She Leads Workshop – Building Confidence in Public Speaking with Catherine McGrath

Speaking in public is an essential skill for study, work, advocacy, and business. For many of us, speaking in public can be stressful, and we may require assistance in learning to structure and present ourselves in job interviews and our workplaces.

This workshop will build your confidence by helping you to understand why speaking can make you anxious and how nerves can be counteracted. You will also learn the skills needed to structure, write, and deliver a speech.

It will be a fun, supportive, and interactive session. By the end of the session, you will have a chance to present a three to five minute talk, and build the confidence you need to present yourself in your professional environment.

This workshop is facilitated by Catherine McGrath, a giant of the Australian media, well-known Canberra identity, keynote speaker, MC, writer, trainer and businesswoman. She is the founder of #WomenSpeaking, a program that trains women to speak at conferences and events. #WomenSpeaking trained 400 women in its first year of operation.

For three decades, Catherine has been one of Australia’s leading women broadcasters reporting for the ABC and SBS in both Australia and overseas and was political editor for both public broadcasters. From 1997-2016 she was a member of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery and covered her last federal election in 2016 as SBS Bureau Chief.

Catherine presents conferences and facilitates events Australia wide. She also works with some of the country’s biggest companies and public-sector organisations in media and presentation training.

She passionately believes it is important for women to be supported in developing speaking and communication skills and that Australia must broaden the number and scope of women who speak in the media and at conferences and events.

Please note: photographs will be taken at this event. If you do not wish to have your photo published, please phone 02 6185 2000 or email

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