According to a survey by the Sunday Times of London, 41% of people list public speaking as their biggest fear. Forget small spaces, darkness, and spiders, standing up in front of a crowd and talking is far more terrifying for most people. Through this course you will become more confident and relaxed in front of an audience which will translate into a successful speaking event.
However, mastering this fear and getting comfortable speaking in public can be a great ego booster, not to mention a huge benefit to your career. The Public Speaking course will give participants some basic public speaking skills, including in-depth information on developing an engaging program and delivering their presentation with power.
Video teaching note on Public Speaking by Leaders Excellence:
Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning that the learning occurs more easily and rapidly. With that in mind, let’s review our goals for this course.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
This course on Public Speaking are completed via our easy-to-use, cloud-based learning management system. It consist of an introductory video, 12 online modules, an eBook and quick reference sheet. You can complete the course successfully without using the eBooks or quick reference sheets. If you decide to read the eBook, you should expect to use more than the designated time for the course. You can log in to the learning management system from anywhere, making learning self-directed and available 24/7 using any computer or smartphone. The Public Speaking course is part of the Executive Mini-MBA online from Harvard Square.
English doesn’t have to be your first language in order to complete the course on Public Speaking. However, you must understand English in order to complete the coursework. If English is not your first language, you should expect to take more than the designated time to complete this course.
Think about the most effective presentation or speech you have ever heard.
What made it work so well?
How did the speaker capture and hold the attention of the audience?
Why did you form such a positive impression of the speaker?
The key to effective public speaking is preparation. The better you prepare, the more confident you will feel.
Preparation begins with identifying your audience. What do you know about your audience? What do they care about? What’s important to them? Do they have any misconceptions about your topic? These are the kinds of questions you should ask as part of your preparation. Sitting down and listing the questions, and your answers to them, will give you a basic structure for your speech, around which you can add things and take them away as you see fit.
Holding the attention of an audience and speaking to what interests them is the most important thing about any public speech. It is not merely about what you say, but also how you say it. If you have a message you wish to get across, then think of how that message will communicate itself best to the audience you are speaking to.