Public speaking for people who stammer
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: XS220
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Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This course is about providing you with some key skills for speaking more confidently to groups and to give you the
opportunity to practise speaking in front of others in a range of situations. This course will be relevant to people
wanting to develop their confidence speaking in different workplace settings including presentations, meetings and
interviews. There will also be opportunities for you to practise speech techniques you might have learnt in the past.
What will we cover?
What makes a good presentation?
Public speaking fears and ways to manage them
Identify communication strengths and weaknesses and strategies for managing stammering in public speaking situations
The importance of verbal and non-verbal communication
Opportunities to practise areas of your communication skills you wish to develop
Taking part in a speaking circle.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Identify key elements of an effective presentation and put them into practice
2. Gain greater confidence in making prepared and spontaneous presentations to small and large groups
3. Develop your confidence in communicating in meetings and interviews
4. Have the opportunity to practise speech techniques and strategies for managing stammering you’ve learnt in the past
5. Dare to be you when speaking to a group
6. Describe the causes of the common ‘fear of public speaking’ and apply this to self
7. Find strategies that help you to manage the fear of public speaking
8. Give and receive positive and constructive feedback
9. Practise effective non-verbal and verbal communication skills
10. Have a clear action plan to take the work forward.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for people who stammer and who've ideally done some kind of speech work. It may be you've done a
course at City Lit or a different kind of course. This course can still be relevant to you, regardless of the type of
speech work you've completed so far. To access the course you will need to have an adequate level of English to:
- Express your opinions and feelings
- Follow discussions and make relevant contributions
- Make use of handouts with some assistance if necessary
Before joining the class you will need to speak to one of the Speech Therapy team.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a highly practical course. You will learn about giving talks and presentations by direct experience of talking in
front of a group in a positive non-judgemental environment. Handouts will be provided and opportunities for video
feedback will be given.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can do a Stage 1 evening course or one of our intensive courses if you haven't attended one previously. Alternatively you can do any of our Stage 2 courses including other topic-based workshops.
Cathinka has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for over 30 years, both in the NHS and independent practice as well as in adult education. She has spent the recent years of her career specialising exclusively in working with adults who stammer, both in groups and one-to-one. She also has a degree in Psychology and has attended training in a number of therapeutic approaches, such a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Counselling, and integrates these skills into her work with adults who stammer. Cathinka has extensive experience of giving presentations and providing training to large and small audiences and has developed a special interest in the skill of public speaking. She runs regular public speaking courses at City Lit for people who stammer and has recently contributed to a professional text for speech and language therapists on the topic of public speaking for people who stammer.
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.