The de Burgh Group is a specialist training provider focusing on communication, presentation and personal development for business.

We are dedicated to providing the best professional training available to meet the requirements of our diverse client base by understanding their business, staying abreast of current trends and being adaptable. We are focussed on identifying and developing individual potential and harnessing that to deliver high-level performance and effective communication.

Our team of reliable and engaging trainers carefully identify training needs and offer expert knowledge to deliver services to senior professionals in a practical and enjoyable way, which is immediately effective and memorable.

Established in 2011, we have grown year on year offering a host of inspirational training courses and seminars designed to help people develop to their maximum potential and giving businesses the tools to develop and retain talent within their organisation.

Our clients include DLA Piper, Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Farrer & Co, Royal Bank of Scotland, Rabobank, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Tokyo Mistubishi, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Manchester United Football Club, BBC, Volkswagen Group, Carphone Warehouse, Konica Minolta, Savills, PwC, Ketchum, Foster & Partners, Cushman & Wakefield, HP.

What we do and how we do it

The de Burgh group is home to a team of highly proficient communicators, with a background of experience and achievement in the real world. Through training courses, seminars and 1:1 coaching we teach you how to read people, to know what they want and how to best communicate your message. Just as importantly, we also give tips on what not to do.

We provide a range of professional in-house training packages. These include training sessions and seminars for large groups (of 50+) which focus on basic skills and combine talk, video and interactive activities – perfect for graduate trainees and managers of all levels.

For more intensive training, we offer practical based sessions for small groups, and particularly effective for mid – high level managers. Our specialist 1:1 coaching, customised and covering topics from public speaking to addressing the camera, is in demand with those who are at the top of their game, from company directors and CEOs to politicians.

Presenting Excellence

Public Speaking

Successful Public Speaking is the art of combining persuasive language with engaging delivery to persuade, inspire and inform. An engaging speech can significantly raise your profile yet there are many who fear public speaking. We will help you develop your individual style, overcome any fears and learn the techniques of great speakers.

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Personal Impact

In any business, we need to connect quickly and actively with colleagues and clients alike to establish meaningful relationships and we need to do so with presence and impact. Learn how to demonstrate confidence in any situation and how to have a positive and memorable effect on others.

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Presentation Skills

The importance of mastering the skills of effective presentation is a key aspect of professional development. At all levels you will be required to present and we will work with you to develop and practise the essential skills and techniques involved in designing and delivering dynamic presentations.

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In a world where we are bombarded by information, far too many of the messages we receive are the same, and for that reason they don’t work. The marketplace is full of companies offering similar services and products, but making yours stand out? Well that’s a different story…

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on-screen presence

Speaking on Camera

This dedicated course is for anyone who has to deliver pieces to camera for in-house video, webinars or YouTube. You will learn how to bring your material to life and appear confident and relaxed in front of the camera.

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Media Training

Speaking to the media can be an extremely important part of business whether on tv, radio or in print. Learn first hand what journalists want and how to deliver key messages quickly and with confidence in any media environment.

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Influence and Persuasion

Explore the subtle techniques of split-second and long-term persuasion and influence so that you are better equipped to move people, change minds and influence others.

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In this masterclass you will learn how to use the principles of successful negotiation based on the Harvard approach as well as exploring trust, ‘negotiating backwards’ and dealing with impasse.

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Networking and Business Development

Business Development is all about establishing, nurturing and maintaining relationships. This masterclass will give you the tools and confidence to build your network by examining the essential strategies required to get the best from any event.

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Successful Pitching

Planning and preparation are two key elements to the success of any pitch – the third is practise. We will facilitate your pitch training under ‘live conditions’ and provide practical and independent feedback to ensure that your team is working together and ready to perform at maximum potential.

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1:1 Coaching

Whether you are a business leader or in a newly promoted role we will listen to your requirements and work with you to achieve your goals with a programme of coaching tailored to your needs.

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Resilience and Time Management

Increased availability, mounting time pressures and growing work load are all part of professional life. This course will help you to manage your time eficiently, reduce unnecessary stress and be more productive.

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Graduate Training

Providing graduate trainees with the core skills they need to develop into future leaders from day one will reap dividends in the medium and long term. We support trainee induction schemes with programmes including introductory Impact, Networking and Presenting training as well as developing a Personal Brand.

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Management and Leadership

What are the qualities of a great leader? How does leadership differ from management? What is your role as a manager? These seminars address the different styles of leadership and management, the importance of adapting those styles and what distinguishes effective leaders and managers.

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Specialist Conferences and Seminars

We are expanding our programme of specialist seminars that feature key industry speakers that have a record of achievement and expertise in their dedicated sectors. These events give attendees an insider’s view through the sharing of experience and knowledge which imparts a real insight into speakers’ respective fields.

These events provide an excellent platform for reviewing business and how one could do it better. They also provide an excellent opportunity to forge new ties and connections through networking. For more information on coming events, please visit the Seminars page.

Networking Opportunities

Leading Speakers

Topical Issues


de Burgh not only delivered exactly what we wanted but also succeeded in hitting exactly the right note, raising some laughs and giving the teams practical skills to take away and put into immediate use.

Simon ParkerGlobal Head, Acquisition Finance, Rabobank

Exceeded expectations! Very enjoyable and useful – it was excellently delivered.

Warren StapleyKirkland & Ellis (Associate)

Excellent structure.  Very insightful.  Really enjoyed my day, thank you!

Hannah BabiBank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi UFJ

Very useful tips and information.  Excellent course.

Nisrin KhachabBank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi UFJ

Great structure, delivery and content.  Would recommend.

Shilpam PatelNapp Pharmaceuticals (Senior Account Executive)

Very useful and important session.  Excellent delivery

Liana HewsonBerwin Leighton Paisner (Senior Associate)

Very professional delivery – interesting and engaging.  Many thanks.

Will DeeproseDLA Piper (Senior Associate)

Very useful insights and excellent delivery

James ParkerBerwin Leighton Paisner (Associate Director)

Excellent delivery.  Exceeded expectations.  Learnt a lot in a supportive environment.  Nice folder too!

Lauren WilksBristows LLP (Associate)

Excellent presenter – very clear, encouraging and personable

Simon SharpAssociate Berwin Leighton Paisner

Excellent practical session – reiterated important messages and techniques that are often forgotten

Gareth StringerAssociate, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Exceeded Expectations (Personal Impact) – much better than previous courses with different providers

Elizabeth Amos(Associate) Bristows LLP

Excellent presenter (Personal Impact) – he showed us, not just told us, what he was delivering

Briony Pollard (Associate) Bristows

A very well presented course and an excellent trainer.  More fun than I expected it to be.

Simon Baker Deputy Head - Global eMarkets, Rabobank

Excellent, very practical and relevant.  Would love to do it again.

Caroline CoulterSnr Associate CMS Cameron McKenna


Laura ConduitFarrer & Co (Associate)

Exceeded expectations!  I didn’t think I would enjoy training on this (Presentation Skills) – I did.  It was excellently delivered.

Jason MerrittKirkland & Ellis

The workshops have been absolutely stellar and completely brilliant!  They are the best skills workshops on the GDL course and at University

BPP Law School

Excellent.  Very useful (Presenting in English as a Non-Native Speaker)

Madeleine Kinoshita(MUFJ)

Excellent!  Thank you for the course. (Presenting in English as a Non-Native Speaker)

Zihan Zhang

I’ve done a few courses related to Presentation Skills, however this one was my favourite (Presenting in English as a Non-Native Speaker)

Helena Cervenkova(Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Very enjoyable and useful course (Personal Impact) – the presenter was engaging and enthusiastic

Nadine BleachBristows LLP

Brilliant. Interactive. Funny. Knowledgeable. I thought it was really great and everyone was made to feel at ease instantly.

Jane FrancisStephenson Harwood

I can honestly say I was completely engaged with the course and all of its content. I have taken so many positives away that I feel so much more confident in my approach to delivering a good presentation. I don’t often write reviews, however I feel that the course was well worthy of one. Fully enjoyed.

Neil BlakeleyBusiness Consultant, Konica Minolta

I found the session to be very helpful, insightful and engaging and it is not often that I am able to say that about training of any sort.

John TimmonsMaclay Murray & Spens

I very much appreciated the direct feedback.  I also felt the development session was very productive.

Angus MacAskillCEO Sterling Energy

I was able to express my ideas calmly and effectively during the presentation as a result of the coaching.

Norman PepePaul Hastings

Highly stimulating and relevant session that focussed on a core area for all legal professionals

Husna BegumL&D Coordinator, Reed Smith

I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. Excellent speakers with lots of good examples to take away.  I learnt a lot about public speaking

Khaled Mohammed Abdul MoyeedNon-Practising Barrister at Herbert Smith

The ability to communicate, whether orally or in writing, is probably the most important skill for a lawyer – the most valuable advice (from the seminar) was that anyone can be a good speaker provided they practice enough.  Very useful.

Ed HunterReed Smith

Perfect content and training.  Luan has all the skills we want to mimic in improving personal impact.

David BateLegal Director E.ON

I have been on several courses of this type over a period of time; this (Effective Presentation Skills) has been by far the best by concentrating on the personal aspect of putting a presentation together.

Peter EastFarrer & Co

Excellent course.  Very valuable lessons given to improve presentation skills.  Fulfilled expectations.

Gerard CukierPartner at Kingsley Napley

Really refreshing to look at presentations from a different angle rather than just structure.  Excellent

Gillian LayheFarrer & Co.

The course was taught very clearly and tailored to our needs.

Chloe LevyCEO Administrator, University of Surrey

Excellent.  Engaging.  Would recommend and use again.  Good humour and able to match mood of group

Michael PorterInnovation Group

I have to say that was one of the two best external training courses I have ever been on – the other one being in New Zealand back in 1996.  Fun! Entertaining! Stimulating!

Simon PerryInnovation Group

Engaging, incredible, informative and engaging.

DLA Piper Graduate Academy Feedback

Thank you for a great training session.  I found it both valuable and enjoyable, and would definitely recommend to any individual or business.

Chris PhylactouSenior Director TGI Friday’s

Truly excellent & professional.  Definitely use for more training

Tristan WarkCMS Cameron McKenna

Very good stuff – the course was brilliant (Personal Impact)

Rune AmundsenValiant Petroleum (Oslo)

Very interesting and useful course.

Ross McNaughtonPaul Hastings (Partner)

Extremely useful and practical; very competent and energetic trainer.

Pierre-Marie RobertRabobank (GFM)

The course (Effective Presentation Skills) was excellent and thoroughly enjoyable.

Danielle WhiteRabobank (Learning & Development Manager)

Really useful session – great to work on 1-1 basis.

Phil Mead Carphone Warehouse (Head of fraud and loss provention)

Very good.  Much better than the competitors I’ve seen.

Richard ViegasBristows LLP

Excellent and very practical

Lisa SharkeyPoppleston Allen (Partner)

Excellent delivery and very useful

Clare EamesPoppleston Allen (Partner)

Excellent opportunity to think about and look at yourself

Mark CardyManager, Rabobank

Very valuable session with direct relevance to current work.  Direct and practical value.  Excellent training.  I really enjoyed it.

Rachel CunliffeRabobank

Really useful – I have learnt a great deal about myself and understand the need to rehearse

Jo GardnerBusiness Development Manager, Agilysys

The speaker was absolutely fantastic.

Delegate comments at Communication Skills Presentation - Allen & Overy

I very much enjoyed the afternoon. Very well organised…very practical tips of both what to do and perhaps more importatnly what not to do

Rachel Hedley Ince Law

Well delivered and enormously beneficial session

Emma Turnbull Allen and Overy

Speaking in the bearpit of the House of Commons chamber is unlike any other form of public speaking but working with Luan de Burgh has really helped me to meet those challenges with much improved confidence.

Member of Parliament

A very knowledgeable and perfect trainer – everything was explained clearly and I have been given so much more confidence.

Joanne BullenShell UK

Having had this 1-1 coaching myself, I arranged for my team to have a training course and the results have been spectacular – they are motivated and very aware of their impact on others and as a result their own teams are functioning far better.  Extremely useful and very practical as opposed to some courses which just give you loads of dull handouts.  Highly recommended

Regional ManagerCIPFA

The trainer had the technical skills and personality to really connect with individuals, creating an environment where people understood and learnt the mechanics of vocal delivery and exercises to develop presentational skills.

Ben LewisExpression For Growth

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