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The Fundamentals of Public Speaking

fundamentals of public speaking

NewDo you dread having to present your titles at sales conferences? Do you turn down invitations to speak on panels, at company presentations or industry events because you are too anxious about speaking in public? Are you being held back in your career because you lack the confidence to be heard?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then this new, half-day course is for you.

Schools and universities don’t teach the art of public speaking, but when you start your career in publishing, you’re expected to present and communicate to both internal and external audiences competently, confidently and eloquently, without any training or support. This puts unnecessary and unfair pressure on you, especially if you’re at the beginning of your career and have little experience to draw on.

The Fundamentals of Public Speaking aims to change that, by providing the tools you need to perform your role with ease. It will make your communications clearer and more efficient. The course is devised for those working in publishing, with its unique dynamics and requirements of presenting at sales conferences, book fairs and other important meetings. The tutor has extensive experience of working in the industry and presenting to a range of audiences, both in-house and outside, across the globe.

The course is suitable for staff wherever they are based in the world, including the UK, Europe, North America and India.

Who is it for?

  • New or recent employees with less than two years’ experience
  • Editorial, Sales, Marketing, Production Assistants, Coordinators and Executives
  • Those who lack confidence in public speaking and wish to gain advice and tips on how to improve

What will you achieve?

On completing this course, you will:

  • Perform better both to internal and external audiences when speaking 
  • Enjoy increased confidence in your abilities and know-how
  • Gain job satisfaction and a sense of pride
  • Feel able to cope with unexpected requests to speak in public or at short notice


  • How to identify the core message you need to share
  • Approaches to speech structure
  • Becoming a "dynamic" speaker
  • How and when to use your hands or apply eye contact
  • What to do and say when caught off-guard
  • Dealing with (unexpected) questions

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Enrol on this course

Please read our Terms & Conditions
13 November 2024 (afternoon only)


Wednesday, 13 November 2024

A number of discounts are available

Date information for future sessions

  • 13 November 2024
  • 2pm-5.30pm (GMT)
Course format
  • Virtual classroom
  • 2.00pm-5.30pm
  • Two x 1.5 hour sessions plus break

 A number of discounts are available

 Enrol on this course

What you will need

To join the course, you will need access to a computer, tablet or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will need to activate a free Zoom account to join the course. This takes two minutes and does not require any payment. It is purely for administrative purposes.