Course Profile

Course Profile: Public Speaking Skills (1 Day)
Many people fear public speaking but frequently this is required as part of their work role – whether it be formal presentations to internal staff, external presentations at conferences or presenting at various meetings.  This course, aims to give learners tips and exercises to ensure they are confident in giving both memorable and high quality presentations.  It will focus on both planned and impromptu public speaking, how to deal with nerves and how to get the message across.  It is also useful for managers who need to present training to staff.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KCF: Core 1.3, 2.3, G1
QCF: SHC 52
MIS (2012): 9.1
The course is designed for any staff and managers in all settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What makes an exceptional speaker
  • How we can learn from high profile public speakers
  • How to structure a speech
  • The importance of an arresting opening
  • How to end a speech ensuring maximum impact
  • Use of tone of voice, pace and pitch
  • The importance of gestures and how they can help or hinder
  • Using word pictures to get your message across
  • The use of notes and tips on using them
  • How humour and rapport impact on the effect of the presentation
  • The difference between impromptu and planned speaking
  • How to deliver memorable impromptu speeches
  • Personal improvements and ways forward
  • Further development opportunities in this area
Training methods utilised: The course uses a mixture of group and individual exercises, tutor presentation, DVD and demonstration, as well as learners trying out new methods they have studied.  The tutor is an experienced public speaker, member of the Association of Speakers Clubs and can give detailed individual feedback to learners on their public speaking skills.