Course dates

Starting date, Wednesday 6 Nov 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 23 Nov 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 5 Dec 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day

Course overview

Improving your public speaking skills is a significant investment in your ability to efficiently communicate concepts and ideas to your audience. On these 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.

Why choose our Public Speaking courses?

Quality public speaking training requires knowledge of human psychology – more specifically, of how the mind processes, accepts, and rejects information.

Our courses are designed by multidisciplinary specialists and taught by tutors with training in advocacy (e.g. the English Bar), psychology, and cognitive science. Tutors also have extensive experience with public speaking on an international scale.

As groups sizes are limited to eight people, you will have ample opportunity for practice and personalised feedback. You will be equipped with the tools to continuously, iteratively improve your public speaking skills.

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).

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.

Intermediate Public Speaking and Presenting

A one-day course for those who wish to take their public speaking to a more advanced level.

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. 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 ( at your earliest convenience.


  • 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, Wednesday 6 Nov 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Saturday 23 Nov 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day
Starting date, Thursday 5 Dec 2019
10am-5pm | 1 day


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

For information on our upcoming short courses please sign up to our mailing list.


Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, or

Senate House, University of London, Bloomsbury



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

You will develop this following skills and concepts on this programme.

  • Understanding the skills and knowledge needed in general to excel in public speaking
    • Identifying individual specific areas for development
    • Developing voice
    • Developing clarity
    • Articulating thoughts, and arranging and expressing ideas
    • Using body language effectively
    • Developing confidence
  • Overcoming Barriers
    • Understanding barriers to public speaking
    • Combatting nervousness
    • Minimising distracters
    • Increasing control over content
    • Increasing control over length of talk
  • Preparation
    • Preparing for a public speech/talk
    • Understanding audiences
    • Tailoring the talk to different audiences
    • Planning the wording/speech writing
    • Building control over content of the talk
    • Keeping to time
    • Tailoring length of talk as to time limitations
    • Tailoring presentation to one’s personality
  • Delivery
    • Understanding techniques
    • Starting a talk
    • Connecting with diverse audiences
    • Adapting your talk to the reactions of the audience
    • Delivering memorable public speeches and presentations
    • Tailoring the length of a presentation to unexpected changes in the time available
    • Creating and maintaining a positive energy/atmosphere in the audience
    • Being persuasive
    • Using findings from science to increase effectiveness
    • Closing a talk
    • Communicating persuasively and effectively in general
    • Learning how to enjoy public speaking
  • Bespoke training and techniques
    • Combining skills gained
    • Practical exercises tailored to individuals’ needs
    • Personalised feedback and guidance
    • Working on specific areas of interest, such as preparation for a board meeting, conference or classroom presentation, oral exam, speaking in meetings, or job interviews.

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