Ch 19: Developing Public Speaking Skills

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Develop your public speaking skills in no time using this collection of engaging lessons. Master core concepts such as the different types of speeches and speech delivery, the role of nonverbal communication in public speaking, and more.

Developing Public Speaking Skills - Chapter Summary

This chapter offers a comprehensive overview of various important topics related to delivering speeches and shows you how to improve your own public speaking skills. You'll take an in-depth look at the importance of speech organization and how to select supporting ideas for your speech while also learning how to use collaborative skills and critical thinking in a discussion. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Outline the different types of speeches and speech delivery
  • Develop and select supporting ideas for a speech
  • Use vocal qualities to convey meaning
  • Communicate non-verbally when delivering a speech
  • Focus on listeners' needs to become an audience-centered speaker
  • Evaluate others' speeches using critical listening and thinking
  • Analyze persuasive speeches
  • Contribute to a discussion

Our experienced instructors guide you through each lesson at a customizable pace and highlight the most important principles for developing your public speaking skills. Visual learners can benefit from the video lessons, while transcripts are also provided for those who prefer to study by reading. Maximize your retention and track your progress using the self-assessment quizzes available at the end of each lesson.

11 Lessons in Chapter 19: Developing Public Speaking Skills
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Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

1. Types of Speeches: Informative, Persuasive, and Special Occasion

There are essentially three types of speeches public speakers use to influence their audience. In this lesson, we'll look at those three types of speeches and how each serves a different purpose.

Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

2. Four Types of Speech Delivery: Impromptu, Extemporaneous, Manuscript & Memorized

There are four ways in which a speaker can deliver his or her information. Once can speak from his head, commit every word to memory, read from a script or use a blended approach.

Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

3. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

4. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

5. Using Vocal Qualities to Convey Meaning in Public Speaking

To keep your audience engaged, it is important to consider vocal qualities like volume, pace and pitch. These qualities are what keep your speech not only interesting but also engaging. Learn about vocal qualities in this lesson.

The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

6. The Role of Nonverbal Communication During Speech Delivery

When delivering a speech, your body movements tell almost as much about your message as your actual speech. Eye contact, body orientation, posture, facial expressions and gestures play into how your audience perceives your message.

Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

7. Be an Audience-Centered Speaker: Focusing on Listeners' Needs

The best way a speaker can ensure that his message is communicated effectively is to consider his audience and their biases and beliefs. Getting to know and understand the audience will help to create a speech that carries meaning.

Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

8. Critical Listening & Thinking: Evaluating Others' Speeches

Critical listening skills go far beyond just hearing a speaker's message. They involve analyzing the information in a speech and making important decisions about truth, authenticity and relevance. Learn about critical listening and thinking skills in this lesson.

Analyzing Persuasive Speeches: Techniques & Examples

9. Analyzing Persuasive Speeches: Techniques & Examples

Interested in learning more about how to persuade an audience? This lesson discusses the persuasive techniques of ethos, logos, and pathos in famous speeches by Patrick Henry and Martin Luther King Jr.

Collaborative Skills: Definition & Explanation

10. Collaborative Skills: Definition & Explanation

Find out what collaborative skills are and learn about different types of collaborative skills in this lesson. You'll receive a few tips for teaching students about collaborative skills, then you can take a quiz to test your new knowledge.

How to Contribute to a Discussion

11. How to Contribute to a Discussion

In this lesson, we explore some of the best ways to contribute meaningfully to classroom discussion, from making sure you are prepared to making sure your answers are concise.

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