Essential Public Speaking with VR

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

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Course overview

Online with VR

Cost: $250

58 lessons, 4 hours

6 case studies

8 VR scenarios

AI-driven feedback

Course outcomes

Know key theory and techniques to deliver effective and memorable speeches

Easily design your presentation to engage and persuade your audience

Manage nerves and become a confident public speaker

Engage and connect with your audience through storytelling

Enhance your message with body language, eye contact and gestures

Overcome a fear of public speaking and feel comfortable speaking in front of audiences of various sizes

Note: You can purchase a VR headset with the course if you don't already have one.

Improve your public speaking with VR

Over 70% of HR professionals believe that public speaking is critical for career success, yet 74% of people have speech anxiety which stops them reaching their potential.

This course provides you with the fundamental tools of communication to help you manage your nerves and feel more confident in front of an audience.

The immersive training allows you to practice your skills in a safe, VR environment, as often as you need to. Be better prepared for your next meeting, presentation or event.

Online learning, done differently

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

Learn online courses

Learn in online classes

Complete a series of videos, quizzes and case studies through our online platform - available to access at any time.

Practice in VR

Practice in realistic VR

Practice what you learn in realistic VR scenarios. Public speaking is just like any other skill - you need to practice to improve.

Feedback in VR

Improve with feedback

Receive feedback on your performance to help identify areas you need to improve to become an effective public speaker.

Why take a VirtualSpeech course?

Reduce nerves through practice

Practice as often as you need to in our realistic VR environments, ensuring you’re confident for any future public speaking events. Course participants have stated that practicing in VR has reduced their anxiety, as they get more used to speaking in front of an audience.

Create engaging speeches

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

Develop an essential life skill

Warren Buffett said "Imagine working on one skill that, once you improve it, will raise your value by 50 percent. The one skill is public speaking". Public speaking is essential for a successful career - perfect your skills with our tips for preparing 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. Learning through experience is the fastest way to improve your skills, with VR, you can do just that.

Speak clearly with our voice analysis

Using the latest voice analysis technology, we can pick up hesitation words, pace of voice, vocal volume of your delivery and more. The VR app will ensure you’re speaking clearly.

Build confidence with role play

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

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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 VR 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

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: Scenarios for this course

Practice your public speaking with the leading VR training app on the market. 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.


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Improve faster with our VR features

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

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Presentation slides

Practice public speaking with your own slides in the VR 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.

"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 Brook

"VirtualSpeech helps conquer stage fright and get someone accustomed to what it feels like to be presenting to a crowd, and thus prepare for the same situation in real life."

Kit Eaton - The New York Times

Named in Forbes as one of the 10 best online business courses.

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Info about VR headsets

Our course works with popular VR headsets, including the Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, Pico Neo 2, Vive Focus and Merge VR.

Need a VR headset?

If you don't already have one, select the headset option when you enroll and we'll send you one.

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