Catholic Voices Public Speaking Programme Scotland 2015/16


What is it?

Public speaking training aims to prepare speakers for parishes, university chaplaincies, sixth-forms, public debates and so on. Like Catholic Voices media training, this will be a highly practical course: an introduction to the central skills of public speaking, from structuring a talk to holding an audience to dealing with questions, all highly transferable skills! 

This programme is modelled on the training given to Catholic Voices speakers in London earlier this year. One of the participants said afterwards:

“I had been involved in public speaking previously but I had never been trained. This training helped me hugely in terms of my confidence in speaking and understanding the process it involved. I still remember key points from the training and I use them in giving talks. I'm sure I have improved!”

When is it?

Saturday 12 December 2015, 10am to 5pm, and then 2 evenings in January/February 2016.

Where will it take place?

Turnbull Hall, the Catholic Chaplaincy of the University of Glasgow.

Who will lead the course?

Daniel Hitchens and Jack Valero of Catholic Voices.

How much will it cost?

Nothing (but bring your own lunch for the Saturday).

What commitment do I need to give?

You will need to be able to attend the whole of the Saturday session and at least two evening sessions in January or February 2016. The dates of these are still to be fixed but 4 dates will be offered so that you will have a choice. If there are enough people from the east of the country we may hold at least one of these evenings in Edinburgh.

After that it will be up to you, with the support of Catholic Voices, to find opportunities to put your new found skills into practice.

What sort of people are you looking for?

We are keen to train Catholics who are currently at university or college or have graduated in the past few years. You should be a practicing Catholic in full agreement with all the teachings of the Catholic Church, and keen to speak about the Church’s teaching in public. 

How do I apply?

Email Sean Deighan ( with your details. It will be first come first served. There will be places for up to 24 participants.

Where can I find out more information?

Contact Sean, visit the Catholic Voices website, and also like the Catholic Voices Scotland Facebook page

Saturday, 12 December, 2015 - 10:00 - 17:00
Turnbull Hall, the Catholic Chaplaincy of the University of Glasgow
Event Category: 
Speakers course

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