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KEBU 2020A - Impactful public speaking

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


Students are asked to prepare a 4-5 minutes speech selling an idea, statement or cause they would like to share (it can be linked to academic/professional background or to personal interests and hobbies). This speech will be reworked during the class and students will be asked to present it in front of their peers.

Course Description

This course aims to support students in their path to becoming inspiring and impactful speakers. To do so, they will be invited to work on public speaking key concepts and techniques as a way to (re)connect with their unique personal style and resources. Public speaking refers to the art of informing, influencing and inspiring audiences. The course will therefore cover critical elements concerning verbal and non-verbal communication, such as key steps for building a winning speech or techniques for maximizing one's own communication impact. Also, a part of the course will concentrate on storytelling, a very powerful communication technique which leverages on the magic of stories to create a unique connection with audiences.


  • COQUEL, Matthieu (France Head of Talent Attraction & Acquisition, groupe Renault)
  • GONZALO, Pedro (Programme Director - Corporate University, Société Générale)

Pedagogical format

While drawing on some key theoretical concepts and ideas, this course will be highly interactive, applicable and experiential. Indeed, all theoretical elements presented will be applied by students during the class via practical exercises, simulations and presentations in front of their peers. The course will also include videos to illustrate real-life examples of impactful speeches.

Course validation

Course grade based on participation in class (active involvement in the course, contribution to class discussions and feedbacks to peers, relevance of the inputs, speech preparation)


6 sessions of 2 hours (2 ECTS).