Two-Day Advanced Communication Skills Course in Toronto

Communication Skills for Executives and Leaders 

In Commanding Presence's highly effective and transformational business communication skills course in Toronto, you will achieve a substantial and permanent improvement in your comfort, confidence, and communication skills. Our participants receive all the expert communication coaching, exercises, practice, and video feedback they require and learn effective speaking skills in a comfortable and supportive learning environment. Participants will quickly improve every aspect of their business communication skills and presentation skills, from strategy and text preparation to voice quality, body language, establishing rapport, and overcoming speaking anxiety.


After this advanced communication skills course, participants will be able to:


  • Speak with more confidence and authority in all business and social environments

  • Quickly prepare memorable, persuasive text

  • Deliver concise and compelling formal presentations to small and large groups

  • "Think on your feet": respond quickly and eloquently to questions and inquiries in meetings, on the telephone, and in presentations

  • Establish rapport with different personality types: persuade and influence with integrity

  • Develop an individual and natural speaking style

  • Manage personal stress and communicate effectively under pressure


Two of our most popular units during the course are the FOCUS! Method and Connecting with Your Audience.


For subject experts and leaders there is a lot of pressure in choosing what to say, how much to say, and how to begin and how to end to ensure your message is effective, understood, and retained. That is why we created the FOCUS! Method which factors in the limitations of people's short-term memory. We can cause people to rehearse, replay, or have strong images connected to our messages that transfer the message from working memory to longer-term memory. Thereby removing the “stickiness” of your messages.


The FOCUS! Method also provides a way for both introverts and extroverts to essentially “say less, and say it better”. It is a way to take complex thoughts and ideas and quickly and effectively deliver them in a way that is designed to be heard, retained, and persuasive. Participants will get a chance to create their own Focus Method presentations using current topics or issues and practice delivering them to other participants. We will record the presentations and provide expert communication coaching.


The Connecting With Your Audience unit will help the participants to understand the behavioural cues of when your message is being received when to slow down, and when you need to clarify your message. Participants will also learn how to speak effectively from notes and text while using a conversational style of speaking that will help to imprint their message. Participants will practice this method with each other while receiving expert coaching. We will record each participant presenting using this method.


During the course, we will also cover managing anxiety while speaking, controlling the room while presenting, preparing to speak, preparing your voice, and how to analyze your audience.



The Two-Day Communication Skills Course fee is $2,100 + HST and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days and the following deliverables:



Two-Day Course Deliverables


  • Pre-course personal assessment of each participant which helps the coach customize the course to the goals and needs of the participants. This will be in the form of an online questionnaire.

  • Highly interactive course with group exercises, practice, and expert communication coaching

  • Commanding Presence Workbook

  • Videotaping sessions (4 sessions)

  • Video feedback session with feedback from the workshop coach and the other participants

  • Customized personal coaching

  • USB of your presentations from the course


90-Day Post-Course Deliverables


  • A letter of recommendations for continuous improvement from the coach

  • Commanding Presence Handbook for continuous improvement

  • Commanding Presence Video Refreshers which help maintain and reinforce the progress achieved at the course

  • Coaching updates and quick tips for the techniques and material learned in the course


Read our recent workshop evaluations and comments here


What’s unique about this advanced communication skills course?


World Class Coaching.  You will receive expert communication coaching and video feedback tailored to your unique speaking skills. The objective is to develop the full power of your natural speaking style and your unique personality. We provide a detailed pre-course assessment to each participant so that the coach is familiar with the areas of need and goals for each participant. Which helps our speaking skills coach customize personal coaching during the course. Course Coach - Peter Hiddema's Bio


Small Groups.  With only 10 participants, you will receive all of the communication coaching you require and learn new skills in a comfortable and supportive environment.


Videotaping & Video Feedback.  Time and time again, participants have indicated that our videotaping sessions have been transformational. You will have the opportunity to record four presentations throughout the course – and receive feedback from participants and your coach.


Enjoyable. Our clients appreciate the comfortable course environment and find the experience challenging, enjoyable and very rewarding.


Continuous Improvement.  You will receive a written analysis from your communication skills coach with personal recommendations for continuous improvement. The Commanding Presence Handbook is filled with “best practices” that will help you continue the momentum from the course.


Who benefits most from this type of business communication skills course and coaching?


Accountants, executives, lawyers, engineers, and sales professionals both new and established, who want to evaluate their communication skills and have decided to raise their current level of speaking.


The course is of tremendous value to those who are in the early years of their career, as well as those who are already successful speakers and leaders.



Commanding Presence's Business Communication Skills Coach, Peter Hiddema, explains the benefits and learning objectives of our world-class communication skills course.  

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Course Fee: $2,100 + HST

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Recent Communication Skills Training  Testimonials


“Really enjoyed the course, and found that everyone made great progress, Peter was a great instructor!”

Susan Roberts

Vice-President & Deputy Principal Broker

CDSPI Advisory Services Inc.


“Thank you, Peter, for the remarkable workshop I had the opportunity to attend. I'm confident that the instructions received will make a huge difference and enhance my speaking ability.”

Augusta Muresan, CPA

Federal Express Canada


“This course is excellent and I am so glad that I have taken it. It did help to improve the way to speak.”

Gloria Chan

Financial Advisor, CFO Branch, Ontario

Employment and Social Development Canada

“Thank you for a remarkable session. All of us did learn a lot. I look forward to applying what you have shared with me.”

Surinder Singh Aujla

Public Prosecution Service of Canada


“I enjoyed the course thoroughly. Very insightful. I look forward to receiving the recordings and an analysis of my performance.”

Rekha Chetlur

Manager, Information Management

Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change


"It was a pleasure meeting you and Peter. I’ve learned a lot over the Two-Day Workshop and hope to practice and utilize the methods taught in class, to continually improve."

Jennifer Lee, CPA, CMA

Senior Financial Analyst, Finance, PRESTO


“Your communication skills workshop was fun and interactive, it was one of the more enjoyable sessions I've attended in a while.”

Kelvin Chan

Corporate Controller

Infrastructure Ontario

“Thank you so much.  The communication skills training was fantastic.  Peter was an amazing presenter and speaker and the two days just flew by.”

Jennifer Wall

Senior Manager – Financial Planning & Analysis

Enercare Home Services



Our communication & presentation skills training is accredited by the following associations in the North America

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Recent Communication Skills Course Clients



  • AstraZeneca LP

  • Boston Pizza

  • Cadbury Schweppes

  • Canadian Tire

  • Casino Niagara

  • CBC

  • Enbridge Energy

  • Four Season Hotels

  • Imperial Oil Limited

  • Johnson & Johnson Inc.

  • McCain Foods

  • Pepsi Bottling Company

  • Rogers Cable

  • Shoppers Drug Mart



Accounting Firms

  • Ernst & Young LLP

  • BDO Dunwoody LLP

  • Birch Hill Equity Partners 

  • Brownlow & Associates

  • Deloite Consulting

  • Durward Jones Barkwell LLP

  • Grant Thornton LLP

  • MD Management LTD.

  • Merrill Lynch

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Welch & Company LLP


Law Firms

  • Blakes LLP

  • DLA Piper LLP

  • Edge International

  • Goodmans LLP

  • Hughes Amys LLP

  • Lang Michener LLP

  • Lenczner Slaght LLP

  • Miller Thomson LLP

  • Oatley, Vigmond LLP

  • Ricketts, Harris LLP

  • Robins, Appleby and Taub LLP

  • Torys LLP

  • WeirFoulds LLP

  • White & Case LLP




  • Ministry of Children’s Services

  • Ministry of Community & Social Services

  • Ministry of Consumer & Business Services

  • Ministry of Education

  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

  • Ministry of Natural Resources

  • Ministry of the Attorney General

  • Ministry of Transportation

  • Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal




  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Certified General Accountants of Ontario

  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters

  • CPA Ontario

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • New York City Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association




“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt I got a lot out of it. I will be recommending the course within my organization so might have a referral for the next session.”

Taheera Fidaali, CPA

McCain Foods Limited


“I thoroughly enjoyed your class. In fact, I wish I was still there! I think there was a big difference in my performance from day one to day two.”
Helen McLafferty
Ministry of Education

“The workshop was informative and insightful. It provided some very useful techniques that could be applied immediately, with noticeable results.”
Anthony W. Agueci, CFO
GreenPark Homes

“Thank you for a remarkable course. All of us did learn a lot. I look forward to applying what you have shared with me.”
Surinder Singh Aujla
Public Prosecution Service of Canada

“Anyone running for a position or making substantive presentations would benefit greatly from the Commanding Presence course. I even put the skills to use in appearances before tribunals and the courts.”
Janet Fuhrer, Partner
Ridout & Maybee LLP


“Thank you so much.  The course was fantastic.  Peter was an amazing presenter and speaker and the two days just flew by.”

Jennifer Wall

Senior Manager – Financial Planning & Analysis

Enercare Home Services


"I enjoyed the course very much and won’t hesitate to recommend to my colleagues"

Serena Wou

Acting Senior Policy Advisor

Business, Innovation and Community Development

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


"The workshop and Peter Hiddema were great!"

Frank Colella

Procurement Advisor, Client & Vendor Relations, Procurement Services



“It was amazing to see the improvement in every participant's presentation skills in only two days. Great course!”

Kevin Little

Associate Vice President

Giant Tiger Stores Limited


“It was a good course with Peter, very happy to have taken part”

Anand Mehta

Strategic Planning & Market Research

Giant Tiger Stores Limited


“Overall I thought the course was amazing”

Michelle Budish​



“Peter's course was fun and interactive, it was one of the more enjoyable sessions I've attended in a while.”

Kelvin Chan

Corporate Controller

Infrastructure Ontario


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Two-Day Advanced Communication Skills & Presentation Skills Training in Toronto for Executives & Leaders

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