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Ch 1: Effective Public Speaking

About This Chapter

Let our video lessons help you learn develop public speaking skills, including techniques for persuasion and how to manage anxiety. Short lesson quizzes allow you to assess your knowledge.

Effective Public Speaking - Chapter Summary

Public speaking is a method of delivering a message to an audience and is vital in many areas of life, including work, school and religion. In these lessons, our expert instructors help you understand the process of making a speech, including techniques you can use to persuade your audience. With these lessons and self-assessment quizzes, you'll get some useful guidelines for crafting and delivering your message, and even learn to get your nerves under control. These short videos offer information on:

  • Purposes of public speaking
  • Strategies for persuading an audience
  • How to reduce stress associated with making a speech
  • Characteristics of an ethical speaker
  • Ethos, pathos and logos
  • Legal issues in public speaking

Video Objective
What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?Explore how public speaking can help you develop critical thinking and communication skills.
How Public Speaking Differs from Casual ConversationAnalyze the differences in public speaking and casual conversation.
Public Speaking as a Communication ProcessExamine the process of public speaking as a means of communication.
The Art of Persuasion in Public SpeakingLearn about types of persuasion and strategies to convey them in a speech.
Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & TipsMaster techniques for handling stage fright.
Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & IssuesLook at characteristics of an ethical speaker and behavior to avoid.
Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public SpeakingExplore ways to use appeals in your speeches.
Copyright and Fair Use: Implications for Public SpeakingSee how to avoid copyright problems in public speaking.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: Effective Public Speaking
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What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

1. What Is Public Speaking and Why Do I Need to Do It?

Public speaking is the process of communicating information to an audience. It is usually done before a large audience, like in school, the workplace and even in our personal lives. The benefits of knowing how to communicate to an audience include sharpening critical thinking and verbal/non-verbal communication skills.

How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

2. How Public Speaking Differs from Casual Conversation

Public speaking and casual conversation are similar in that they are done to inform, persuade or entertain an audience. They are different in that public speaking is more structured, is spoken in a formal language and has a formal delivery.

Public Speaking as a Communication Process

3. Public Speaking as a Communication Process

Public speaking is a process of communicating to a large group. It involves a sender, receiver and a message. The message is sent through various channels and generally results in feedback from the audience.

The Art of Persuasion in Public Speaking

4. The Art of Persuasion in Public Speaking

Persuasion is all around you. You are likely trying to persuade someone or they are persuading you all of the time. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of persuasion and the strategies you can use.

Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

5. Managing Anxiety About Public Speaking: Strategies & Tips

Speaking before a crowd can provoke anxiety even in the most seasoned speakers. There are several tips and strategies a public speaker can employ to reduce the level of stress associated with public speaking.

Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

6. Being an Ethical Speaker: Guidelines & Issues

Public speaking should reflect the character of the speaker and should be based on a foundation of trust, integrity, respect and dignity. The speaker should avoid behaviors like stereotyping, damaging messages and plagiarism.

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

7. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos: Importance in Public Speaking

Ethos, pathos, and logos are the foundation modes of persuasion, also known as appeals. In this lesson, you will learn about the different modes of persuasion and how to incorporate them into your speech.

Copyright and Fair Use: Implications for Public Speaking

8. Copyright and Fair Use: Implications for Public Speaking

Many people like to add images or quotes to help make their PowerPoint slides stronger. But what happens if the piece you want isn't yours? Watch this lesson for information on copyright issues for public speaking.

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