Welcome to The Heart of Speaking – a three-day immersive speaker training experience and development retreat with a difference.

October 27-29, 2021, Peterborough, UK

Here you will find the brilliance in your own real-life story, step into the power of YOU and use that energy to engage and inspire your audience.

Working in beautiful, relaxed surroundings you’ll be learning directly from award-winning speaker trainer and business coach Taz Thornton.

Assisted by content coach and TEDxPeterborough curator Asha Clearwater, you’ll learn how to tell your story with self-belief, confidence and ease.

Whether you’re completely new to speaking or already on the path, want to present at TEDx, develop your own platform or simply gain the skills needed to share a compelling, authentic and motivational story, this is for YOU.

We’ve chosen a beautiful 17th Century manor house as our venue, set in 20 acres of conservation parkland, including majestic giant redwoods: Orton Hall Hotel and Spa, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

The setting is always important to us when running our award-winning Heart Of Speaking retreats – we don’t want to just cram our delegates into a stuffy board room, or a modern-day goldfish bowl seminar space – we want you to be inspired by your surroundings, as well as our teachings and your own awesome potential.

Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking? We’ll help you conquer it in style – your style!

In a world where every third person wants to be a speaker, The Heart Of Speaking offers something unique and ongoing to add to your speaker skillset.

With a maximum of 12 delegates, this exclusive retreat ensures plenty of time for everyone to get the 1-2-1 guidance they need, supported by a group of people with the same aim – to be come the best speakers they can be!

Book The Heart Of Speaking and receive:

  • 3 days of practical, fun and informative training from Taz Thornton – someone walking her talk in the world of speaking

  • Empowering group activities designed to stretch your comfort zone and help you to be your best self

  • On-the-spot presentation challenges

  • Tips on how to speak off-the-cuff without the need for scripts or auto cues

  • Advice on body language, stage presence, confidence, tone and delivery style to help you engage with your audience

  • How to build energy in the room, master the art of working with your audience and have people hanging on your every work and wanting to know more – long after you’ve left the stage

  • Group discussion and activities around the power of story and storytelling and promotion

  • ‘Me’ time to create and fine tune your talk topics

  • A chance to step into the Heart Of Speaking Spotlight and showcase what you’ve learned

  • Walk away with your own signature TEDx-style talk, to use for your business, your passion, on social media or stages – wherever you choose


Your Heart Of Speaking Experience:
 special packages to suit your style and budget

Which will you choose? Standard, VIP or VIP+?

Standard Package

Three days of top level speaker training with practical, fun activities designed to stretch that comfort zone, inspire and motivate and help you fine tune your content and delivery so you’re ‘gig’ ready.

Inspiration and motivation delivered in an historic hotel set in 20 acres of beautiful mature parkland.

Lunch on us on all three days plus plenty of refreshments to keep us energised and engaged throughout.

A professional photographer on site to chart your progress and capture those winning moments.

Ongoing membership of an exclusive, online support group, for as long as you choose.

Cost: £895



VIP Package

All the benefits of our Standard package plus:

Dinner with course leaders Taz Thornton and Asha Clearwater where you can discuss the sessions, ask questions and network.

A 60-minute coaching call with Taz and Asha via Skype or in-person in South Lincolnshire.

Cost: £1,249



VIP+ Package 

All the benefits of our Standard and VIP packages plus:

Two nights’ hotel accommodation, with free access to hotel leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, steam room, sauna and mini-gym.

A 30-minute spa treatment during your stay. Choose from a variety of facials, head and body massages, scrubs and feet and leg treatments.

A free coaching call upgrade to 90 minutes (an extra 30 minutes compared to VIP) with Taz and Asha via Skype or in-person in South Lincolnshire.

Cost: £1,599



How many people could you be inspiring with your words?

How many lives could you help by speaking from the heart?

Come join us and discover for yourself!

The Heart Of Speaking: Empowering You To Be You. Authentic and True.