Essential Public Speaking

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

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Improve your public speaking with VR

Our interactive virtual classroom will help you develop skills you need for clear and assertive communication.

Over 70% of HR professionals believe that public speaking is critical for career success, yet 74% of people have speech anxiety.

With our unique combination of online classes and virtual reality, you’ll be able to improve your public speaking skills in a safe environment and overcome any speech anxiety.

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

Online learning, done differently

We combine online classes with VR for a unique learning approach. At certain points throughout the course, you'll be prompted to practice what you've learnt in VR.

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Learn with tutorial classes

You’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, slideshows and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.


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Practice in realistic VR

Practice what you learn with VR scenarios specific to this course. Public speaking is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.


VirtualSpeech's learn, practice, improve loop

Improve with VirtualSpeech's loop

Learn online and then practice in VR. This loop occurs multiple times throughout the course and helps you improve more effectively.

Why take a VirtualSpeech course?

Reduce nerves through practice

Practice as often as you like in our realistic virtual simulations, ensuring you’re confident for any future public speaking events.

Create engaging speeches

Practical tips for presentation slide design and formatting will ensure you’re delivering a speech your audience want to hear.

Develop an essential life skill

Public speaking is essential for a successful career - perfect your skills with our tips for planning and delivering a successful speech.

Learn through experience with VR

Skills improve the more you practice them. With VR, you can practice in a safe space at your own pace, as often as you need to.

Speak clearly with our voice analysis

Using the latest voice analysis technology, we can pick up hesitation words, pace of voice and more, to ensure you’re speaking clearly.

Build confidence with role play

Prepare for and then practice our role play scenarios in VR. Build up experience and develop quick thinking by handling difficult situations under time pressure.


What do I get?

Improve your public speaking skills

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Course curriculum


  • Overview of the VirtualSpeech VR app and course. We explain where to download the app and how VR can help you improve your public speaking. We end this section with a brief history on public speaking.
  • Course guide and resources
  • Welcome
  • VR and the VirtualSpeech app
  • Public speaking in the 21st century
  • Rhetoric is an important part of public speaking and persuasion. This section covers the key aspects of rhetoric, as we explain what makes speeches easy to listen to and how to add these to your speech.
  • What is rhetoric?
  • Rhetorical situations
  • The canons of rhetoric
  • Ethos, Pathos, Logos: 3 pillars of persuasion
  • What makes speeches easy to listen to?
  • It’s vital that you understand and connect with your audience during your speech. This section covers the different types of audience member, how to maintain their attention and cope with distractions.
  • 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
  • Planning is a vital part of public speaking. Learn how to pick a topic and what to ask yourself before writing your speech. We also show an example product demo, to help you plan for this scenario.
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Guide to choosing a successful speech topic
  • Purpose of your speech
  • Impromptu speeches are amongst the hardest you will do. Learn how you can prepare for these situations and practice in our impromptu VR scenario.
  • Think fast, talk smart
  • VR training: Impromptu speaking
  • Impromptu speech topics for practice
  • In this section, we provide frameworks and examples for how to write and structure a speech, with a particular focus on the introduction.
  • How to structure your speech, 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
  • Literary techniques are a powerful way to engage your audience. We examine the techniques used by Obama, Churchill and King in some of the world’s most famous speeches.
  • Useful literary techniques
  • Literary techniques example - Barack Obama
  • Two speeches analysed
  • Great speeches that use literary techniques
  • Nerves are an inevitable part of public speaking. Practice your speech in our large virtual conference, before learning how to manage anxiety from an expert.
  • 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
  • From warming up your voice, to actually delivering your speech, this section covers all the fundamental topics required when delivering a speech.
  • 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 speech
  • VR training: Eye contact
  • The final section of this course gives you simple communication tips and a checklist to go through before your next speech.
  • Simple rules for good communication
  • Checklist for before and after a presentation
  • The Importance of Communication Skills in Business

Your instructor

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Dom Barnard

Dom is Curriculum Lead for the Public Speaking course. He's 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 scenarios for this course

Practice your public speaking with the leading mobile app on the market, 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.

Improve through practice

In addition to the VR training scenarios, you can practice your public speaking in different VR environments and track your progress in our VR app.

Improve faster with our VR features

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

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Presentation slides

Practice public speaking with your own slides in the virtual room with you.

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Speech analysis

Receive feedback on your eye contact, pace, filler words and more.

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Audience distractions

Learn to deal with audience noises, mobile phones ringing and stage lighting.


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

Need a VR headset?

A headset is required to use the VR training - if you don't already have one, select the headset option when you enroll and we'll send you one.

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"As someone who suffers from public speaking phobia, this threw me right into the lions den... I encountered flaws in my approach that I would not have discovered until the actual event."

- Ish Laos

"Insanely useful for someone who wants to learn to speak in front of people... I'm now the 'pitch man' for our company, and my pitches opened the door to our (now completed) seed round of funding."

- Jordan Brooks

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