable experience. Unlike many coaches, he has had a lasting and positive effect, building on my strengths and giving me the tools to work on my less strong areas. I cannot recommend Steve highly enough.” 


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