About this course
In this step by step approach to public speaking we show you how you can master the public speaking basics. Because there really are only 5 building blocks for effective public speaking. And they are incredibly simple, yet we all struggle with them. That's probably because someone hasn't explained how the simple things all add up to effective public speaking.
So, that's our job in this course. Master the simple things and become better at the impressive things.
You have seven different interactive lessons in the course. These are:
Additionally you also have the means to test yourself as you progress through the learning materials.
We've all heard speeches filled with ums and ers. No matter whether it's a speech at a conference, a seminar or a workshop, those ums and ers are everywhere. But the thing is, you don't need to use them.
In this lesson we look at the very simple reason why we use the um and the er to punctuate our speech. And then, of course, we look at how you can eliminate them. Because you'll always sound better when you do just that.
The pause is an essential part of public speaking. But it's often overlooked. So, in this lesson we aim to put that right. First we look at the non-existent role played by the pause in conversation. And then we consider how this is a problem for us, as we aim to be effective public speakers.
When you speak with tone and emphasis you add layers of quality to your conversation. And, not surprisingly, you achieve the same with a speech. So, in this lesson we look to use stress and tone in our spoken word as a matter of course. And, importantly we don't adopt a boring monotone speaking voice just because it's a management seminar speech.
Surprisingly the same rule that applies for conversation also applies for your public speaking. So, aim to keep all the simple words and simple sentences. Avoid abbreviations or acronyms and remember to steer well clear of jargon.
We don't tend to repeat words or phrases when we're having a conversation. And if we did then we can guarantee that our co-conversationalist will tell us. However, this conversation rule doesn't apply with public speaking. Yes, in a speech you really can, and should repeat the most important bits.
In this lesson we look at how the 5 building blocks work together and, importantly, why they help you to actually communicate with your audience. And, once again, there's a very simple explanation.
Your audience has got a problem. In fact they've got lots of problems and lots of distractions. However, it's your job as a public speaker to cut through these problems and really engage with your audience. Fortunately all these building blocks for successful public speaking are going to help.
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