Public speaking is the art of designing and delivering a presentation live before an audience, and it’s something that gives many of us the jitters.
This you most of the time? I can relate.
Like it or hate it, it plays a major role in many people’s lives, both in one’s career (this includes school!) and personal life. From presentations to speeches, good public speaking skills help us to:
- Come across as more knowledgeable of our subject material
- Look confident and stand out from our peers
- Lead better from being able to communicate effectively
- Better position oneself as a thought leader
- Improve our critical thinking skills (from having to organise the flow of speeches, for example)
If you’d like to brush up on your public speaking, consider taking a course! Public speaking courses help you learn from professionals while giving you the chance to polish your skills in the classroom in front of a ready audience! Of course, classes like these will only achieve maximum results if you continue to practise even after they’ve ended.
Here’s a list of places in Singapore where you can take a public speaking class up at!
* All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated and are up to date as of Sept 2019. This is only a list and not an endorsement of the courses listed, so please do adequate research of your own before choosing any course!
1. Knowles Training Institute – Ultimate Public Speaking Skill Mastery Course in Singapore
Knowles Training Institute focuses on delivering corporate training, with past clients including the likes of Mediacorp and ST Engineering. Their Ultimate Public Speaking Skill Mastery Course has a class size ranging between 5-20 participants and will provide a lot of materials to enhance learning. Materials comprise of a Public Speaking Skill Learner’s Guide, Key Takeaway Notes, an Essentials Ebook, course handouts, a 30-Day Action Plan, a MindMaps Pack, copies of the course’s PowerPoint slides, a Long-term Memory Flash Cards Pack, an E-Learning Course, an Online Video Course, an AudioBook, and an Infographics Pack. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Duration: 2 days (9am-5pm)
What you’ll learn: Course objectives include learning how to identify various public speaking methods, how to identify your audience before a speech, how to create an outline of your speech, how to flesh out your speech, how to deliver your speech and overcome nervousness, as well as how to handle difficult questions and answers.
SkillsFuture Claimable: The Public Speaking Skill Mastery Course is SkillsFuture approved.
2. Public Speaking Academy – World Champion Certification Programme (Level 1)
Founded by Darren Tay, the winner of the 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking sponsored by Toastmasters International, the Public Speaking Academy offers a variety of courses from kid to adult level. The World Champion Certification Programme is a regular group training class with a small class size (15 students max). Practice intense, students will get to spend up to 70% of class time putting into practice the theories and techniques they have learnt. Participants will receive printed handouts and video recordings of their own speech deliveries, so that they may perform an evaluation of their performances at the conclusion of the course.
Duration: 3 months (weekly lessons)
What you’ll learn: Body language, Language Skills, Impromptu speaking techniques, Interview skills, Powerpoint Presentation skills, Emceeing, Persuasive Speech, Informative Speech, Advanced Linguistic skills
Fees: 240/4 lessons, 720 total (optional exam fee at $60)
SkillsFuture Claimable: You can use your SkillsFuture credit for this course.
3. British Council (Singapore) — Effective Public Speaking Workshop
Established in 1934, the British Council is the UK’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They offer English and Corporate Training Courses, and their Effective Public Speaking Workshop is open to anyone interested in becoming a better public speaker. Participants will learn how to develop and deliver a speech on a topic of their choice and will receive feedback from fellow participants and their trainer.
Duration: 2 days
What you’ll learn: How to planning, build, and deliver a speech (examples of topics include using frameworks and rhetorical devices), giving impromptu talks, managing emotions.
Fees: 1,122.43 (including GST)
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire with British Council (Singapore)
4. Be The VOICE Academy – Presentation Skills Program
Be The VOICE Academy is a presentation skills training centre that believes speaking well is an art which can be learnt. Founded by Brian Lee, who got a taste of teaching voice training when coaching the emcees of the Singapore Armed Forces for the National Day Parade, the Academy offers a range of corporate, individual and education programmes. Their clients include organisations such as SMU and Shell. Their Presentation Skills Program is a program catered to individuals that covers the finer details of what makes a successful presentation, such as body language and ways to control the fear of inadequacy.
Duration: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
What you’ll learn: How to overcome stage fright, presentation secrets and skills
Fees: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire directly with Be the VOICE Academy.
5. SIM Professional Development – How to Speak with Greater Confidence, Purpose and Impact
The executive education arm of the Singapore Institute of Management, SIM Professional Development currently offers over 500 executive and business programmes. This programme is one of their spoken communication offerings catering to Administrative and Support staff, Supervisors and Managers (both emerging and new), as well as executives. It will be led by Tan Teck Huat, a professional speaker, speech and voice trainer, and all participants will receive a dictionary to take-home and aid their learning with.
Duration: 2 days
What you’ll learn: As per the course outline, participants will learn how to prepare and write their speech’s text, manage stage fright, vocal expression, voice production and clear speech, as well as articulation and pronunciation techniques. Participants will also go through an individual speech and voice analysis.
Fees: 690 for non-members, 600 for SIM members (pre-GST). An early bird fee of 540 is available and non-members are welcome to sign up for membership to enjoy the discounted rate.
SkillsFuture Claimable: Please enquire with SIM Professional Education.
We hope that you’ll grow to be unafraid of public speaking with the help of these courses (or some practice facing a mirror, whichever is best)! May you stand bravely and own the stage. Best of luck!