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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?
Course SummaryIn just a few weeks, you can earn an Introduction to Public Speaking Certificate and learn more about communication with this fun course. This certificate can showcase your abilities and skills to clients and employers or be listed on your resume or online job profile.
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About This Course
Learn how to speak in front of an audience in just a couple of weeks by viewing the quick and engaging video lessons in this course and earning an Introduction to Public Speaking Certificate. The dynamic and entertaining animations and graphics used in these video lessons make it easy to retain key info on public speaking. Find out the difference between hearing and listening and explore the purpose of different types of speeches.
Who's This For?
Sales professionals, business leaders, teachers, small business owners, aspiring politicians or anyone who wants to hone their public speaking skills can take this course.
No prerequisites are needed for this introductory course.
Benefits of the Certificate
This Introduction to Public Speaking Certificate is a handy tool for both your professional and personal life. Adding this certificate to your resume or online profile can help you:
- Demonstrate your ability to speak in front of an audience to potential clients
- Show current and future employers your understanding of key public speaking concepts
- Attest to your willingness to continue your education throughout your career
- Feel comfortable speaking to new people or in different situations outside of work
- Make speeches to support your volunteer activities
Introduction to Public Speaking Program Breakdown
Introduction to Public Speaking
Get started in this course with this chapter on the history of public speaking and why it's important. See an overview of different types of speeches and guidelines for being an ethical speaker.
Analyzing Your Audience
This chapter teaches you how to focus on your listeners' needs and provides some tips on formally and informally analyzing an audience and gathering info about your audience.
Listening and Feedback
Outline the four stages of the listening process in this chapter and describe major listening types. Get strategies for mapping a speech and becoming a better listener.
Selecting the Topic, Purpose and Thesis of Your Speech
Discover why it's important to understand the reason for a speaking event in this chapter. Identify the steps used to choose a topic for your speech and learn how to generate main ideas from a topic. See how thesis statements are developed from topics.
Researching the Speech
Differentiate between primary and secondary research and pinpoint the different types of materials that can be used to support ideas presented in a speech. Learn how to conduct interviews, evaluate sources and cite sources.
Organizing the Speech
Identify criteria used for selecting main and supporting ideas for a speech in this chapter. Find out how to incorporate supporting materials into your speech and explore the organizational patterns used for informative and persuasive speeches.
Outlining the Speech
Distinguish between speaking outlines and preparation outlines and learn how to use standard form to outline a speech. Get tips on gaining the audience's attention and summarize the roles of speech introductions, conclusions and transitions.
Language and Style
This chapter explores the differences between oral and written language styles. You'll learn how to use accurate and vivid language in your speeches and adapt your language style to appeal to diverse audiences.
Highlight the four types of speech delivery and discover the role of nonverbal communication in a speech. Determine how vocal qualities are used to convey meaning and understand the importance of rehearsing a speech.
Selecting and Incorporating Visual Supports
Learn how to use visual aids in your speech and see some types of visual aids in this chapter. Get tips on preparing visual aids and PowerPoint presentations and review copyright rules and fair use.
Types of Speeches
Identify the different types of informative and persuasive speeches and discover strategies that you can use to help your audience learn from an informative speech. Discuss special occasion speeches.
Reasoning and Rhetorical Proof
This chapter teaches you how to use ethos, pathos and logos in your persuasive speeches and introduces some general persuasive strategies. You'll learn how to build your credibility, use rhetorical proof and identify fallacies and faulty assumptions.
Find out why speech evaluation is important in this chapter, which shows you how to evaluate yourself as a speaker and introduces criteria you can use to evaluate other speakers.
Preparing For Your Impromptu Speech
Get tips on delivering impromptu speeches and learn how to prepare an impromptu speech in about ten minutes in this chapter. Discuss the different approaches for developing impromptu persuasive or informative speeches.
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