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Presentation Skills Short Course

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City’s popular Presentation Skills short course has given countless people the confidence to give winning speeches. This course is aimed at anyone nervous making speeches, whether that is for the workplace or a wedding!

Why choose this course?

Being able to stand up and speak confidently to an audience is an essential life skill. Many participants attend because they realise that will not be able to advance in their careers if they continue to avoid opportunities to speak in public, but have not yet overcome their fears.

Alternatively, some participants are already competent but understand that developing mastery will enable them to demonstrate real leadership within their organisations and with external stakeholders

This interactive presentation skills course helps you develop skills for crafting persuasive presentations and delivering speeches with lasting impact. The programme combines insights and techniques for an effective preparation process with opportunities to put these into practice.

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

Course overview

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 public speaking confidence and skills.

  • “ Excellent tutor, very good course. Interesting and motivating ”


    Former student

  • “ City’s location is great for professionals working in London and [the tutor] is an exceptional talent to have as a teacher – her skills get a 10/10 from me. ”

    Gregory Baylis-Hall

    Former student

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the duration of the Presentation Skills short 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.
  • The value of making presentations and speeches.
  • Preparing content and the range of structures; the uses of storytelling; tailoring your presentation for the audience, using visual and other presentation aids.
  • Body language & presence; physical warm up, relaxation techniques and confidence-building techniques; credibility, status and rapport using non-verbal behaviour.
  • Warming up the voice, and building vocal power and tone to engage your audience.
  • Rhetorical skills and use of imagery. How language can make your message stick.
  • Practice connecting with the message and the audience.

Topics covered:

Week 1

Introductions & Objectives

  • Who are you and what do you want from the course
  • Presentation which will entail what the course overview
  • We will be discussing fundamental principles of public speaking and presentation

Week 2

How to prepare your message for presentation

  • Preparing content and the range of structures
  • The uses of storytelling
  • Tailoring your presentation for the audience by using visual and other presentation aids

Week 3

How to prepare yourself for a presentation – Part 1

  • Body language and presence
  • Physical warm up, relaxation techniques and confidence building techniques
  • Credibility, status and rapport using non-verbal behaviour

Week 4

How to prepare yourself for a presentation – Part 2

  • Warming up the voice
  • Building vocal power and tone to engage your audience

Week 5

Using rhetoric

  • An introduction to rhetorical skills and use of imagery
  • How language can make your message stick

Week 6

Connecting it up

  • Famous speeches, soliloquies or poetry
  • Applying voice, physical presence and gesture to a prepared text

Week 7

Your presentations

  • Feedback and coaching on your own presentations

Week 8

Your 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.



English requirements

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

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

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

Recommended reading

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)

Tutor information

  • Karen Glossop

    Karen Glossop was born in Toronto, Canada. She read Classics at Cambridge University and trained as an actor at Mountview. Since 1997, Karen has been developing people’s skills in public speaking, influencing and leadership.

    She trains groups and coaches individuals across the corporate, public and non-profit sectors.

    Under the banner of Resonance Training, Karen has worked with varied clients including: TfL; TechUK; SOAS; Birkbeck Institute of Social Research; eircom, Ireland; PwC; Harrison Varma; Broadley Speaking; Forrester Research; Eduserv; House of Commons; Totality; Barclays Bank; Domestic & General; Invesco Global; Johnson & Johnson; Rio Tinto; Citizens Advice Bureau.

    Karen is a Consultant at the Centre of Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School.

    She also contributes regularly as a tutor on leadership programmes at London Business School and Said Business School, Oxford.

    As well as working as a training consultant, Karen is co-artistic director of award-winning theatre company, Wishbone.

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