College of Public Speaking
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|College of Public Speaking|
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|Formation||September 5, 2006|
|Legal status||Limited Company|
The College of Public Speaking (CoPS) is a public speaking and communications training company based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 2006, its training programmes range from short workshops through tailor-made programmes for individuals and accredited short courses.
The significance of the term College in the title is taken from the root definition of 'a group of people living together under a common set of rules ('con' with; 'lego' law), which captures the idea of educational diversity and lifelong learning.
As well as commercial and private sector work, the College of Public Speaking aims to highlight and raise awareness of public speaking as an essential social skill by hosting public events, such as the annual Corporate Challenge, aimed at finding the UK's best corporate speaker, as well as hosting the Speaking Olympiad, a team speaking event aimed at encouraging and showcasing speaking talent, by giving a platform for teams from the largest and most established UK speaking organisations, including the Association of Speakers Clubs, Toastmasters International and the Society of Cogers to compete across a range of speaking disciplines.
The College of Public Speaking has undertaking several pro bono projects with household name charities, such as Oxfam, Medicins sans Frontieres, Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Marie Curie Cancer Care, The Rainbow Trust, 2Care, Media Trust, The Oxford Hub, as well as a number of educational establishments including King's College London, English-Speaking Union, Emerge Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford and Gordon House, Beckenham.
In 2011 the College of Public Speaking launched a Diploma in Spoken Communication. It is an interactive open learning qualification designed and provided by the College of Public Speaking. Delivered entirely through the internet, it is open to students worldwide.