Essential Public Speaking

Perfect your speaking, communication and presentation skills with our combination of online tutorials and virtual reality.

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A Public Speaking Course with a Difference

70% of HR professionals state that presentation skills are critical for career success, yet 74% of people have speech anxiety. We're here to change that. We've teamed up with expert coaches to teach you effective speaking techniques using online tutorials, which you can then practice with our best-selling VR app.

Learn with tutorial videos, practice in virtual reality, improve your skills

Speaking is just like any other skill - you need to practice to become good at it. That's why learning with VR is so effective - you get to practice essential skills for public speaking in front of a realistic virtual audience, all from the comfort of your own home.

How does it work?

When you enroll in this public speaking course, you will receive:

  • Access to over 30 online tutorials through our website
  • An access code to unlock 4 VR training experiences within our app
  • A VR headset, if you require one
Learn through a combination of online courses and VR

An example of how this works: you'll learn about how to deliver eye contact to different sized audiences with our online tutorials, then you'll be prompted to put on a VR headset and practice this in our VR eye contact training course, where you're tested in a virtual conference room full of people, a team meeting and a one-on-one situation.

Why take a VirtualSpeech course?

What do I get?

Headset Included

A headset is required to experience the VR training - if you don't already have one, we'll send you one when you enroll so that you can start practicing straight away. Simply email us when you sign up and we'll send you a BlitzWolf VR headset. Contact us to request a different headset.

BlitzWolf VR headset

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Your Instructor

Dom course author


Dom, Content Lead, is an entrepreneur, VR enthusiast and engineer with a passion for finding new ways to improve speaking skills using technology. Previously, Dom worked at Jaguar Land Rover before leaving to develop the VirtualSpeech app, and now speaks at events around the world.

Course Curriculum

  • 1. Welcome and Overview
  • Course Guide & Resources
  • Welcome! (1:31)
  • VR and the VirtualSpeech App (1:19)
  • Public Speaking in the 21st Century (1:40)
  • 2. Connecting with the Audience
  • VR Training: Eye Contact
  • Connecting with the Audience (6:23)
  • Maintaining the Attention of your Audience (2:11)
  • Understanding the Audience (2:02)
  • 3. Effective Communication Skills
  • Common Mistakes (2:45)
  • Body Language & Voice (2:06)
  • Listening to Others
  • Quiz: Building Effective Communication Skills

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VR Training: Unique VR Content for this Course

Practice your communication skills with the leading public speaking app, downloaded by over 150,000 users. At key points during the online part of the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in one of the following VR training courses.

Eye Contact Training in VR

Eye Contact Training

Improve your eye contact and connect with the audience. As part of this course, we'll show you a heatmap of where you're looking and where you should shift your focus to, for greater impact.

Sound and Visual Distractions in VR

Sound & Visual Distractions

Successful speeches require focus and it's easy to get distracted. Learn how to deal with various sound and visual distractions, including mobiles phones ringing, audio feedback from speakers and flare lighting.

Impromptu Speech in VR

Impromptu Room

Our fun game lets you practice quick-thinking by talking about a series of random slides for 30 seconds each. You'll be able to give speeches at short notice and answer questions more easily with this brain training.

Speech Insight Analysis in VR

Speech Insight Analysis

Use cutting-edge technology to receive feedback on 15 different areas of your speech, such as persuasiveness, aggression, and openness. Great for understanding how your audience are likely to perceive you.

What People are Saying

'Genius. What an amazing concept. The app works great and as someone who suffers from public speaking phobia, this threw me right into the lion’s den.'
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'An amazing way to practice for speaking engagements. I would recommend it to anyone who is preparing for a talk or a business pitch.'
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'The most useful tool for helping you deliver perfect speeches that I've come across so far!'

'This is certainly a better way of practicing in comparison to practicing in front of the mirror or by repeatedly reading your printed notes.'

'It’s amazing, I love it... This idea is genius, the implementation is brilliant.'

Everything you Need to Improve

Our VR app is full of useful features to help you grow your skills.

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Presentation Slides

Personalise your experience by adding your own presentation into the virtual rooms.

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Voice Analysis

Receive instant feedback on your speech using the latest voice analysis technology.

Realistic VR environments

Realistic Environments

Develop your presentation skills with our realistic virtual environments and audiences.

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Record your Speech

Save your speech and listen to it later for analysis, better understand areas you need to work on.

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Audience Distractions

Learn how to deal with distractions such as talking, mobile phones ringing and stage lighting.

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Mobile Ready

Our iPhone and Android VR-apps work with the majority of modern phones.

See our App Guide for more information on features and environments within our VR app.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I have access to the online classes and VR training?

Once you've enrolled on the course, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes and online training material. We'll send you an access code to unlock the VR training within 8 hours of enrolling.

Do I need a VR headset?

You'll need a headset to use the virtual reality part of this course. If you don't already have one, we'll email you to get your address when you enroll and send you a headset. The type of headset depends on which package you select.

How do I get the VR content?

Once you've enrolled on the course, we'll send you an access code to unlock the VR training within the VirtualSpeech app. Download our app onto your mobile from the Apple App store or Google Play store, enter the access code, and begin practicing.

What is the split between tutorial videos and VR training?

We'll guide you through the main principles of public speaking in our online tutorial videos, explaining our top tips that have helped thousands of people around the world. This is roughly 60% of the course content. The remaining 40% is VR training, where you'll practice with our VR courses and features.

Does the VR content work with Gear VR and Google Daydream?

You can now access all our VR training with both the Samsung Gear VR and Daydream View headsets.

Does VirtualSpeech pay for the VR headset shipping?

Yes, we cover all shipping costs for the VR headset when you purchase it as part of this course. Where possible, we try and source the VR headset locally to reduce shipping time.

What equipment do I require?

  • A computer with internet access to view the online training material
  • A smartphone to use the VR training (running either Android 4.4 or later, or iOS 8.0 or later)
  • A VR headset (which works with a smartphone)

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