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Finding Your Voice - Public Speaking

Public Speaking: Developing Confident and Effective Communication Skills (COURSE START CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.)


This course draws on learnings from RIAM’s long history and experience in performance, drama, and voice to develop confident and effective communication skills.

Whether you are a performer, musician, actor, or someone who is called upon to speak publicly from time to time, either in a professional or personal capacity, connecting with your audience is essential.

Promoting yourself and your work, delivering a message, telling your story, all depend on your voice and ability to speak with confidence.

This course draws on learnings from the RIAM’s long history and experience in performance, drama, and voice, to develop confident and effective communication skills. Our experienced coach will utilise a range of professional actor training techniques to help you to become a more effective public speaker and “Find Your Voice”.

Fear of public speaking is reported to be one of the most common phobias, and while you may be very highly skilled in your chosen field, when it comes time to speak publicly, having the ability to speak in a natural and authentic voice is a skill that should be nurtured.

The rehearsal room of the actor includes the exploration of vocal techniques, relaxation, breath control and movement, building a connection with the text and ultimately the audience. We bring awareness of these concepts and more to the area of public speaking. Our focus will be on relevant content, specific to participants’ needs with useful activities, practical exercises and guidance based on individual goals in a warm and encouraging environment.


Note: This course taking place live and in-person is subject to government COVID-19 guidelines

Learning Outcomes

  • Connect with your authentic voice and engage with your audience
  • Take the stress out of public speaking by handling nerves and delivering with confidence when called upon to speak
  • Enhance your delivery with a range of professional vocal techniques
  • Uncover the secrets of a captivating presentation by delivering emotionally engaging content  
  • Combine vocal delivery techniques with gesture and movement to engage and connect with your audience
  • Prepare effective content for various purposes and occasions
  • Build confidence in promoting yourself and your work 


Ability: No previous experience required

Age: 18+


Ailbhe Murphy BA LRIAM holds the position of Chief Examiner for Drama & Communication with RIAM.

Ailbhe’s background is in psychology and drama and she has worked with RIAM as Drama & Communication Teacher / Examiner for both juniors and adults for many years and has also spent time working with the Young Actors Programme at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, in New York.

Ailbhe’s voice and movement training includes: work with Kevin Crawford and Paul Keenan at The Roy Hart Centre in France and Trinity College, Dublin. Voice training with Patsy Rodenburg. In addition, she has worked as personal voice coach to Irish American actor, Aidan Quinn. 

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