UCC ACE Short courses

Confident Communication: Enhance your Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills COURSE FULL

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Confident Communication: Enhance your Public Speaking, Presentation and Communication Skills COURSE FULL

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Six weeks, Mondays 7-9pm, from 27 January to 2 March 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 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    Western Gateway Building, Room G08, UCC

  • Start Date

    27 January 2020

Course Outline

Effective communication skills are a critical element in your personal life and in your career development. Whether you are preparing for an upcoming personal or professional event or focused on achieving better general communication skills in your everyday life, this course is relevant for you. Using a workshop style of delivery, 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. You will learn the techniques required to plan and deliver your presentation, how to control anxiety and how to make your presentations interesting and effective. This course will ultimately help you to identify and achieve your communication objectives.

The six-week course will cover the six themes outlined below. This course will start 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.

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.

Week 5: Presenting your Message 2  This week will focus on using technology to enhance your presentations with some simple tricks and tips for combining words, images and infographics to present information

Week 6: Putting it All Together  Practice, coaching and feedback on delivering your message confidently and fluently to different audiences

Course Practicalities

Who teaches this course:

Dr Jennifer Murphy  /  Michelle Nelson

Jennifer and Michelle have over 20 years combined qualification and experience in the areas of languages and cross-cultural communication, teaching and business administration. Both Jennifer and Michelle have presented nationally and internationally to a range of different audiences, from second-level students to senior management teams in the public sector.

The course will be delivered in the form of practical and interactive 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 be highly interactive and will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a fun environment through individual and group activities.


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 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 tutors and the rest of the group throughout the six weeks.


Applicants must be over 18 years at course commencement

Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €150.

How Do I Apply

 The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.

Application Form Jan 2020


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