Presentation Skills  Short Courses

Unlock your public speaking potential with our Presentation Skills short course.

Whether you need to develop public speaking skills to deliver winning presentations at work, or you’ve been asked to give a speech at your best friend’s wedding and are nervous and stressing about it – the Presentation Skills short course from City has given the confidence to countless people to giving winning speeches.

Being able to stand up and speak confidently to an audience is an essential life skill. We all want to be memorable for the right reasons, but know that public speaking in front of audience can be daunting – no matter how big or small the audience is.

This interactive and practical Presentation Skills short course helps  you prepare your message or speech and get ready for the challenge, with constructive feedback from the tutor and the rest of the group throughout the course.

We have had many successful students enrol and take the learnings and skills from the course and put them into practice.  Enrolling on the Presentation Skills course can really make a difference to your public speaking confidence and skills.

Presentation Skills short course tutor Karen Glossop and student Julie discuss crafting your message & mastering the techniques for a pitch perfect presentation.

Why choose the Presentation Skills short course?

The Presentation Skills short course from City is a challenging yet rewarding programme for developing your practical speaking skills when delivering presentations or speeches.

Taught over 8 weeks as evening classes, the course offers flexibility combined with expert tuition to take your public speaking to the next level.

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Thursday 5 October 2017 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes £440.00 CS1781 Apply Now
Thursday 18 January 2018 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes £440.00 CS1781 Apply Now
Thursday 3 May 2018 18:30 - 21:00 8 weekly classes £440.00 CS1781 Apply Now

Tutor Info

Karen Glossop was born in Toronto, Canada. She read Classics at Cambridge University and trained as an actor at Mountview. She has also worked as a copy editor and writer for the Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Since 1997, she has tutored groups and individuals in areas such as leadership, personal impact, presentation and speech-making, communication and influencing, writing for business and creativity.

Under the banner of Resonance Training, Karen has worked across many nationalities and cultures, as far-flung as Mongolia and Latvia. UK-based clients include Oliver Wyman, Domestic and General, NHS PASA, Johnson & Johnson, UK Film Council, Greater London Authority, IDe&A, Zurich Insurance, Oxford University Press, and Unilever. She is an Associate Tutor at Cass Business School, Said Business School, Oxford, and London Business School.

English Requirements

Good written and spoken English are required on this Presentation Skills course.

What will I learn?

Over the duration of the Presentation Skills course, you will learn to develop an effective preparation process, including:

  • Clarifying your objectives - what do you want your audience to feel, think and do?
  • Structuring a clear, concise and persuasive message;
  • Exploring creative approaches which make an impact;
  • Adapting rhetorical devices to make your message stick;
  • Handling nerves and eliminating tension, using techniques from psychology and the theatre;
  • Harnessing voice and body language to engage your audience;
  • Playing with status to build rapport and credibility;
  • Performing prepared and impromptu speeches.

Informal assessment will take place through group discussion, class room activities, and questions and answers sessions, as guided by your tutor

Topics Covered:

Week 1Introductions & Objectives
Who are you and what do you want from the course? Presentation course overview and outline of some fundamental principles of public speaking and presentation.
Week 2How to prepare your message for presentation
Preparing content and the range of structures; the uses of storytelling; tailoring your presentation for the audience, using visual and other presentation aids.
Week 3How to prepare yourself for a presentation - Part1 *
Body language & presence; physical warm up, relaxation techniques, and confidence-building techniques; credibility, status and rapport using non-verbal behaviour.
Week 4How to prepare yourself for a presentation - Part2 *
Warming up the voice, and building vocal power and tone to engage your audience.
Week 5Using rhetoric
An introduction to rhetorical skills and use of imagery. How language can make your message stick.
Week 6Connecting it up
Famous speeches, soliloquies or poetry. Applying voice, physical presence and gesture to a prepared text.
Week 7Your presentations
Feedback and coaching on your own presentations.
Week 8Your presentations
Feedback and coaching on your own presentations.

* Please wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in as these weeks will contain gentle physical exercises. I suggest trousers for women.

Recommended Reading

Patsy Rodenberg (1992) The Right To Speak, Routledge,

Ed. Brian MacArthur (1999) The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, Penguin Books.

Professor Max Atkinson (2004) Lend Me Your Ears Vermillion, London,

Joseph O'Connor (2001) The NLP Workbook, Element.

Tony & Barry Buzan (BBC,1993, 2000) The Mind Map Book

Carmine Gallo (2010) The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience (McGraw-Hill Books)

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