Foundations of Public Speaking – Online

  • Beginner
  • 4 Days
  • Years 7 - 9

A four day public speaking program designed to help students in early high school develop the confidence to bring their words to life.

Student to Teacher Ratio 8:1
Course Objectives
  • Provide students with an introduction to the world of public speaking.

  • Help students devise speech topics, and put ideas into a persuasive structure.

  • Give students plenty of opportunities to practice their skills and receive individual feedback.

  • Facilitiate students developing a love for public speaking!

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Location Online Program

6th October

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9th October


9:30AM - 1:00PM


4 Days



Course Overview

Public speaking is a necessary part of life.  Whilst this may sound scary, it really doesn’t have to be.  Our Foundations of Public Speaking Online program aims to help early high school students change the narrative of fear, find their feet, and turn public speaking into a source of fun in their lives.

By helping students develop their speech writing and persuasive speaking skills in a nurturing environment, this course provides students with the necessary skills they will need to prepare structured and engaging speeches throughout high school.

As with each of our workshops, we make sure that the classes are kept small, and that all students have plenty of opportunities to practice their skills with their peers.


We genuinely believe that whilst our online programs look and feel a little different, they are just as effective in helping students develop their speaking abilities.

Unlike most providers, we run all our online programs live in small classes – nothing is pre-recorded, and everything happens in real time. This means that coaches are able to adapt their teaching style to the class that they actually have, leading to the best possible learning outcomes for students.

Students are also given just as many opportunities to practice in front of an audience – whilst not physically present, students can still see all their peers’ faces on the computer screen, providing them with an audience that feels (and is) very real.  This means that students are still able to apply the theory they learn, develop their confidence, and crucially receive indvidualised feedback in real time.

If you’re still not sure, check out our video on online programs or get in touch to learn more!

All of our online holiday workshops run for eight sessions over four days, with each session being 1.5 hours long, and a good half hour break between the two sessions.

So, for example, if the program was scheduled for 9:30am to 1:00pm each day, the first session that day would be from 9:30am to 11:00am, with a half an hour break before the second session between 11:30am and 1:00pm.

Students won’t be starting at the screen all day either – they will get a short break in the middle of each session, and will be encouraged to prepare their practice speeches (at least one every session) on paper, as they would in a physical classroom setting.

Our Foundations of Public Speaking Online workshop is a beginner level program.

It is designed for students with little (or even no) public speaking experience in early high school, and is perfect for all students, regardless of whether they are introverted or love being the centre of attention!

That said, if your child has just entered Year 7 and has already done our holiday Public Speaking Hummingbirds program or term Public Speaking Parrots program, they would likely be better off giving our Foundations of Debating Online or Experienced Public Speaking Online a try.

If your child has already had plenty of exposure to public speaking, and you’re not sure which program would be best for your child, please reach out and we would be more than happy to talk things through with you!

Over the course of the workshop, students will be:

  • provided with a range of experiences that help them build resilience and overcome any fears they may hold about public speaking;
  • introduced to the key ideas around speechcraft, with a particular focus on developing speech ideas, crafting them into a persuasive presentation, and how to effectively present those ideas to an audience; and
  • given various opportunities to present both impromptu and prepared speeches with their peers.

Connecting with Audiences

The first day will focus on both creating a supportive and welcoming class environment, as well as the connection that exists between speakers and their audience.  Students will consider the importance of keeping audiences at the forefront when preparing speeches, and strategies that they can use to help engage them more effectively.


Developing Speech Ideas

As students progress, the focus will shift towards brainstorming ideas that they can craft into speeches.  This involves coming up with opinions on various topics, which students are then required to back up through a range of different speaking activities using the online platform.


Forming Persuasive Speeches

Once students are comfortable devising ideas for their speeches, the next step is to turn those ideas into a coherent speech.  Over the second and third days, students learn how to craft their reasons into arguments, as well as how to both grab and keep their audiences attention using effective introductions and conclusions. Each session focuses on a different concept, and includes multiple opportunities to practice in front of their peers.


Final Presentations

On the fourth day, students will finalise and give their final presentations to the class, and parents are invited to sit in and watch. This is a great opportunity for students to present to a fuller audience, which not only helps them develop their confidence, but also represents an opportunity to showcase what they’ve learned.

Our classes vary in size every term depending on how many bookings we receive – however, the maximum size of our Foundations of Public Speaking Online class is around eight students with one coach.

If there aren’t any spots left, it’s usually because we’ve hit capacity – please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do about either opening an extra class, fitting your child into the existing class, or putting you on a waitlist in case any students pull out!

By the end of each program, students will have:

  • typed feedback, prepared individually for them by their coach, which goes through what they’ve improved on, and what still needs some work;
  • a digital certificate recognising their achievements;
  • a digital course booklet (that can be printed), which covers everything they’ve learned over the course of the term;
  • the speech that they prepared for their final presentations; and
  • ideally a new mental narrative, where public speaking is something fun rather than a source of fear!
Course Reviews

My daughter was initially very reluctant to attend the course and I had a great deal of trouble persuading her to go, but after the first day she came out of the classroom smiling and chatting with the coach, and said she really benefited by the course and that she liked it and enjoyed the learning, the tips given were very beneficial and she even taught us at home what they were. After the second day she said she would love to attend another holiday course.

Thank you to Rob who obviously did a great job in coaching this class. I would definitely enrol her again for a holiday workshop.

Judy, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking

My son thought it was 'quite good' - which in teenage speak means 'great'. He was public speaking some time later and was pleasantly surprised at how good he had become at public speaking, there was a noticeable improvement. So I am looking to send my other children along too!

Jo, Parent Foundations of Public Speaking
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    Year 7 - 9 students who want to come back next time