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

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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 

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." 

created by

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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