Course overview


Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.


Quality public speaking is a rare commodity, primarily because it is a complex skill which requires in-depth knowledge in Psychology and Communication. Therefore, becoming an excellent public speaker requires sufficiently long training depending on individuals’ needs. This course provides the option for tailoring the length of training.

Distance Learning

This course will be taught via distance learning in Spring and Summer 2020, and we are pleased to offer participants a 20% discount for sessions starting in April and May 2020. Please email us at the email below to request a discount code.

Learning tailored to you

Our bespoke public speaking courses are available from one to five days in length.

A five-day course will provide in-depth public speaking and presenting training and cover topics like developing public speaking skills (articulation, voice, intonation), learning techniques for delivery and connecting with audiences, and developing traits such as voice and confidence. You will also learn about persuasion and mind influences, dealing with questions and responding to media enquiries, preparing slides for a presentation, and applying these skills in other circumstances, such as board meetings.

Throughout the course, you will practice the skills you have learned and will receive personalised feedback.

Our courses are designed and taught by expert with multidisciplinary training, including in psychology, advocacy and cognitive science; and with extensive experience in public speaking training and delivery internationally. In addition, our courses include key techniques of Barristers’ advocacy training – well-known internationally for outstanding quality.

As groups sizes are limited to eight people, you will have ample opportunity for practice and personalised feedback. You will be equipped with the tools to continuously, iteratively improve your public speaking skills.

Who are these courses for?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve their public speaking skills. Previous participants have included executives, managers, diplomats, politicians, researchers, bankers, advertisers, lecturers, solicitors, barristers, and students.

Related courses

If you are interested in these bespoke short courses, you might also be interested in the following:

Public Speaking and Presenting

Combatting Fear of Public Speaking

Decision Making and the Mind: Weaknesses, Biases and Persuasion


£730/day (One to One); £1925/day (Group, max 8 people)

Booking information


To book a bespoke Public Speaking short course, please contact the AIR.

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.


  • 10% when a participant enrols for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 20% of UK students
  • 25% Members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA) 
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
  • Goldsmiths students, staff and alumni - email us for current discounts

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

Refund policy: See AIR courses main page


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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Tutor information

Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English barrister and a New York State Attorney with training in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences. Fatos has more than nine years of experience in delivering public speaking training internationally, and is a trainer in Mind Influences on Decision making. He is also the director of the 'Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' and 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' courses.


Course structure

Day 1: developing public speaking skills 

Includes building foundations of public speaking. Focuses on building skills, traits and knowledge needed to become an excellent speaker, including:

  • Pronunciation/clarity of words
  • Articulation
  • Intonation
  • Language during a Speech
  • Body language
  • Voice
  • Personality

Day 2: preparing for a talk and understanding nervousness and confidence

Includes a step by step guidance on how to prepare for a public speech, and knowledge required to building foundations for combatting nervousness and building confidence:

  • Elements of public speaking.
  • Order of preparation.
  • How to gain control of your speech, including content and length (e.g. how to tailor the length of a presentation to unexpected changes in the time available).
  • Understanding audiences.
  • How to adapt public speaking to diverse audiences.
  • Understanding nervousness and confidence.
  • Distinguishing nervousness from shyness. 

Day 3: combatting nervousness, building confidence; and protecting from unwanted influences/propaganda

Covers public speaking techniques, skills and methods that are effective in combatting nervousness of public speaking and building confidence. Includes:

  • Memorising a talk without memorising content.
  • Talking without aids.
  • Structuring a talk in a way that is memorable to audiences.
  • Techniques for immediate solutions for dealing with nervousness.
  • Techniques for long term solutions for reducing nervousness.
  • Techniques for improving confidence.

Also includes:

  • Analysing of techniques used by powerful influencers.
  • Identifying persuasion techniques.
  • Protecting from unwanted influences.

Day 4: Word-crafting / Speech Writing and Delivery Techniques

Includes learning how to select the content to be included in the presentation, and how to arrange your words for impactful delivery. If further includes delivery techniques and how to use them effectively in practice. Focuses on:

  • Persuasive word crafting / speech writing.
  • Clarity of expression.
  • Understanding and lowering resistance from the audiences.
  • Effective sequence of information.
  • Knowledge on attention span.
  • Working memory resources and energy of the audience.
  • Public speaking as persuasion.
  • Public speaking in specific contexts.
  • Dealing with questions and media.

Day 5: intensive public speaking practice, personalised feedback and guidance 

Using our PEOPLE technique, the day includes learning to put together all knowledge and techniques acquired during the course. This is the day of intensive practice and feedback and focuses on how to enjoy public speaking and presenting.

Participants will get help with specific areas of interest, such as speaking in board meetings; preparation for conference and classroom presentations (talk and poster); oral exams; short tours (e.g. museum); and everyday communication.

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