Effective public speaking is one of the most powerful communication tools, and yet many of us fear it. This course will help you identify and overcome the barriers holding you back from your full public speaking potential. Fear of public speaking is not something to fear, but something to challenge, control, and defeat.
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.
Learn to face your fear of public speaking
This course covers public speaking techniques, methods and skills effective in strengthening confidence and combatting your fear of public speaking.
It will help you understand the origins of nervousness, where yours stems from, and how to use this knowledge to combat it. Similarly, you will develop your understanding of confidence, its origins, and how to use this knowledge to build natural confidence when public speaking.
You will also learn to minimise the negative impact an audience's reactions can have on your nervousness, and how to remain confident. The course will teach you techniques for gaining control over a talk, both in terms of delivering the talk with minimal notes, and managing content on the fly to accommodate changes in the available time.
As every person is different, the course also equips you with methods to combat your specific fear of public speaking, techniques suited to improving your confidence. You will have the opportunity to practice your public speaking and be given personalized feedback. The course will teach you immediate and long-term techniques for dealing with your lack of confidence and fear of public speaking.
Who is this course for
This course is for anyone and everyone! Anyone who experiences anxiety at the thought of speaking publicly, and wants to learn to combat it, as well as those wishing to improve their confidence in public speaking.
Previous participants have included executives, managers, researchers, bankers, advertisers, lecturers, solicitors, and other professionals, as well as students.
Why study our public speaking courses
Effective public speaking is rooted in a knowledge of human psychology, including how the human mind processes, accepts, and rejects information, and how this process can be influenced.
Our public speaking courses are designed by multidisciplinary specialists. Our tutors have experience in advocacy (e.g. the English Bar), psychology, cognitive science, and influence/persuasion. They also have extensive international experience with public speaking delivery and teaching.
Class sizes are limited to eight per group, which allows every participant multiple opportunities to practice, and lets our tutors give lots of personalised feedback.
If you are interested in this short course, you might be interested in the following:
Public speaking and presenting – a one-day course, covering all key aspects of public speaking.
Decision making and the mind: weaknesses, biases and persuasion – a one-day course suitable for anyone wishing to learn about persuasion and mind influences and how they penetrate our mind to affect decision making. Understanding psychological processes at the core of decisions and communication are essential to effective public speaking.
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 shortcourses (@gold.ac.uk) 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% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
- 20% 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
Refund policy: See AIR courses main page
Starting date, Saturday 23 May 2020
10-5pm | 1 day
If you have any questions about this course please contact air (@gold.ac.uk) or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.
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