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, Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 2 Apr 2020
10 am - 5 pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 25 Apr 2020
10am-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Improving your public speaking skills is an investment in your ability to communicate concepts and ideas to your audience. On this public speaking programmes, you will work with a multi-disciplinary expert with more than 10 years of experience in delivering public speaking training in a range of fields.

I loved the course – it was different to what I expected. I will do the ‘Combating Fear of Public Speaking’ course. I like the psychology of the training.

Sarah Bowern, English National Opera

Great Course. Really helpful insight into how to improve my public speaking skills. I noticed and felt improvement and a difference in my abilities during the day.

Michelle Rogerson, National Trust

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.

Learn about all aspects of public speaking

This course covers the most important skills and knowledge required for public speaking, including what steps you need to take to become a good public speaker; how to build important public speaking skills (e.g. clarity, articulation); how to use body language effectively and minimise negative impact of body language; how to prepare for a public speech, talk or a presentation; and how to deliver a talk for maximum effectiveness.

Practical exercises with personalised feedback and examples make a significant proportion of the course. Exercises are designed to enable fast progress in improving public speaking. The practical exercises are also designed to equip participants with techniques required to combine skills learned during the course.

The course presents an opportunity to also focus on skills required for public speaking in specific areas of interest, such as board meetings, conferences or examinations.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to improve public speaking skills. Previous participants have included executives, managers, researchers, bankers, advertisers, lecturers, solicitors, barristers, among other professionals, as well as students.

We offer a range of intensive Public Speaking courses as well as one-to-one coaching, and bespoke group training – please get in touch at the email below. Our courses can be taken on the Goldsmiths campus (tax-free), and off-campus (client offices).

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. 

Related Courses

You may also be interested in the following public speaking short courses offered at Goldsmiths:

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.


  • 10% when a participant enrols 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 an 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, Tuesday 31 Mar 2020
10-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 2 Apr 2020
10 am - 5 pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 25 Apr 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 the skills needed to excel in public speaking, including voice, clarity, articulating thoughts, arranging and expressing ideas, effective use of body language, and how to combat fear/nervousness and develop confidence
  • Learn how to prepare for a public speech, talk, or presentation, including how to read and understand audiences, how to tailor the talk to different audiences, and how to build control over the content of your talk.
  • Learn key public speaking delivery techniques, including how to start a talk, how to be more persuasive, and how to deliver a memorable talk or presentation
  • Learn how to connect with diverse audiences, and adapt your talk to the reactions of the audience

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