Frequently Asked Questions
What types of topics are covered in the class?
Speaking for Today dives deep into the fundamental skills that shape confident, articulate speakers in both in-person and virtual settings. What's more: you'll practice executing these skills - each week - in front of supportive participants who are striving to excel in similar areas.
While the specific outline of each class will vary based on instructor, the topics covered in the course include: strategies to overcome the fear / anxiety of public speaking, breathing techniques for healthy speech, fundamentals of body language, speaking without filler words, strategies to think on the spot, and tools to stay calm while under pressure. Given the small group format, additional topics may be addressed based on student questions and individual concerns. The intimate class setting often lends itself to organic discussion regarding individual experiences with speech. In addition, each session will include time for participants to practice the exercises in front of an audience.
Is there a waitlist if someone drops out?
Yes! We cap each round at 6 participants. If you’d like to attend a class that’s fully booked, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know. We’ll put you on the list and inform you ASAP if someone cancels or moves their registration.
Will participants have homework assignments?
You will, and while it’s encouraged, it’s never mandatory! Each week, you’ll receive exercises to practice on your own, as well as an assignment to prepare for the following week’s session. The amount of time you spend on your homework is up to you. The exercises and assignments are designed for your benefit, and the more consistently you are able to practice, the faster you’ll make progress.
Do I have to attend all the classes?
The course is four sessions, and we hope you’ll be able to attend all four! If you know you’ll miss a week, let us know in advance so we can make sure you have all relevant information. If you need to miss a session last minute, no problem - just let us know. You’ll still be included on the session notes and follow-up assignments emailed after each class.
- We are unable to provide a position in another group at this time for “make-ups.”
- We do not record the course for the comfort and confidentiality of each attendee.
Is this a class for teens?
This class is for adults, but if you have (or are) a teenager who would like to sign up for a course like this, please let us know! Some younger attendees looking to improve their speaking skills have been able to thrive and benefit from Speaking for Today, and we can discuss the appropriateness of their inclusion based on their interests. Additionally, we have our “Teen Group Class” in the works, and we’d love to put you on the list.
Can I get refunded partially if I miss a class?
Full payment for the course is required in advance to secure your slot. We do not provide partial refunds for missed classes, in part to encourage a high degree of commitment. Given the small group atmosphere, when someone is missing, the rest of the group feels it! Participants grow to bond with one another, and if a different student is missing each week, the group dynamic becomes more challenging to establish. In addition, one of the great benefits of a group course (particularly for something as intimidating as public speaking) is accountability.
However, your payment is transferable until two weeks before the start of the class. If, for example, three weeks before the start date you’re no longer able to attend, you may transfer your registration to another class or use the credit towards individual sessions.
Are these in-person classes?
We offer classes both virtually and in-person. In virtual sessions, we deal with principles for both virtual and in-person communication.
Please consult the schedule and note whether the class is listed as virtual or in-person, so that you may sign up for your preference!
Is this suitable interview prep?
During the course you will learn fundamental skills and techniques that will certainly help you with speaking and presentation during interviews. At various points in the class, you will have the opportunity to practice material pertinent to your own life. If you’d like to spend a few minutes on a mock interview during the class, let your instructor know, and they will make it happen!
What if I’m a total novice?
Welcome aboard! This class can provide the training wheels you need before stepping up in the real world. No previous experience is required.
What if I'm not a total novice? (I have some public speaking experience, but I’d like to shore up my skills.)
This is your best next step. A huge component of our course is practice in front of an audience while demonstrating proven techniques for successful delivery. Having students with varying levels of experience allows for a richer group dynamic, as we benefit enormously from watching others try out the same skills we’re learning ourselves.