UNITAR-Conflux Center Online Course on Public Speaking and Speechwriting Skills for Multilateral Diplomacy: Cases and Insights from the United Nations


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

Offered by

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Conflux Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Communication

Course details

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4 days
Lessons during the 4 days: 25 hours (including breaks); additional study time depending on participants’ motivation
900 EUR (1,150 USD)
Start date
28 June 2021
End date
1 July 2021
Registration deadline
21 June 2021

Course summary

Effective communication is fundamental to successful diplomacy, specifically in times of crisis marked by high levels of uncertainty. Delivering one’s message is key to work together efficiently and to overcome challenges at both the individual and organisational level.

About this course

The overall objective of the online course is to enable participants to strengthen their professional skills in the workplace as well as developing external partnerships with other like-minded actors in the fields of persuasive public speaking and speechwriting skills for multilateral diplomacy.

The online training will focus on deepening participants’ knowledge and provide guidance on how to better integrate one’s own public speaking skills related to speechwriting at their respective multilateral working environment. Through the online activity, UNITAR and the Conflux Center intend to strengthen the participants’ knowledge to further improve their high-level public speaking and speechwriting competences. Specifically, the online course will be beneficial to identify and examine the essential professional qualities needed to sustain the world of multilateral diplomacy.

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Target audience

The virtual course aims at strengthening the individual capacity of growth-oriented professionals working in a multilateral diplomatic professional environment, who are or aim to be in high-level roles requiring pivotal professional skills such as public speaking and speechwriting.

Specifically, this course is designed for mid to senior level sta­ff in peacekeeping and political missions of the UN and regional organisations (AU, OSCE, EU, etc.), diplomats, those working in governments, non-governmental organisations, and academic institutions.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply public speaking, presentation, speechwriting, and reporting techniques, – including preparation, structure, and delivery – in face-to-face and online formats;
  • Acquire essential principles of the art and craft of speechwriting and delivering speeches;
  • Identify their personal strengths and weaknesses as presenters and writers;
  • Develop their personal presentation style and tailor it to respective audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to use voice and words to effect when giving speeches or presentations: wording, diction, intonation, rhythm, and pacing;
  • Implement acquired tools for combating public speaking anxiety.