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Effective public speaking skills can help with career advancement, as they indicate creativity, critical thinking skills, leadership abilities, poise, and professionalism, qualities which are very valuable for the job market. Speaking at events and conferences is a good way of building credibility.

What Will You Learn?

  • It covers preparation techniques in creating a speech, concepts on body language for communication, and best practices in delivering professional presentations.

Course Content

What is Public Speaking?
Essentially, public speaking is a presentation given, live before a crowd of people. It can cover a wide range of topics. The objective of the speech might be to instruct, influence, engage, educate, or entertain the listeners. The importance of public speaking comes in handy at every important event of our lives.

  • Importance of Public Speaking
  • 4 Types Of Public Speaking

Chapter 1
Learning to speak in public Forms of communication Interactive communication process

Chapter 2
Analyze the audience and select topic Speech purpose and thesis statement Main points/parts and supporting material Outlining the speech

Chapter 3
What makes you anxious? When are you anxious? How to manage anxiety

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
With great power… Contribute to positive public discourse Ground rules for ethical speaking Avoid plagiarism

Chapter 6
Audience centered perspective Gauging listener’s feelings Audience demographics Other things to consider

Chapter 7
Selecting a topic Brainstorming Identify general purpose Refine topic and purpose From topic to thesis statement

Chapter 8
Supporting materials Offer examples Offer stories Draw on testimony Provide facts and statistics

Chapter 9
Finding credible materials Recognizing bad sources Primary sources Secondary sources and smart searches

Chapter 11/12
Why is organization important Three main speech sections Principals or organization Main points Transitions The “Four S Approach” Patterns of arrangement

Chapter 13
Coordination and Subordination Types of Outlines Working Outline Speaking Outline

Chapters 14/15
Functions of the Introduction Gain audience attention Functions of Conclusions

Chapter 16/17
Effective Delivery Methods of delivery

Chapter 18
- Volume - Pitch - Intonation - Speaking rate - Vocal fillers - Vocal variety - Pronunciation - Articulation - Regional pronunciations are not necessarily correct! - Avoid mumbling

Chapter 19/20/21
Non-Verbal Communication

Chapter 22/23
Using presentation software Focus on sharing knowledge Subject Matter How to communicate information Reducing confusion

Chapter 24
What is a Persuasive Speech? What do they do? Classic persuasive appeals Contemporary persuasive appeals

Chapter 25
What is an Argument? Types of claims and evidence Types of warrants

Chapter 26
Things to consider: organization Organization Patterns Monroe’s Motivated Sequence

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