Course dates

Monday 12 Jun 2023
10am-4pm | 5 days
Monday 27 Nov 2023
10am-4pm | 5 days

Course overview

A course for developing the skills that are essential for: impactful leadership and presentations; effective communication at work, meetings and negotiations; persuasion; and much more. Learn to develop impactful content, write effective speeches, deliver public speaking skilfully and speak confidently. You will also learn to understand how mass manipulations work.

I appreciate the realistic and relatable examples which accompanied the theory. This course struck the perfect balance of theory/practice application for me. I appreciate the individual feedback and Fatos was a fantastic teacher. Very knowledgeable. I will keep my eyes open for other AIR courses and will highly recommend!

I have attended many courses in public speaking & presenting. However, I found this course unique & well prepared. As a result, I started to help my friends with such skills. I would like to thank you for this effective course.

Fahad Al-Ghamdi, PhD Candidate

This course offers a time-efficient opportunity to equip you with a combination of public speaking skills that make a difference in work, social and family contexts.

Public speaking skills are essential for a productive atmosphere and harmonious work environments. They are a strong booster to the repertoire of skills needed for career progression and success to the next level: managing more challenging roles, becoming an effective leader, and reaching wider audiences. They are skills that empower us to reach our full potential in conferences, diplomacy activities, meetings, politics, teaching and more.

The course covers the creation of content and use of words, confidence and delivery. You will also learn skills for online public speaking, such as online teaching and online talks at conferences.

The small groups (maximum 8 participants) allow for sessions to be interactive with ample opportunity for practising public speaking skills, receiving personalised feedback and guidance from the tutor, as well as interacting with other participants. You will also receive guidance on specific areas of interest for you. 

Is this course for me? 

This course is particularly suitable for organisations wishing to equip their staff with advanced communication skills. It is also recommended for anyone wishing to improve public speaking and communication more broadly.

Our participants have included: barristers, business executives, civil servants, diplomats, doctors, lecturers, solicitors and students.

Why choose a public speaking course at Goldsmiths? 


The course is informed by psychological and behavioural sciences. It is led by a multidisciplinary expert with training in a number of fields, including psychology and human behaviour – sceinces that provide the foundational knowledge for advanced public speaking. 

Not for profit

The course is delivered by AIR (Adapt-Innovate-Re-adapt), and 100% of AIR courses' income (beyond operational expenses) is used towards education and research. This enables us to offer our training at an exceptional value – making this knowledge accessible. Find out more about AIR courses

Highly acclaimed department

AIR is based in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, which is rated number 1 in the UK for social mobility for this subject and has high QS World University Rankings for its academic reputation and the number of citations published per paper. 

Further training

Following this Speech Writing for Public Speaking course, you can develop your skills to even higher levels by taking training from our portfolio of courses, or via bespoke training – which includes public speaking for diplomats, politicians and medical practitioners, as well as interview skills. The following courses are particularly relevant: 


Please see the booking page for fees. (VAT-free: as a university we are able to offer our on-campus and online short courses free of VAT.) 

Goldsmiths offers a 15% concession rate on short courses to Lewisham Local cardholders, Students and Goldsmiths Alumni.

Booking information

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

Monday 12 Jun 2023
10am-4pm | 5 days
Monday 27 Nov 2023
10am-4pm | 5 days


Find out more about all of the AIR courses available to you.

For all enquiries, and to be regularly updated on upcoming AIR courses, please email: air ( For anything urgent, or if emailing is not a good option for you, you can also call us via WhatsApp or phone on +44 (0)7908 566 949.

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This course is available for group and 1:1 booking only – on campus/your offices and on a digital platform with live tutoring. Alternatively, please register your interest by emailing us to be invited to join a group: air(

Refund policy: please see the AIR courses main page for more information.

Tutor information

Fatos Selita

This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English Barrister and a New York State Attorney with training in psychology, human behaviour (behavioural genetics) and other fields. He has taught communication (e.g., public speaking, advocacy, speech writing, persuasion, the psychology of decision-making) for over 12 years, including from 2014 at Goldsmiths.

He has experience training professionals from a range of fields including lawyers, judges, diplomats and doctors. Fatos has taught in several universities internationally. He has a number of research publications and is co-author of Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: Human Behaviour, Law and Society.


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