Speaking Confidently in Public

Anyone can learn public speaking – it just takes practice



7 lessons
1 hour each




Quizzes and Buddy Review

Device Requirements


On Completion

NCFE-endorsed Certificate

About this course

Orfa Zaman, Bow School, Tower Hamlets, London
(National Talent Academy learner)

According to Rory Graves (Toastmaster and creator of this course), anyone and everyone can learn to speak in public even if they are nervous at first. It just takes practice. This course gives you all the practice you need to become confident speaking in public, a superb skill that will set you apart in the workplace.


  • Build confidence and self-belief 
  • Build Character, a Futureproof Career Skill
  • Build Transferable Employability Skills  
  • Sets you apart in the workplace 
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The programme has been reviewed by a Subject Specialist and endorsed by NCFE.

Use to prepare for...

  • Job interviews
  • University interviews
  • Video CVs
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) presentation
  • Apprenticeship End-point assessment (EPA) presentation
  • Presentations at work 
  • Sales pitches 

The course has seven lessons of one hour each. You will give a speech in every lesson and give and receive feedback from buddies. Each lesson teaches a different public speaking skill. 


  • Clear Purpose
  • Giving Feedback
  • Speech Structure 
  • Body Language
  • Vocal Variety
  • Word Choice
  • Engage Your Audience 

Give presentations

In 2021, two teams of National Talent Academy learners pitched 5 dragons and a global audience of Morgan Stanley staff from offices around the world as part of a 'Dragon for a Day' online pitch event. 

Ilyas Ahmed, George Green's School, Tower Hamlets, London (National Talent Academy learner)

Build confidence and self belief

Hodo Mohamud, Careers Lead, Bow School, Tower Hamlets, London

"All our learners stuck with the course and became capable public speakers. Some learners really surprised me. Every lesson, I saw them gaining confidence and getting better at their speeches. They applied the public speaking techniques taught in the course and their skills improved every week." 

Skills Builder Impact Level 4

The 'Speaking confidently in public' is accredited by Skills Builder at Impact Level 4. Impact Level 4 is the highest level and recognises those programmes that can demonstrate impact - meaning learners are making progress in specific steps on Skills Builder Universal Framework.

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Pre- and post-quiz

The course comes with a 5 minute pre- and post-quiz, so you can measure your progress in Speaking skills. 

The oral transmission of information or ideas

skills builder impact level 4

Steps supported

  • STEP 3: I speak effectively by making points in a logical order (Lesson 3: Speech Structure)
  • STEP 4: I speak effectively by thinking about what my listeners already know (Lesson 1: Clear Purpose, Lesson 3: Speech Structure)
  • STEP 5: 'I speak effectively by using appropriate language' (Lesson 6: Word Choice)
  • STEP 6: I speak effectively by using appropriate tone, expression and gesture (Lesson 4: Body Language, Lesson 5: Vocal Variety)
  • STEP 7: I speak engagingly by using facts and examples to support my points (Lesson 1: Clear Purpose)
  • STEP 9: I speak engagingly by using tone, expression and gesture to engage listeners (Lesson 4: Body Language, Lesson 5: Vocal Variety, Lesson 7: Engage Your Audience)

Skills Builder Universal Framework

'Speaking confidently in public' supports the Skills Builder Universal Framework of eight essential skills. 

This course allows you to practise: 

  • Speaking - give speeches
  • Listening - receive feedback; listen to others' speeches
  • Creativity - craft speeches with a purpose in mind
  • Problem solving - craft speeches
  • Staying Positive - the courage to speak in front of others
  • Aiming High - the confidence to speak in front of others 
  • Teamwork - give and receive feedback 
  • Leadership - recognise the feelings of others
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Rory Graves

Rory brings his skills as a Toastmaster to teaching public speaking skills for the National Talent Academy. To create this course, Rory worked for two years throughout COVID as a volunteer in George Green's School, Tower Hamlets, London coaching groups of students in public speaking. This work was part of a CSR programme at Morgan Stanley, where Rory worked at that time. 

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