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Effective Public Speaking

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Date: September 23 - November 25, 2015
Duration: 10 sessions. Offered one evening per week on Wednesdays.
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
688 Sherbrooke Street, West
Fee: $595 CAD

Credit Weight: 6 Continuing Education Units (CEU's)


This in-depth course is designed to help you relate your ideas clearly and improve on the three aspects of your public speaking skills: the psychological, the personal and the technical. Weekly sessions feature theory, class participation, as well as constructive audience and instructor feedback in a friendly, relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere.


Develop the skills to:

  • Write successful speeches
  • Give dynamic, memorable and persuasive presentations
  • Control stage fright and make positive use of nervous energy
  • Analyse your own voice and capitalise on its strengths
  • Gain and hold your audience's attention


Monica D. Carbonneau
Monica D. Carbonneau is an author, freelance journalist, public speaking and business etiquette consultant and international professional public speaker. She is the recipient of several awards for her public speaking and speechwriting skills.

How to register:

Registration will open June 1, 2015.

Please take a moment to carefully read the registration instructions below:

1. Print and complete the Effective Public Speaking and Speech Preparation (CBUS 204) Registration Form [.pdf]
Before submitting your registration please verify that all information is legible, that you have signed both forms and that the supporting documents have been photocopied correctly.

2. How to submit your registration:
- By email to pdregistrations [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca (please scan and attach clear copy of documents)
- By mail or in person to:
Department of Career and Professional Development
McGill University School of Continuing Studies
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 1199
Montreal, Quebec  H3A 3R1
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm, Fridays: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Should you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 514-398-6200 or by email


Fees may be paid by Visa, Mastercard or AMEX. We also accept payment by personal cheque.

For all other inquiries, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Registration Deadline:

One week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class
If you miss the registration deadline, please contact 514-398-5454 or pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Cancellation Policy:

Transcript Courses
All cancellation & section change requests must be made in writing to Pdregistrations [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received prior the registration deadline - one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received after the registration deadline - within one week (7 calendar days) prior to the first class.
No refunds are issued after the first class of the course, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I obtain an attestation of completion?
This course will appear on your official McGill transcript. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an Attestation from McGill University. This attestation will indicate the number of CEUs and PDs earned.
What are CEUs?
CEUs are Continuing Education Units. A Continuing Education Unit is a measure of the number of hours of participation - contact and/or study - in an organized Continuing Education activity. One CEU represents ten hours of participation. Participants who successfully complete the Comprehensive Business Analysis course earn 16 CEUs.
Can I take this course without being evaluated?
If you do not wish to be evaluated, you can fill out a Request for Non-Evaluation form at the Department prior to the second class. Your McGill transcript will show a grade of NE (Not evaluated). You will find the Request for Non-Evaluation form here. Note that students who request non-evaluation will not receive an Attestation of successful completion from McGill University, nor will they be granted CEU's.