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Perform at your full potential

I coach CEOs, actors, journalists, business people, students, public servants - anyone who has to speak in public or who just wants to increase their confidence, to understand and reach their full potential.

Through work that has been described as “life changing”,  I create a learning environment that challenges you to experience personal breakthroughs, by confronting the fears and anxieties associated with communicating in front of an audience.

My workshops are fun, engaging and results driven. I strive to have participants complete each course with a sense of achievement and growth.

My teaching is kinaesthetic - students learn from the experience of doing. The result is an autonomous performer or communicator capable of preparing themselves independently.

My nurturing process will take you beyond who you think you are and what you think you can do. My philosophy is that each of us has the right to express ourselves creatively and to be heard, understood and acknowledged.

Human beings need to communicate, express themselves and tell stories. On stage, on set, delivering a speech, or presenting in the board room, we are all story tellers.
From remote communities to boardrooms above Sydney Harbour, I teach people of all ages and backgrounds, recognising our shared humanity, to draw out the best in everyone I work with.

The course was interactive, engaging, hands on and provided me with great resources. I really valued how Peter helped me and my fellow participants in finding our own strengths and
tailored the course to help us each individually reach our
full potential.

Stefanie Ferguson,

Peter Cook Talk It up Public Speaking

[Pete] brings the best out of all of his students and everyone around him.

Yolanda Lowatta, Actor and Dancer

breaking the castle

2020 one man show,
The Street theatre, Canberra

I had the great good fortune to have been supported by The Street Theatre, Canberra early in 2020 (back when 2020 was actually a functioning thing!) to develop and perform my one man show, 'breaking the castle'.

Driven by the overwhelming need to examine three questions:

How do we make a place for ourselves in this world?

How does a man deal with overcoming trauma?

How does Australia deal with trauma?

I set out to light my own journey through addiction, trauma and memory and create a play that I hope will resonate with all audiences, especially those who may recognise their own experiences and not shy from them.

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Breaking the castle one man show The Street theatre
Breaking the Castle Peter Cook as Dave

RockCityJester reviews Breaking the Castle

Thanks to Arne Sjostedt and Canberra’s Rock City Jester for this small and perfectly formed review of my play, Breaking the Castle. I was fortunate to be able to develop the production within The Street theatre‘s ‘First Seen’ season. Masterfully directed by Caroline Stacey, proving an opportunity for Cook to show off his “triple A…

Breaking the castle peter cook

Stage Whispers reviews Breaking the Castle

Stage Whispers reviewed my production of Breaking the Castle – directed by Caroline Stacey and staged as part of the Street Theatre’s ‘First Seen’ program. The production springboards off the script’s poetic descriptions, and overlays a perfectly-timed sound and lighting design, which works in the small area of Street’s Street 2 theatre space to immerse…

Peter Cook as Dave, Breaking the Castle

Canberra Critics Circle review Breaking the Castle

With thanks to Canberra Critics Circle for coming along to see my play, Breaking the Castle, at the Street Theatre earlier this year. It was well received and, thankfully, our run finished just prior to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Peter Cook’s play about addiction and recovery, ‘Breaking the Castle’, succeeds because of…

Pete Cook actor. Breaking the Castle

City News reviews Breaking the Castle

With thanks to City News for their supportive and insightful review of my 2020 production of Breaking the Castle. The small space at The Street Theatre created a symbiotic relationship between spectator and actor; creating the potential for one of the most powerful experiences of theatre. In many respects Peter Cook’s play answers the question…

Pete Cook Breaking the Castle The Street Theatre

Breaking the Castle – New Territory review of my Street Theatre production

Many thanks to Rosalind Moran, for her review of my recent Street Theatre production of ‘Breaking the Castle’. Breaking The Castle is a work of empathy in more than one way. The protagonist is challenged to learn to like himself. The audience is led through a story that humanises people with addiction issues, encouraging compassion for…

5 top tips for preparing your speech

5 top tips for Preparing your Speech

Read through my 5 top tips for preparing your speech and download them as a reference for whenever you’re presenting. Do you have your own top tips? Add them in the comments Know your audience: Your audience are the reason you are delivering your speech. It’s important you keep your audience at the forefront of…


Story telling is an art form. We can all learn the skills and tools necessary to perform with clarity, honesty, authenticity and passion.

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