An Introduction to Public Speaking



Join author, public speaker and broadcaster Keith Betton for a three-week online course teaching the basic skills you’ll need to become a public speaker. Each session focuses on a specific aspect of learning to talk about the natural world:

  • Week 1:

    How to decide what you can talk about, getting to grips with the basics of communication (how to be understood better), following which you will each write an outline for short talk during the gap between sessions 1 & 2.

  • Week 2:

    Workshopping the talk ideas, live practice of some short examples, plus tips on getting it right on the day (what to expect, what the audience or media expects, how to prepare).

  • Week 3:

    Live delivery of a final short example of your talk, plus tips on promoting yourself as a speaker or media guest (what events can you speak at, media outlets etc).

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained an insight into how to be a better communicator, how to keep an audience interested, and how to gain a profile in the market for public speaking and broadcasting.


  • Wednesday 16 March from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT
  • Wednesday 23 March from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT
  • Wednesday 30 March from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT


for the three sessions

  • £60 — non-members
  • £58.20 — Bronze-winged Jacana members
  • £55.00 — Silvery Grebe members
  • £50.00 — Golden Oriole members

16 March — 23 March — 30 March

from 7pm to 8.30pm GMT

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Keith Betton is a writer, broadcaster and freelance bird guide.

Keith started to give talks in public when only aged 15 and made his TV debut on the BBC children’s show, Blue Peter aged 16. A career in the media saw him make over 1000 TV appearances both live and recorded, and his has appeared on radio over 5000 times.

He is now a freelance media trainer, helping people to communicate more easily.

Keith is a keen world birder, having seen more than 8,500 species in nearly 110 countries. In the UK he is heavily involved in bird monitoring in Hampshire, where he is County Recorder and Chairman of the Hampshire Ornithological Society. He has also been a Council Member of both the RSPB and BTO.