Course dates

Friday 8 Dec 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day
Monday 19 Feb 2024
10am - 4pm | 1 day

Course overview

Learn speech writing, content creation and the effective use of words – the most important skills for public speaking and communication in general. These are skills that empower people in work and life contexts. They are essential tools for positions that entail communicating with or to others.

The course was extremely interesting and instructive. Our trainer Fatos was an inspiration. He explained the theory very clearly with tangible examples, and the practical exercise was very helpful. Touching on the psychological elements behind speech writing was fascinating. Fatos tailored his advice to each individual's specific needs and we all learned from each other too. Totally recommendable.

Justine Winterburn, Department for International Trade, UK

The skills covered in this course will enable you to comfortably prepare: 

  • Talks for conferences
  • Speeches for campaigns
  • Presentations for board meetings 
  • And much more 

They will also enable you to communicate more effectively in everyday life. 

The one-day course covers skills that are essential for achieving impact. Many institutional and societal changes have been inspired through the effective use of words and impactful speeches. 

There will be a maximum of 8 participants, so you will benefit from an interactive atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to practise your skills, personalised feedback and guidance from the tutor, and interaction with other participants. You will also receive guidance on specific areas of interest for you. 

Is this course for me?

This course is ideal if you'd like to take your skills for the use of words and language, content creation and speech writing to the next level. 

Previous participants have included: 

  • Civil servants
  • Diplomats
  • Doctors
  • Executives
  • Heads of communication in banks and other corporations
  • Managers

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: 


£275 (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. Please email for further information.

Booking information

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

Friday 8 Dec 2023
10am - 4pm | 1 day
Monday 19 Feb 2024
10am - 4pm | 1 day


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

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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