Practical, helpful. Duncan was very enthusiastic, supportive and generous.
— silverbean

About us

DY training exists to promote an idea. An idea we think is pretty important and powerful. This is it:

When we connect with other people, we are all capable of great things

More and more of our communications are happening though a screen. We befriend, follow, connect and like at an extraordinary rate, but somewhere along the road we've forgotten the true power of person to person interactions. We've fallen into a culture where formal communications are purely logical, data driven and often leave audiences uninspired, disinterested or downright bored. Hands up if you've ever been bored in a presentation?

This is where poor communications get risky. A disengaged conference audience makes the session a waste of time. A team who fail to communicate with others can sink an otherwise exciting project. A business pitch outcome may well rest upon how the client feels about the teams involved.  The ramifications of not putting effort into communications can be disastrous. 

However, when done well, that session becomes the talk of the conference, the team works slickly and quickly to solve problems and the clients feel confident to trust you with work; the content hasn't changed, the difference is all in communication. 

Together we can launch amazing projects, create first class businesses and forge lasting connections - but to get there we must first communicate powerfully.

We must communicate, person to person, remembering that people are emotional as well as logical, and that there is nothing more compelling than someone who speaks from the heart.* 

This is why DY training exists

*and along the way we'll eliminate boring PowerPoint presentations


About Duncan

Duncan has been training performers in one form or another for over a decade; first in theatre, then science communication and now in the art of presenting and strongly believes that although all these forms are different, the skills and fundamental basis are the same. The key is connecting to your audience emotionally as well as logically. 

A masters degree in science communication forged a fascination with expert to non-expert communication, how it works and what happens when it goes wrong. Since then he's thrown himself into the world of communication and presentation, learning about storytelling, psychology, and emotional response.He learnt how we influence others and what it takes to have an audience hanging on your every word. He is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with others and has seen first hand how influential good speakers can be.