Effective Public Speaking

In this short course, you're going to learn some quick and simple tips for effective public speaking. You'll discover the different routes of communication you can take to engage your audience, why keeping it simple is so important, and how to calm even the worst nerves so you can present more effectively. This training course has been created in collaboration with our subject matter expert, Eleanor Snare, emotional literacy specialist and life coach.

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Course Overview


  • Introductory Course
  • 8-12 minutes
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • Virtual College Certified

Course description

Learn some quick and simple tips for effective public speaking.

What is covered in this Effective Public Speaking course?

Our online Effective Public Speaking training course is broken down into the following sections and can be completed at your own pace. The course includes:

Module What it includes
Different Types of Communication The most effective public speakers focus on one big idea and have a clear goal: something they want their audience to think, feel or do. This section explores the four ways of communication so that your audience gets from A to B and reach your final desired result.
Keeping it Simple

This section focuses on keeping it simple, as we explore 3 tips to bare in mind when preparing for your presentation. We talk about stretching your ability to simplify and give you a rapid exercise to help you realise the big idea in a simple way.

What Gets in the Way of Public Speaking?

In this section, we look at the wide range of factors that can impact your ability to speak publicly. We look at security blankets, things we do for comfort and we give you tips and techniques to help you over the initial nerves when giving a presentation or speaking in front of an audience.

Extension Task By this section, you'll have covered a lot of material. To really get to grips with what it all means, this quiz will put you to the test. Based on what you have discovered during this short course, we ask if you will be able to help our virtual public speaker make his presentation the best it can be

Why take this Effective Public Speaking course?

This short course has been designed to help you feel confident and comfortable when public speaking. We give you hints and tips to ensure you make the most of a public speaking opportunity and explore the different types of communication that will help you get there. These skills are extremely benefitial in growing your personal and professional development.

Effective Public Speaking Course Duration

This short power skill course should take 8-12 minutes to complete, but e-learning is self-paced, so it depends entirely on your individual learning speed and how quickly you absorb the study material.


After completing this Effective Public Speaking course, you will be able to download and print a Virtual College certificate for your records.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this Effective Public Speaking course.

Further online training courses

We have over 300 accredited online courses and a wide selection of personal and professional development courses including Dealing with Difficult Situations, How to Improve Problem-Solving Skills and Learning to Say No - The Right Way.

View our full catalogue of online courses here.

You will learn

  • Identify four different types of communication that you can use to help with your public speaking
  • Strip things back to basics and simplify public speaking, using our tried-and-tested 'SMS' model
  • Discover new techniques to help you to break and replace some of the bad habits that we use to manage our nerves
  • Practise your breathing to allow you to present and speak more effectively

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Senior or middle management
  • New or aspiring managers
  • Experienced managers
  • Project Managers

How the online courses work

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  • Buy the course

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    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.