Public speaking training

“Herman’s public speaking training was tremendously beneficial to me. We learned how to stay composed/overcome fear, techniques for commanding the room, and various vocal strategies to become more effective public speakers. Herman is a wealth of knowledge in the field, and is able to create a supportive, friendly environment.”
Christopher Stockel
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Learn the secrets of public speaking from the best reviewed speaking coach in NYC.

✔️ Practice in a safe environment
✔️ Small group (max 5 people)
✔️ Lunch included
✔️ After-class-email with tips and tricks
✔️ Over 300 positive reviews..


We also offer private coaching and corporate training.
And a follow-up to this class: the level 2 experience!

Public speaking is a skill, and a skill is something you can learn and practice. Do you want to feel more confident when speaking in public? Herman Otten’s public speaking training is a great place to improve your skills and to become more confident.

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One of the public speaking classes in NYC. See all photos!

What is public speaking?

Public speaking is performing a speech in front of a live audience. Back in ancient Greece it was an important skill to have, because back then people didn’t have lawyers that would speak for them. Any citizen who wished to succeed in court, in politics or in social life had to learn public speaking techniques. Even back then there were people that were teaching others the skill of public speaking, like the well-known Aristotle. Nowadays it is a formal way of communication and many people need to master the art of public speaking for school or work. Modern technology has had a big impact on public speaking. There are many different platforms/ways to reach your audience. Social media and television broadcasts can be used to reach a big audience. Modern software, like Powerpoint, helps you to give visual aid to your audience and to make it more professional.

Using public speaking

Public speaking plays an important role in daily work. Most jobs require the skill of public speaking. We also use the skill of public speaking for many things in our life, such as negations, asking for help, resolving conflicts, to clarify or share information. Even when you never give presentations to a (big) group of people, you most likely speak to a more than one person during the day. It is very useful to master this skill. Great public speakers are more liked, get payed more and are even more likely to get a promotion.

“I had a great experience working with Herman and the other participants. The public speaking training consisted of five people, including myself. In the beginning, I was very nervous speaking in front of the class; however, Herman helped me work through it by teaching me effective techniques! I learned so much throughout the day, and it was beneficial to get opportunities to practice. Also the environment felt safe which I really appreciated.”
Alia L.
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One of the public speaking classes in NYC. See all photos!

Getting better at public speaking

Because public speaking is a skill that plays a big part in our individual lives, it is important to learn this skill. What better place to learn this than at a public speaking training? In Herman’s public speaking training you will learn how to get better at presenting, how to control your nerves and to enjoy yourself by learning new and effective methods. Herman will teach you skills to improve your public speeches for big and small audiences. This public speaking training will teach you how to become a great and confident public speaker.

About Herman Otten

The public speaking class is taught by Herman Otten. Herman graduated as an actor from the Utrecht School of the Arts. Herman then went on to direct and act on Dutch television. Now Herman is widely known for helping people from all walks of life overcome their fear of public speaking. Herman currently has more than 12 years of experience as a coach and teacher. To date Herman has been giving public speaking workshops throughout the Netherlands and in NYC! More about Herman.

Personal attention

We work in a small group of a maximum of 5 people. This ensures that everyone gets enough personal attention to overcome social anxiety.

Practical information

Time: full day from 11am to 6pm.
We have two 10 minutes coffee breaks and a 1 hour lunch break.
Location: In the heart of Manhattan at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue
Lunch: We have a great lunch together at a nearby restaurant. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Price: 497 USD per person (a great lunch, water, cookies are included). Payment is possible via PayPal and credit card.
NOTE: WE DON’T DO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING! If you can’t make it, you may give or sell your spot to someone else.

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