Course dates

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.

Starting date, Saturday 16 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 6 Aug 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Crafting public speeches and presentations to captivate and influence audiences is an important skill for many careers. In turn, being able to identify and protect against unwanted influences in public speaking is important for us all. On this short course, you will train with a multi-disciplinary expert with over 10 years of experience in delivering public speaking training internationally.

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.

Develop your skills

This short course tackles two concepts key to improving your public speaking and presenting – delivery techniques and word crafting/speech writing – and teaches you to combine them.

The first part of the course focuses on teaching you techniques for making talks and presentations more impactful, and easier for audiences to memorise. You will learn various techniques for lowering your audiences' barriers, building positive connections with them, and dynamically adapting your talks based on audience reactions.

You will also develop your persuasion skills and your understanding of influence in public speaking. Assessing the speeches of known influencers will allow you to see how persuasion works in practice, how effective it can be, and how to protect against it.

The second part of this course will introduce you to word crafting and speech writing. You will learn to select the content and wording for your speech and arrange your words for impactful delivery. Word crafting is an essential skill for impactful public speaking. Words can build and burn bridges, hurt and heal, demoralise and inspire. This part of the course includes practical exercises on word crafting and speech writing.

Finally, you will learn how to combine the skills above to improve your public speaking skills. You will deliver practice public speaking, and be given personalised feedback on how to improve. You will also practise incorporating the feedback into your presentation and be given examples of good public speaking.

Who is this course for?

This course has been designed for those with some knowledge or training in public speaking techniques. Previous participants have included researchers, executives, civil servants, managers, researchers, bankers, advertisers, lecturers, solicitors, barristers, 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 (eg 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 practise, and lets our tutors give lots of personalised feedback.

Related courses

If you are interested in this short course, you might also be interested in the following:

Public speaking and presenting – a one-day course, covering all key aspects of public speaking.

Combatting fear of public speaking – a one-day course designed to help those who feel they fear public speaking or are nervous and lack confidence during 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.



Booking information

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 shortcourses ( so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

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

Dates for this course will be finalised soon. Please register your interest to be notified when exact dates are finalised. Email: air (


  • 10% when a participant enrolls for more than one of our courses (at the same time)
  • 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

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

Group bookings

To book this course for a group, please email us air( The price for group bookings is £1,925. Group size for this course is capped at 8 people.

Starting date, Saturday 16 May 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 6 Aug 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day


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.


Learning outcomes

On this short course, you will:

  • Learn techniques for delivering impactful and memorable public speaking and presentations
  • Learn techniques and methods to persuade audiences, as well as techniques for tailoring the length of the presentation to the changing reactions of the audience
  • Learn to adapt the presentation to the unexpected changes in the time available for presentation as well as unexpected changes in the atmosphere in the room
  • Learn to incorporate changing environments (e.g. charged questions, noise) during the presentation to minimise negative impact, and to use these changes to benefit the presentation
  • Learn to effectively words that captivate and influence audiences, including how to use public speaking techniques and findings from psychological science to prepare impactful speeches
  • Learn to continually develop your skills with and without further training

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