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Overcome Your Public Speaking Fear

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Class Description

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What you'll learn in this public speaking class:

This is an online course. Zoom link will be sent to you upon enrollment.

Overcome public speaking fear with gradual exposure, in a supportive environment. Based out of New York City for 30 years, we are now offering these classes online to an international audience.

Once the 10 session package is purchased, the student may use their sessions however they choose. The course is ongoing, so each session has participants at all levels. We use a workbook which each student works through at their own pace.

This is the 30th year we’ve been helping people turn their dread into confidence. Gradual exposure allows you to face fear in manageable steps, at your own pace, in a supportive environment. Instructors Charles di Cagno and Kyra Smith, are phobia therapists, and former and current Directors of Public Speaking at White Plains Hospital Anxiety Treatment Center in the United States.

Whatever the level of public speaking, we can help you improve. For those with anxiety, we provide gradual exposure to public speaking through a step ladder of basic to more advanced exercises. For the more experienced, it's a platform tailored to your specific needs to improve various delivery techniques. It is self-paced, in a low pressure, supportive environment with lots of feedback to address your specific issues. Begin with basic exercises and move forward only when ready.

The course is ongoing, with a mix of beginning and advanced students. Our hope is you are inspired, not intimidated by the dynamic speakers present, and keep in mind they started with the same fears, progressing to their present level by consistent effort. The course is not difficult. If you have the will, we offer the way to turn a liability into your most powerful asset. The real challenge is admitting you need guidance, getting started, and making a committed, consistent effort.

Our 100% success rate over 20 years for wedding speeches is just one indication of our effectiveness. But, whatever the challenge, (formal presentation, group discussion, business meeting, sales, confrontation, employment interview) the program is customized to fit your needs.

Sample Gradual Exposure Program Outline for Public Speaking Anxiety:

  • Session One - Get comfortable hearing your voice in public by responding to very simple questions while seated. The questions (i.e., name, occupation, where you live, etc.) require little thought or content.
  • Session Two - Learning to stand confidently before a group. You will stand, with several others and respond to simple questions. As your confidence increases, one by one, each person standing will sit, until you are standing alone. You will continue until this begins to feel comfortable.
  • Session Three - This exercise is the same as the previous one except you start by standing alone.
  • Session Four - Gestures and Movement. Enhance your message, decrease tension and project a confident demeanor incorporating non-verbal skills.
  • Session Five - Implement the skills learned in the session four by relating a personal experience using gestures and movement to enhance your narrative.
  • Session Six - Respond to Questions. Open the floor to questions on a topic of choice.
  • Session Seven - Impromptu Speaking. Learn to organize and deliver an unprepared (no notes) talk.
  • Session Eight - Prepared Speech (Instructor Guided). Learn the secret of outlining and presenting a prepared speech with minimal effort or stress.
  • Session Nine - Prepared Speech. Outline and deliver a speech unassisted.

Once you have mastered the above you can begin simulating all manner of interpersonal and public communication including:

  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Panel Discussion
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Defending your Position
  • Debating
  • Initiating and Sustaining Conversation
  • As well as many others

We look forward to working with you.

Materials: A link to purchase the $25 class workbook will be provided upon signup.

The course is ongoing, so each session has participants at all levels. We use a workbook which each student works through at their own pace. The program can be tailored to your particular needs. For example: work related exercise can be simulated for those facing presentations in the workplace.

Important Note Regarding Class Dates: 

The Classes are ongoing, and students can attend on days that are convenient for them. When you book, you are not attached to the dates listed, but they should be used as a guide to let you know when the upcoming classes are. This flexible schedule is designed to meet the needs of busy professionals.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Refund Policy

No refunds given. Unexplained absence exceeding 60 days results in forfeiture of credits.   


In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Zenspeak - Public Speaking Center (59)

(4.4-star rating across 59 reviews)
  • Overcome Your Public Speaking Fear

    Reviewed by Sarah d. on 3/7/2024
    Instructor made me feel very relaxed on my first session, a great way to ease me into being comfortable with public speaking. It makes me want to continue going to the classes. It's also cool to see other students who are at different levels perform different exercises, I've learned from observing them too.
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