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James Hurford

The Confidence Doctor


Presentation Skills Expert • Speech Coach • Professional Speaker

No matter who you are or what you do, speaking well is one of the most important skills you can develop. Personal relationships, social interactions and work situations all require you to communicate with other people.

By becoming a better speaker you can advance your career, enhance your reputation, boost your self-confidence and open up countless opportunities.

Why is it people fear public speaking so much?

The fear of public speaking is the #1 fear of all fears. It ranks far above the fear of death, heights, sickness, jumping out of a plane or loneliness.

Overcoming this fear is the first step to becoming an effective public speaker, powerful communicator and influencer. It’s a skill that’s essential if you want to have impact at work, at home or in your community.

If you’re only able to talk with people one-on-one, you’re greatly limiting your ability to grow and succeed in life. Everything at a higher level involves being able to talk with groups of people.

Professional Speakers Association of South Africa (PSASA)
Toastmasters International.
Rotary Club. Rotary International.
LAMDA. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Examinations. Qualifications.

Author, How to speak better

What they're saying

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James is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. He taught me a lot. I highly recommend him. Jabu Ngwenya

Features Editor, Ndalo Media

Every sloppy, confused, or poorly written message, email or document leaves the reader with a negative impression. This brief book, will be of significant benefit to everyone in business. Download it. Ian Mann

Leadership and strategy consultant, Fin24

It was a pleasure working with James. I learnt so much. Eldry Smit

Marketing, Momentum Insurance

Expertise is difficult to come by and James has it by the bucket load. The creativity he brings to a project is an inspiration and he can be relied upon to deliver on time and on budget Alison Thomas

PR & Marketer

James held workshops for our staff that were very well received. The knowledge he imparted was invaluable to our organisation. Lauren King

Digital Specialist, AfriSam

Great stuff. Drayton Bird

Chairman, Drayton Bird Associates

James gave an excellent workshop. We’re now rolling it out throughout the Foschini Group. Camilla Hazel

HR Manager, Foschini Group

I have worked with James on some high profile corporate accounts and have not yet met anyone with his level experience and thoroughness. Ryan Hurter

Founder, Visioneers South Africa

Let's talk

Call: +27 (0) 74 254 5881

Speaking fees are negotiable depending on your event date and location as well as the audience size and composition. Contact me for a quote.

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Momentum insurance.
Hollard Insurance.
African Alliance asset management.
Platmin mines.
Regent Insurance.
Old Mutual.
Pricewaterhousecoopers. pwc.

James Hurford
31 Nassau Crescent
Durbanville 7550
Cape Town

+27 (0) 74 254 5881