Essential Public Speaking

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

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Practice what you learn in realistic VR scenarios

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.

With our unique combination of online classes and virtual reality, you’ll be able to practice what you’ve learn in realistic virtual environments, from the safety of your own home.

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

You’ll learn effective speaking and presentation techniques through online videos, quizzes, case studies and articles. You’ll then get the chance to practice these with our best-selling VR app.

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.

How does it work?

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

  • Access to over 30 online classes 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 how to deliver eye contact to different sized audiences with our online classes. Then you'll be prompted to put on a VR headset and practice what you’ve learnt in our specifically designed eye contact VR scenario.

Why take a VirtualSpeech course?


What do I get?

Improve your public speaking skills

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Course curriculum


  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome
  • VR and the VirtualSpeech app
  • Public speaking in the 21st century
  • What is rhetoric?
  • Rhetorical situations
  • The canons of rhetoric
  • Ethos, Pathos, Logos: 3 pillars of persuasion
  • What makes speeches easy to listen to?
  • 4 types of audience
  • 4 types of personality in a meeting
  • Maintaining the attention of your audience
  • Ways to make your presentation more interactive
  • Interacting with the audience at the event
  • Audience members arriving late
  • VR training: Audience and event distractions
  • Questions from the audience
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Guide to choosing a successful speech topic
  • Purpose of your speech
  • Think fast, talk smart
  • VR training: Impromptu speaking
  • Impromptu speech topics for practice
  • How to structure your presentation, with examples
  • The importance of the beginning and end
  • The INTRO model
  • INTRO model example - Jamie Oliver
  • Opening phrases to avoid
  • How to end a speech
  • Presentation and slide design
  • Useful literary techniques
  • Literary techniques example - Barack Obama
  • Two speeches analysed
  • Great speeches that use literary techniques
  • Role Play: TEDx Talk at short notice
  • VR Training: Speech insight
  • Managing anxiety
  • Reducing your nerves
  • How to increase your confidence
  • Example of a nervous speaker
  • 3 easy to implement speaking tips
  • Exercises to warm up your voice before a speech
  • Body language and posture
  • Using the full range of your voice
  • Average speaking rate, with examples
  • Importance of eye contact during a presentation
  • VR training: Eye contact
  • Simple rules for good communication
  • Checklist for before and after a presentation
  • The Importance of Communication Skills in Business

Your instructor

Dom course author

Dominic Barnard

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.

VR Training: Unique VR content for this course

Practice your communication skills with the leading public speaking app, downloaded by over 200,000 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 scenarios.

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 and visual distractions

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

Impromptu Speech in VR

Impromptu room

Our impromptu scenario helps 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.

Improve through practice

As well as the VR training scenarios, you can also practice your public speaking in different VR environments and track your progress within our VR app.

Need a VR headset?

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.

BlitzWolf VR headset

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 slides 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.

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