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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Introduction to Communications 101: Public Speaking
Course SummaryMove ahead in your career by acquiring or increasing your public speaking skills through fun video lessons. You can use these short videos to learn how to deliver speeches, speak to specific audiences and use visual aides.
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About This Course
Hone your speech writing and delivery skills to stand out in your current position or move up in your career. In the market for a new job? Your newly developed public speaking skills can enhance your resume and help you catch the attention of potential employers. Quickly learn the essentials of analyzing your audience, creating a speech outline and choosing visual supports for your speeches with these fun and flexible lessons. Quizzes let you gauge how well you comprehend key aspects of speech making or point out what you need to work on. Essential topics, like methods for building credibility or assessing your speaking abilities, are presented in bite-sized lessons that help you quickly grasp key speech making principles. The following public speaking topics are covered in this course:
- Ethical speaking guidelines
- Methods for selecting an appropriate topic and analyzing your audience
- Speech research and organization
- Rhetorical proof
- Delivering a speech and chooing visual supports
- Types of speeches
- Impromptu speech preparation
- Evaluating speeches
How It Works
Fit this course into your schedule and learn the basics of public speaking on the weekends, during your morning commute or anywhere it's convenient for you. The dynamic videos on public speaking essentials are easily viewed on your home computer, laptop or mobile device. Progress through the lessons from start to finish or seek out just the lessons you need, like tips for analyzing your audience or steps to rehearse your speech. To use this course:
- Choose the lesson you want to watch, like The Four Stages of the Listening Process and hit play to get started
- Scan the transcripts for details you missed in the video or to revisit key terms
- Take quizzes after each lesson and use your results to determine if you need to review concepts like effective transitions in speeches or differences between oral and written language styles
- Click on the next lesson to continue watching all the lessons in the course
- When you get to the end of a chapter, take the chapter quiz to gauge your comprehension of the material
- Pinpoint the lessons you want to review, and use the video tags to go back and replay videos
- Make sure you're up to speed on all public speaking concepts by taking the final exam
- Earn a certificate of completion once you've passed all the quizzes in the course
How It Helps
Knowing how to speak effectively in public is useful for many careers, so demonstrate your mastery of this skill by adding this course to your resume, discussing it in job interviews or practicing your public speaking in your current position. Showcase to current and future employers your ease in determining an audience's needs and making well-researched, persuasive speeches and presentations.
|Chapter||Topics & Objectives|
|Introduction to Public Speaking||Understand the role of public speaking as a communication process and describe issues associated with unethical public speaking. Get tips on managing anxiety about speaking in front of a crowd and explore different types of speeches.|
|Analyzing Your Audience||Assess the importance of focusing on listeners' needs and learn how to gather data about your audience. Examine some of the different formal and informal methods for analyzing an audience and adapting to audience reactions.|
|Listening and Feedback||Review the four stages of the listening process and the importance of critical listening. See strategies for becoming a better listener and improving note-taking skills.|
|Selecting the Topic, Purpose, and Thesis of Your Speech||Distinguish between general and specific purposes for a speech and learn to prepare for a speech that has time limits. Assess methods for generating main points and developing a thesis statement for your speech.|
|Researching the Speech||Highlight the importance of research in speech preparation and examine the different types of supporting material available for speeches. Learn how to evaluate and cite sources, conduct interviews and use relevant support.|
|Organizing the Speech||Discover the importance of a speech's organization and summarize the criteria used to select main and supporting ideas for a speech. Identify the patterns of organization for informative and persuasive speeches.|
|Outlining the Speech||Differentiate between a preparation and speaking outline and explain standard outline form. Get tips on grabbing the audience's attention, creating speech transitions and developing the body of a speech.|
|Language and Style||Assess how the style of speech is determined by the audience, speaker and speech purpose. Analyze the importance of diction in a speech's style then study methods for using inclusive language, correct grammar and vivid language in speeches.|
|Speech Delivery||Observe the four types of speech delivery and analyze the importance of correct pronunciation and articulation in a speech. Find out why rehearsals are important and get strategies for answering questions from the audience.|
|Selecting and Incorporating Visual Supports||Explore the different types of visual aids used in speeches and their importance. Get tips on using PowerPoint and understand copyright and fair use regulations.|
|Types of Speeches||Acquire strategies for helping your audience learn from an informative speech and assess the purpose of persuasive speeches. Get details on special occasion speeches.|
|Reasoning and Rhetorical Proof||Study the art of persuasion and how it's used in speeches. Learn how to build credibility and differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning. Study fallacies, faulty assumptions, selective exposure theory and serial position effect.|
|Speech Evaluation||Describe ways to set speaking goals and evaluate your speaking abilities. Review the criteria for evaluating other public speakers.|
|Preparing For an Impromptu Speech||Discover tips for preparing and delivering impromptu speeches, including persuasive and informative speeches. Find out how to prepare a speech in ten minutes.|
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