New online venture for public speaking trainer Open Dawes

By Nick Batten on 6 November, 2020

Swindon-based public speaking and presentation company, Open Dawes Training, is launching a new service to enable people to learn at their own pace with online, on-demand training.

Until now, Open Dawes Training has focused on delivering ‘live’ sessions, to groups or individuals. This was usually in person, other than for overseas students, but when Coronavirus hit, online training became the main delivery vehicle, carried out via video link. 

Now, Chris Dawes, Managing Director of Open Dawes Training, is taking this one step further and creating a series of teaching video modules, assignments, quizzes, surveys, workshops and webinars, all delivered through a student dashboard, which manages progress and can even issue relevant certificates when training is completed. The training can be streamed and completed at any time.

The company’s existing courses, delivered live or via video conference, will continue, and become an additional element of the higher-level online training packages.

Chris explained, “Since the pandemic, most of our training has gone online, delivered via video conferencing technology, and ironically has even included training on using video technology for presentations, meetings, and training. It’s been highly successful and – although we do still have some face-to-face training, in safe environments – our clients have been very happy to learn remotely.

“The advantage is that candidates will have access to our training, but with the flexibility to complete courses in their own time and time zones.”

There will also be individual, bitesize training modules focusing on key areas that Open Dawes Training’s clients regularly want help with, such as being effective in meetings, coping with nerves, preparing a presentation, or communicating at trade shows. The products will be available as one-off purchases or on a subscription basis.

The training modules – all delivered via the Thinkific platform – will also lead to Open Dawes Training expanding into new areas, such as sales training and crisis communications.

Chris said that the venture would be “really valuable to individuals and organisations.” 

He added, “We’re passionate about helping people with their public speaking and presentation, because we know from our own experience what a difference it can make. As we always say, these are soft skills that give your core skills a voice, and they can open doors you may not even know exist yet!”

To register interest in the new on-demand training, visit

Pictured above: Chris Dawes, Managing Director of Open Dawes Training