UCC ACE Short courses

Confident Communication: Enhance your Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills (taught online only)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Confident Communication: Enhance your Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills (taught online only)

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Six weeks, Mondays 7-9pm, from 5 October to 16 November 2020

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €150 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 25 September 2020

  • Course Delivery Method


  • Start Date

    Monday 5 October 2020

Course Outline

Effective presentation and communication skills are a critical element in our personal lives and our career development. Yet, for many of us, finding our voice and using that voice in public is a struggle.

Whether you are preparing for an upcoming personal or professional speaking event, or you have steadily avoided such opportunities until now, this course is relevant for you. This six-week course will focus on the development of practical skills which will focus on building your confidence in public speaking and in making a presentation, in both face-to face and on-line situations.  You will learn the techniques required to plan and deliver your presentation, how to control anxiety and grow your self-belief, and how to make your presentations interesting and effective. Using an interactive format with exercises, individual coaching and feedback, this course will give you the toolkit to grow your confidence and become an effective communicator.

The six-week course will cover the six themes outlined below in a fun and interactive way. Participation is success and there is always an informal and supportive atmosphere within the group.  The course starts with a training needs assessment so that the exact content can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the group. 

Week 1

Introductions and Objectives

Who are you and what do you want from the course? Course overview and needs analysis and outline of some fundamental principles of communication and presentations followed by an introductory practical exercise and feedback.

Week 2

Communication Styles and Establishing Rapport

Awareness of your body language, of how you behave under pressure, what signals you are unconsciously giving, how nerves and stress affect you physically. This session will include practical relaxation exercises and confidence building techniques

Week 3

Preparing your Message

Capturing your audience through effective presentations (including brainstorming and organizing ideas, tailoring content to a specific audience, and stimulating audience interest)

Week 4

Presenting your Message 1

The uses of storytelling and using language to make your message memorable; tailoring your presentation for the audience, using visual and other presentation aids. This will include techniques to overcome nerves and self-doubt


Week 5

 Presenting your Message 2

This week will focus on the practicalities of speaking and presenting without the opportunity to prepare and using improvisation techniques to build confidence in speaking in groups. We will also cover what to watch out for when presenting in an online setting.

Week 6

Putting it All Together

Practice, coaching and feedback on delivering your message confidently and fluently to different audiences



Course Practicalities

The course will be delivered in the form of practical and interactive online workshops. Participants will be asked to focus on real life situations where they are required to speak publicly, communicate formally or make presentations.

Each session will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a fun environment through online individual and group activities and notes and resources are emailed after each session. By the end of the course you will be equipped with a full practical toolkit of communications tips and strategies.

Who teaches this course:

Ms Michelle Nelson. Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in the areas of languages and cross-cultural communication, teaching and business administration and has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Management Coaching.  Michelle has presented nationally and internationally to a range of different audiences, from second-level students to senior management teams in the public sector.  


Short courses are non-assessed


Why Choose This Course

Public Speaking has been widely documented as the number one fear of all humans! This course is ideal for anyone looking to overcome self-doubt and gain confidence when addressing an audience.  You will learn a range of practical tools and techniques to enhance your communication and presentation abilities. Having completed this course, you will feel more confident in making a speech, delivering a presentation and in your everyday oral communication. 

This course will start with a training needs assessment so that the content can be tailored to meet your needs.  The interactive and practical nature of the course will help you develop your skills, with constructive feedback from the facilitator and peer group throughout the six weeks. You can also avail of a one-to-one presentation skills coaching session as part of the programme.


Applicants must be over 18 years at course commencement

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €150.

How Do I Apply

This short course will open for booking in late August and we will post details of the registration process in the coming weeks. The closing date for applications is Friday 25 September 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment and, in the event of a course not commencing, applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.


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