VirtualSpeech Blog

We offer advice, research and insights to help you improve business and life skills, including communication, interview, leadership, interpersonal and language learning.

Benefits of public speaking
August 18, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

What are the Benefits of Public Speaking?

Public speaking is a great way to build personal development on many levels, since improving communication skills is helpful in almost every area of life, both personally and professionally.

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Adult learning courses using VR
August 17, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

Adult Learning Courses & Virtual Reality

The benefits of VR and AR for adult learning are revolutionary. The combination of experiential learning and accessibility make these emerging technologies serious contenders to shake up learning systems.

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Persuasive speech outline and ideas
August 13, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

Persuasive Speech Outline and Ideas

A persuasive speech is a speech that is given with the intention of convincing the audience to believe or do something. Read our suggestions for a persuasive speech outline and ideas.

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21 persuasive speech topics
August 12, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

21 Persuasive Speech Topics

When you’re first asked to give a persuasive speech, it’s common to go blank about what you can speak about. Here are 21 persuasive speech topics to get you started.

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8 elements of confident body language
August 10, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

8 Elements of Confident Body Language

When you speak, you don’t just speak with what you actually say, you also speak with your body language. Read our 8 tips on how to build confident body language for any occasion.

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5 ways you annoy your audience when public speaking
August 09, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

5 Ways you Annoy your Audience when Public Speaking

When people talk about distractions during a speech, they’re mostly referring to ones made by the audience or technological issues. Here are 5 of the most distracting things you might be doing and how to stop doing them.

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How to make Good First Impressions
August 09, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How to make Good First Impressions

It’s thought that someone has already formed their first impression of you within seven seconds of meeting you. Read our top tips to help you come across as your best self when you first meet someone.

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An Introvert’s Guide on How to Be Confident
August 05, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How to Be Confident: An Introvert’s Guide

We live in an extrovert-driven society, where sometimes it can feel like the only way to be successful is if you’re confident, loud, and thrive off being around others. Here are some tips that can help you increase your confidence and have your voice heard.

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Online training courses with virtual reality (VR)
August 02, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How is VR Changing Corporate Training?

While many continue to debate over the adoption rates of virtual reality (VR), a VR tidal wave is quietly bringing VR very much into the present. A number of companies are already exploring VR as a supplementary tool for corporate training and you could find yourself being trained in VR sooner than you think.

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Online training courses with virtual reality (VR)
July 28, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

Online Training Courses with VR

Online courses have become a popular way to learn just about anything, with sites such as Udemy, Udacity, Pluralsight and Coursera revolutionising education. VR can enhance courses by allowing you to practice these skills, such as Sales and Public Speaking, in a realistic way.

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Practice giving an impromptu speech in virtual reality
July 27, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How to Give an Impromptu Speech

An impromptu speech can be one of the most terrifying speeches you’ll ever do; standing up in front of a crowd and having to speak for a few minutes without preparation is daunting even for the most seasons speakers. Here are some valuable tips on how to give an impromptu speech.

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5 Reasons Why Teams Underperform
July 27, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

5 Reasons Why Teams Underperform

If your team is underperforming in everything they produce in the workplace, your workplace environment and bottom line are bound to suffer. It’s crucial to look at the five most common reasons why your team might be underperforming.

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Professional and business networking tips
July 26, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How Professional Networking Can Help your Career

Effective networking is an important aspect of career development. Building relationships with a wide range of people can win you new business clients, increase your chance of finding a new job, as well as advancing your career. Here are our tips on how to improve.

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Job interview preparation and search apps
July 6, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

Interview Preparation & Job Search Apps

List of the top interview preparation and job search apps on the Android and iTunes platforms, including interview simulation, search and virtual reality apps. Try these apps out for free.

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The Secret to Your Dream Job: Interview Preparation
June 23, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

The Secret to Your Dream Job: Interview Preparation

If you haven't effectively prepared for an upcoming interview, then your chances of being offered the position are severely diminished. Here are our tips on how to improve your public speaking, communication skills, language learning and interview techniques with virtual reality.

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Where to find the best VR apps
June 5, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

Where to Find the Best VR Apps

There are thousands of VR apps already on the market and finding the best experiences can be challenging. We’ve searched through the VR app marketplaces and list our favourites who consistently identify the best VR apps for download. You can find them for all the popular VR headsets, including Google Cardboard, Gear VR, Daydream, Rift and Vive.

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How to Stop Using Filler Words in 3 Steps
April 29, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

How to Stop Using Filler Words in 3 Steps

Um, like, so, er… they’re all words that have slipped into everyone’s everyday vocabulary and they’re known as hesitation or filler words. These are 3 practical steps to help you stop using them.

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3 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Higher Education
April 24, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

3 Ways Virtual Reality is Changing Higher Education

While there are some sceptics who aren’t too sure what the future holds, there are universities who are already adopting the technology, confident of the benefits VR can bring. Here are 3 uses of VR in higher education, which universities around the world have started to adopt.

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VR's not just for gaming - 20 other industries that use VR
April 6, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

20 Non-Gaming Industries that use VR

There are some great virtual reality (VR) games out there, but VR, AR and MR are going to shape our future in so many more ways than gaming. Here’s a list of industries that are already adopting VR and how this could impact the future of that industry.

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3 tips for improving communicaiton skills
April 4, 2017 - VirtualSpeech

3 Tips to Improve Communication Skills

It’s a well-known fact that what we actually say is only a small part of how our message is received. However, it can be difficult to say the message we want to communicate, here are 3 tips to help you improve your communication skills.

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WebVR demo using A-Frame for public speaking
December 10, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Developing a Public Speaking WebVR Demo

WebVR lets you access virtual reality (VR) in your web browser, using devices such as Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, HTC Vive and Gear VR. We talk briefly about our experience with building a public speaking WebVR demo using A-Frame.

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Presentation Tips & Skills
November 20, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Top Presentation Tips & Skills

Essential tips to enhance your presentation and build a powerful story. Delivering your key message at the right time, to the right people, is the best way to persuade and influence the people that matter.

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Communication Skills Courses Library

Communication Skills Courses Library

Our curated library of communication skills courses on public speaking, sales, leadership, negotiation and teamwork. Enroll onto one of these courses to enhance your skills.

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Wedding speech in VR
November 11, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Using VR to Improve Public Speaking Skills

The ability to be able to speak in public can be the difference between landing your dream job, winning a huge contract for your company, or delivering a moving speech at a wedding. Read how VR can be used to dramatically improve your speaking skills.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Oratory Skills
November 2, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

7 Ways to Improve Your Oratory Skills

Great public speakers are not born that way; most have to practice and perfect their oratory skills. The most well-known orators delivered their message in a powerful, articulate way that resonated with their audiences. We provide a list of oratory skills to help make your speeches more clear, confident and successful.

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Learn a language in VR using the Language VR app
October 18, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Learn a Language in VR

There are hundreds of app out there for language learning, all somewhat similar in design and function. We thought we would try and create a more immersive learning experience with the help of virtual reality.

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Google interview practice in the VirtualSpeech VR app
October 1, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Top 20 Google Interview Questions

With hundreds of thousands of people applying to Google each year, the Google Interview Questions are getting tougher and tougher in order to filter to the best candidates. Check out our list of 20 technical and 20 non-technical interview questions taken from real interviews.

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Public Speaking VR conference room
September 22, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Public Speaking Course Integrated with VR

We’ve combined traditional online video tutorials with VR, creating a unique learning experience. Learn fundamental techniques about public speaking through the videos, then practice what you have learnt in VR.

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Top motivational speaker Tony Robbins
September 18, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

List of Top Motivational Speakers

These speakers have no trouble motivating and inspiring their audience. Check out our list of the current leaders in this field, people who can really make you want to change the world.

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Understand & Overcome Social Anxiety

Understand & Overcome Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder will worry excessively about certain social situations before, during and afterwards. They fear doing or saying something they think will be embarrassing or humiliating. Use our guide to help understand how to overcome this common anxiety.

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Wedding Speech tips
September 15, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

How to Deliver a Great Best Man Speech

The best man speech is an important part of the wedding, so make sure yours is memorable! We provide tips for writing and delivering your speech so that you’ll ace it on the big day.

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Become an effective public speaker
September 3, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Become an Effective Public Speaker

In today’s business environment you must communicate effectively to be successful. Clear and confident communication can help with promotion or to persuade people of your idea. Learn how to become an effective public speaker with the VirtualSpeech app.

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Business Presentation Guide
August 17, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Business Presentation Guide

This guide covers important business presentation tips on body language, structuring your message, presentation slides and preparing for questions. Use these tips in your next speech to engage the audience and enhance your message.

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How to Write a Speech
August 11, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

How to Write a Speech

You need to catch the audience attention early, very early. Deliver a memorable beginning, a clear middle and structured ending. Here are our tips on how to write a speech.

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Speeches that Changed the World
August 9, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Speeches that Changed the World

Learn from these 3 speeches that changed the world in very different ways. We describe the background to the speech and what we can learn from them. We've included the speeches - 'I Have A Dream', 'We shall fight on the beaches' and the John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address.

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Top 5 commencement speeches
August 4, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Top 5 Commencement Speeches for Inspiration

View our list of top 5 inspirational speeches, from J.K. Rowling to Bill Gates, these speeches will help inspire you as the speakers talk about life achievements and struggles they went through to get where they are.

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Communication Skills Training Tools & Services
July 8, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Communication Skills Training Tools & Services

There are loads of resources out there to help you learn. We guide you through the top communication skills training apps, online courses, audiobooks, events and seminars to improve and grow in confidence.

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Public speaking VR training and practice rooms
July 3, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

VirtualSpeech App VR Training Rooms

The VirtualSpeech app offers a variety of public speaking, job interview, networking, sales and meeting rooms for you to practice and improve your skills in. VR environments include a conference scene, meeting room, wedding styed room and an interview panel.

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Greatest Public Speaking Books
July 1, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

5 of the Best Public Speaking Books

Check out our list of top public speaking books, which will give you tips on every aspect of your communication and speech, from TED inspired talks to learning form stand-up comedians.

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4 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
June 14, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

4 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking, known as Glossophobia, is the most common fear in the world. It ranks higher than the fear of death, suggesting that most people would rather die than stand up and speak to an audience. So the first thing to remember is that your fear is totally normal.

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4 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking
June 3, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

How to Build Effective Communication Skills

Effective communication skills are essential to success in the 21st century. There are many different aspects associated with communication – in this guide we focus on 4 key topics: Mind, Body, Voice and Breath.

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Prepare, Write & Deliver a Eulogy

Prepare, Write & Give a Eulogy

Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died that, in a sense, brings the person to life in the minds of the audience. This guide helps you plan, write and give the eulogy, with examples and poems.

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Audience Analysis for your Speech
June 1, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Audience Analysis for your Speech

Understand how to perform audience analysis for your speech and the different types of audience you might encounter. The type of audience affects the choice of language, humour, opening sentences, length and many more.

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Literary Techniques for a Speech
May 16, 2016 - VirtualSpeech

Literary Techniques for a Speech

Planned use of language has a major impact on how your speech is received by the audience. Saying the right words at the right time, and in the right way, can achieve a specific impact.

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