Mel Sherwood is a pitch and presentation specialist who prepares ambitious entrepreneurs and business professionals to take centre stage, embrace the spotlight and present clearly, confidently and credibly. After seeing so many business people doing themselves a disservice through ineffective pitches and presentations (or avoiding public speaking completely!) Mel developed a unique set of programmes to share the communication and confidence tips she has learned during 25 years in business and a lifetime of being on stage.

Through her interactive keynotes, masterclasses and one to one sessions, she reveals valuable tools and techniques that support individuals and organisations to design and deliver winning pitches and presentations. She has coached and trained over 5,000 people including more than 30 Scottish EDGE fund winners who have secured £1.7m between them. 

Mel at TEDx Portobello

Mel at TEDx Portobello

Described as charismatic, engaging and riveting, Mel is also a popular event host who adds an element of fun and really connects with an audience.

Clients include large Government organisations such as Scottish Enterprise, SMEs from advertising agencies to software companies as well as individual entrepreneurs and startup founders in a wide variety of industries.

Mel’s first book The Authority Guide to Pitching Your Business: How to make an impact and be remembered… in under a minute! was published in September 2017.

A multi-award winning speaker and a qualified trainer, mediator and NLP Practitioner, Mel was also the 2016-17 President of the Professional Speaking Association UK and Ireland (Scotland Region). An Australian who now calls Scotland home, Mel combines over 20 years’ experience in business with a background as an actor, presenter and singer to help her clients transform their lives and businesses through improved communication skills.

As an event organiser, you know how crucial it is to get the right speaker for your event. A speaker who engages, inspires and entertains while providing valuable takeaways for your audience. 

My Taking Centre Stage programmes are all designed to help entrepreneurs and business professionals to present with more confidence, credibility and conviction.

Working one to one with me offers you an opportunity to explore communications challenges in a safe and supportive environment. One to one sessions are a powerful way to get lasting results fast.

We hired Mel because we had a need to improve the way in which we delivered presentations, anything from pitching for new work to presenting ideas to current clients. Mel gave us a clear structure and methodology. She was able to build up the confidence of the attendees by giving them a toolkit of things they could do to improve their ability to speak. They are now able to present confident that they have the right content, the right structure and the right skills to deliver a great presentation that gets results.
— Stewart Cruickshank; 
Business Director, Storm ID
Mel came highly recommended and delivered a workshop for us on pitch and presentation skills aimed at arts fundraisers. She worked with us to tailor the content appropriately for the audience and the feedback from participants was fantastic with lots of comments about what an engaging presenter Mel is. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mel on this initiative and I would happily do so again should the opportunity arise.
— Anna Scott
Stakeholder Engagement Manager; Arts & Business Scotland
I attended 2 workshops with Mel both for help with pitching. They made me face a fear and so using her techniques, positive coaching, advice and supplementing that knowledge with her blog posts & social media. I managed a full 15 min presentation with no script - an achievement I was so proud of. Thank you Mel for changing my mindset.
— Karen Somerville; 
Director, Angels’ Share Glass