Presenting on the spot
Time: 20:00 - 21:45
Location: Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This course will help you deal with those situations where you may be asked to present or speak in an
impromptu situation for example; a leaving drinks at work, a promotion or other celebration or a social event
such as a surprise birthday party. To gain credibility and attention through confidently presenting with very little time to prepare. At the start of the first class, students will be asked which scenarios they would like to focus on.
What will we cover?
Technique: Learn key vocal, breathing and delivery techniques that will help you to think on the spot whilst speaking
Nerves: Learn to control the nerves that cause you to forget your message, your voice to quiver or your knees to shake
Style: Different situations need different styles and tone. Learn a variety of styles and ways to deliver your message to fit any situation from a more formal work situation to a celebratory family occasion.
Message: Whatever the length or style of the speech, there are a few key tactics and formulas that can be used to put your message across.
Rapport : Learn how to create a connection with the audience that will help you to feel in control of the moment plus calm and confident.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Speak with confidence and assurance in any impromptu situation.
Be able to connect with the audience through your message
Ensure that the speech is delivered in a style that is befitting the occasion.
Present a two minute presentation with very little preparation time with gravitas, credibility and an authentic style and tone.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will comprise of exercises and information on presentation tips and techniques. It will give attendees
the opportunity to present either with their chosen theme or a suggested one and give the opportunity for
feedback and evaluation. This course will be delivered online.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Presenting on the Spot: Advanced
Public Speaking: Intensive
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
Gavin Illsley has taught Debating, Art of Negotiation, Public Speaking and Presenting at City Lit since 2011. While at the High School of Dundee in 2003, he won the Cambridge Union Debating prize, and he was a champion debater at the Cambridge Union and European championships. Since graduation he has served as a judge of debating competitions, notably for the Oxford Union, European Debating Championships. Gavin is also Head of Programmes at the English Speaking Union.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.