Local Government Training


Spruikit has been delivering public speaking and presentation skills training since 2005, and has worked with local government extensively since 2009. During this time we've helped hundreds of elected members, council staff and council executive management to find their voice and be more comfortable at speaking in front of others.


Local Government Presentation Skills Workshops – for individuals (from different councils)

Spruikit conducts local government workshops where elected members including mayors, councillors and aldermen from any Australian local government area can join an online group. These workshops are conducted with the specific needs of elected members in mind – to help them improve their public speaking and presentation skills during their time in office.

The training is not simply a webinar – it is run as a workshop where participants get to engage, interact and participate in practical exercises. This offers real personal value for participants and is why we limit group sizes. Get in and book early!


Registrations Closed – Enquire



Workshop conducted online, using Zoom, over 3 x 2-hour sessions:

Day 1

  • 10am to 12noon
  • 1pm to 3pm
  • Allow an hour for an overnight homework exercise

Day 2

  • 10am to 12noon

Note: The timing of this online workshop is the equivalent of a full day face-to-face workshop.


Learning outcomes

This online presentation skills workshop helps in the preparation and delivery of online and face-to-face presentations and public speaking engagements in local government – council meetings, committee meetings, community events, discussions, consultations, conferences, etc.

The training will help you to:

  • Overcome speaking fears and gain confidence
  • Better understand your audience
  • Develop your message
  • Articulate your point-of-view
  • Use your voice more effectively
  • Handle questions with authority and clarity
  • Use visual aids appropriately
  • Look the part
  • Interact with video conferencing technologies


Suitable for

This training is suitable for Australian local government elected members – including mayors, councillors and aldermen. Council staff and council executive management may also attend.

  • Local Government Victoria
  • Local Government Tasmania
  • Local Government New South Wales
  • Local Government Queensland
  • Local Government South Australia
  • Local Government Western Australia
  • Local Government Northern Territory



David Thomas and/or Marianne Van Dorslar will deliver this workshop. We use one or two facilitators depending on group size.


Registration terms and conditions

By registering for this workshop you acknowledge and accept Spruikit Terms and Conditions.



Varies according to how many participants you register in the same transaction:

  • 1-2 participants: $670.99 per participant*
  • 3+ participants: $486.19 per participant*

*includes GST and Eventbrite fee


Registrations Closed – Enquire


Private Council Workshops

Spruikit conducts private council presentation skills workshops where elected members including mayors, councillors and aldermen, council staff and council executive management from any Australian local government area can form their own private group. The workshops are delivered online or face-to-face (at your council offices), for small groups (up to 8) and large groups (9 to 12). Programs are tailored to suit the seniority and experience levels of each group.



What do Councillors think of Spruikit Presentation Skills Training?

“Professionally run, good engagement with group by presenters.”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the training. Incredibly practical and wonderful tools to implement. Took us out of our comfort zone, but empowered us first so we felt excited and energised about the challenge.”

“You ran a really good balance between getting on with it and allowing us questions and catch up – perfect presentation! You both gave and set a great example of what to strive for.”

“The course was really practical, and my time was well invested.”

“I found the training thorough, well presented and thought provoking.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 days. I gained so much from participation. The other participants contributed to its success. BUT all the presenters were the best presenters I have ever had. Engaging, knowledgeable, relevant. Thank you.”

“An excellent workshop. Well prepared – you walk the talk – very credible and knowledgeable experts. Thank you – have reinvigorated me and given me confidence to present with passion.”

“I found this PD one of the best I have participated in. The fact that we were forced to face our fears and present in front of strangers with little or no time to prepare was very useful. The critiquing was very useful and at no time was it negative. I was presenting in the Council Chamber last week and spoke slower and more clearly and found it was a much more pleasant experience. Thanks.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the way it was presented. The nature of the subject meant that we were not only able to glean a lot from the theory and various techniques presented to us, but also from the way both David and Marianne conveyed the information to us. It was, in effect, providing us with a continuous practical example of everything that was being taught.”

“Loved the course. Couldn’t have asked for better trainers.”

“Very useful course. Excellent support materials. V. good presenter.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this course particularly the presenters (Marianne and David) have articulated this program very well. I will definitely walk out and feel a lot more confident and look forward to use this experience as a councillor. I will also look forward to repeat this program in the future.”

“Fabulous workshop. Loved it.”

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