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Mastering Public Speaking

You can become an effective public speaker! In this course, you will discover how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. You will also learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear.

You'll learn the secrets to presenting a speech, how to handle questions and manage conflict in meetings, and even how to shine in a job interview. You will get tips for training your voice and learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication effectively. By the time you finish this course, you'll have an entire set of skills you can use on the job, in social settings, and in any other situation where you need to communicate with ease and authority!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting February 12 | March 18
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Mastering Public Speaking

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Course Code: mps

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to become an effective public speaker through a comprehensive skillset
  • Discover the secrets to planning and executing speeches of any length and for any occasion
  • Learn how to use both verbal and nonverbal communication to your social and professional advantage
  • Learn how to control natural fears associated with public speaking and to apply your understanding of the communication process to any situation
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6-12 weeks to complete
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Conquer any fears you have about speaking for every social and professional occasion
  • Gain confidence in your ability to prepare for and deliver outstanding job interviews
  • Acquire the skills you need to communicate, inspire, or impress others in public speaking opportunities

Outline

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You Can Do It!

You'll jump right in with this first lesson, which begins by discussing the most basic and common barrier to successful public speaking: fear. You'll explore why fear is a natural response in some situations and then review several tactics for managing the symptoms of fear. The lesson will also share some practical tips for discovering your unique speaking voice and building your self-confidence. You'll soon discover that by trusting in yourself, your natural abilities, and the ideas you have to contribute, you'll be well on your way to becoming a confident speaker!

Understanding How Communication Works

People communicate with one another every day, all day long. How do people communicate? And why do some people communicate more effectively than others? That's exactly what this lesson will discuss. As a public speaker, it's important to understand the communication process and how it works. This is a process that happens again and again—and the better you understand it, the better prepared you are to speak effectively in public. In this lesson, you'll explore the basic components of communication, such as senders and receivers, verbal and nonverbal communication, and noise and feedback.

Taking the Fear out of Fear

Everyone has experienced fear at one time or another in a speaking situation. Whether you're speaking in front of a crowd or just a small group of friends or colleagues, fear is a common reaction. The good news is that there are skills you can develop to control your fear, and with a little understanding and practice, you can even harness your fear and use it to your advantage. In this lesson, you'll explore why public speaking fear happens, the common symptoms of fear, and how to control these symptoms.

Developing a Confident Voice

Your voice has a major impact on how well you communicate. Have you ever noticed your voice shaking or cracking when you speak? You're not alone! In this lesson, you'll learn how to develop a confident speaking voice for both formal and informal speaking situations. The first step is to understand a few basic concepts about voice and vocal delivery, and the second step is to practice. This lesson will discuss concepts such as pitch, volume, rate, and vocal quality, and you'll have plenty of opportunities to work on developing vocal confidence and effective vocal delivery.

Harnessing the Power of Nonverbal Communication

People tend to think of public speaking as a skill that only uses voices. Yet, studies show time and time again that most communication occurs nonverbally. Nonverbal communication has everything to do with a speaker's success. In this lesson, you'll learn how to harness the power of nonverbal communication so that you communicate effectively. You'll find out how to use eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, and even spatial communication to get across the meaning of your message.

Speaking Well in Social Settings

As you surely know by now, public speaking involves much more than just standing behind a podium and giving a speech. Everyone speaks daily in social settings, and even though this is an everyday occurrence, most people can still use some guidance when it comes to communicating effectively and delivering the messages they intend to deliver. Whether you could use practice speaking well in social settings such as dinner parties, children's birthday parties, or casual after-work happy hours, this lesson will give you the tools and practice you need to hone your social speaking skills!

Acing Interviews

Most people dread job interviews. These public speaking situations are known to be stressful. But as a public speaker in the making, you can put your skills to work to increase your confidence and ace that next interview. At its most basic level, an interview is really about answering questions effectively. And there are specific tactics you can use to ensure that you communicate well, enabling you to demonstrate who you are and why you're perfect for the position. In this lesson, you'll explore both the verbal and nonverbal communication that occurs during an interview, and you'll discover how to master both.

Impromptu Speaking

Do you ever find yourself blushing and stammering when you're called on to talk in a meeting? If so, you're not alone. Most people find this type of impromptu speaking nerve-wracking. With impromptu speaking, you don't have a chance to prepare your talk in advance, which means that you have to organize your thoughts on the spot—as you speak! But fear not. There are some simple tricks to impromptu speaking, and that's what you'll learn in this lesson. You'll also learn about a few things to avoid during an impromptu speech, as well as ways that you can support your fellow speakers.

Preparing and Delivering Short Talks

As a public speaker, one type of speech you'll give time and time again is the "short talk." A short talk is a short speech, often under ten minutes that you give at a meeting of some kind or even at special occasions. The short talk is often enough to terrorize the speaker, but in this lesson, you'll find out how to easily and quickly write, develop, and present a short talk. You'll see plenty of examples along the way that will make learning easy.

Managing Questions, Conversations, and Conflict

The odds are good that at some point in your life, you'll end up leading a committee or team meeting of some sort. If you've led a meeting before, you know how difficult it can sometimes be—especially when half the job is in managing the various personalities of the committee members. In this lesson, you'll focus on managing questions, conversations, and conflict in a typical meeting environment. You'll learn how to master these skills and how to make your next meeting a success!

Mastering the Long Speech

When people think of public speaking, they often imagine someone standing in front of an audience, delivering a "speech." And this notion of preparing and delivering a long speech is generally the most intimidating of all forms of public speaking. But fear not! The long speech appears more daunting and difficult than it really is. In this lesson, you'll see how simple it is to effectively prepare a long speech. This lesson will break down the process of outlining and developing the introduction, body, and conclusion of your next long speech.

Managing Equipment and Media

In a technologically advanced world, virtually every aspect of life is impacted with media and various forms of technology. Public speaking is no exception. As a public speaker, you may need to manage a number of different kinds of equipment and media during your speech. In the final lesson, you'll learn how to use technology to support your speech, and how to weave your media presentation seamlessly into your speech.

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Instructors & Support

Curt Simmons

Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling. 

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

 

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

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