Communication is one of the most powerful tools we possess. Investing in public speaking training is investing in advanced communication.
We offer a range of intensive Public Speaking courses; as well as 1-2-1 coaching and bespoke group training. Our courses can be taken on campus (tax-free) and off-campus (clients’ offices).
Why choose this course?
Effective public speaking requires skilful application of knowledge from a number of areas, including psychology, cognitive sciences and communications. Our public speaking courses use scientific findings from multiple disciplines, as opposed to pseudoscience. Our tutors have extensive experience of public speaking delivery and teaching; and have trained as barristers at the English Bar which strengthens the training with techniques that are well-known internationally for outstanding quality.
Places are limited to 8 per group to provide ample opportunity for practice and personalised feedback
These features of the training enable fast progress and equip learners with powerful tools needed to build long lasting skills and to deal with barriers to effective public speaking.
Key elements of our public speaking training
During the course you will learn to: successfully deal with fear of public speaking; craft public speeches/presentations which captivate and influence audiences; and use techniques for delivering memorable public speeches and presentations.
Key elements of the course include:
- developing skills, including voice, clarity, intonation and body language;
- preparing for a public speech / talk, including order of preparation, understanding audiences, tailoring the talk to different audiences, and selecting the wording / speech writing;
- minimising nervousness and increasing confidence, including techniques for immediate and long term solutions; and
- delivery techniques, including clarity, memorable delivery, how to use findings from science to increase effectiveness, how to create and maintain a positive energy/atmosphere in the audience, persuasion, and how to combine all skills and knowledge gained for effective public speaking.
Throughout the course participants will practice the skills they learn and will receive personalised feedback.
Day One: developing public speaking skills
Participants will learn the key skills needed to become an excellent speaker, including:
• Pronunciation / clarity of words
• Language during a Speech
• Body language
Day Two: preparing for a talk; and personality of speaker
Learners will be taken through a step by step guidance on how to prepare for a public speech, including:
• Elements of public speaking
• Order of preparation
• How to have control of your speech, including 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
• how to write an impactful speech (how to plan the wording of a talk), including techniques, e.g. how to link words for greater effectiveness; how to remove unnecessary words; how to develop skills of speech writing and how to apply these skills; and how to craft a memorable presentation/talk.
Learners will explore personality in relation of public speaking, including:
• How to improve understanding of oneself (e.g. personality characteristics, views) and designing your public speaking accordingly
• How to identify personal barriers to public speaking and work on their removal
• How to use own personality strengths effectively to build a positive atmosphere in the room
• How to develop own brand
Day Three: minimising nervousness, building confidence, protecting from unwanted influences / propaganda
Learners will be taken through a step by step guide on how to minimise nervousness and build confidence, including:
• What is nervousness
• Distinguishing nervousness from shyness
• Techniques for immediate solutions for dealing with nervousness
• Techniques for long term solutions for reducing nervousness
• Techniques for improving confidence
Learners will be taught about powerful techniques used by sophisticated public speakers and influencers and how to identify those and protect from unwanted influences.
Day Four: speech delivery
Participants will learn to apply all skills, techniques and knowledge for effective public speaking, including:
• Clarity of expression,
• Talking without aids,
• Resistance from the audiences,
• Effective sequence of information,
• knowledge on attention span,
• working memory resources and energy of the audience;
• Dealing with questions and media
• Public speaking as persuasion
• Public speaking in specific contexts
Day Five: intensive practice, personalised feedback and guidance
Learners practice putting 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 preparation for conference and classroom presentations (talk and poster), oral exams, short tours (e.g. museum), speaking in meetings, iob interviews, and everyday communication.
Is this course for me?
This course is for anyone who wishes to improve public speaking skills or communication skills in general. This course will particularly benefit those whose job requires communication skills, including:
• Executives / Managers (e.g. to communicate more effectively and persuasively with staff and clients; to inspire others; and to promote change).
• Lawyers (e.g. to strengthen their ability to protect clients’ interests; and to communicate with ease with clients).
• Customer Services Staff (e.g. to improve customer satisfaction and experience; and to communicate more effectively with colleagues).
• Researchers (e.g. to disseminate knowledge).
• Teachers/lecturers (e.g. to improve teaching effectiveness; and to promote positive change).
This course is directed by Fatos Selita, an English barrister and a New York State Attorney; with training in Psychology, Genetics and Mind Influences; with over 9 years of experience in delivering public speaking training internationally; who is also a trainer in Mind Influences on Decision making, as well as the director of the ‘Psychology for Lawyers: Brain, Mind and Behaviour’ and 'Decision Making: Brain, Mind and Behaviour' courses.
Other public speaking courses options: one-day course, two-day course
We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. Please be advised that in order to provide an assessment and plan appropriate support we require as much notice as possible and, in some circumstances, up to 3 months. If you are planning to book, or have already booked, onto a short course please contact Goldsmiths Disability Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience.
- 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
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