Public Speaking-This course helps to examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech.

This course helps to examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech.

Public Speaking

This course helps to examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech.

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The purpose of this course is to systematically examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech.  The textbook and associated lectures present an element-by-element examination of the essentials of public speaking while also identifying traits of the individual speaker and how they impact preparation and presentation.  In addition to these resources, a comprehensive series of brief videos demonstrate specific, performance-oriented aspects of public speaking.  Tying each of these course elements together are the themes of information and ethics, emphasized in each resource because they are becoming increasingly important to all communicators.  For example, the textbook constantly returns to the discussion of society's ever-increasing access to information and the demands on the individual to use it effectively and ethically.  

The authors note that "the New York Times has more information in one week than individuals in the 1800s would encounter in a lifetime," which illustrates the challenges speakers face beyond the ready-made burden of coping with the inevitable anxieties of speaking to the public.  In spite of that environment, ethical communication means not only accepting responsibility for the information one presents, but also speaking up when others abuse their information platforms.

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What you will learn

    • Why Public Speaking Matters Today    
    • Speaking Confidently
    • The Importance of Listening
    • Audience Analysis
    • Finding a Purpose and Selecting a Topic
    • Researching Your Speech
    • Supporting Ideas and Building Arguments
    • The Body of a Speech
    • Introductions and Conclusions
    • Outlining
    • The Importance of Language
    • Delivering the Speech
    • Presentation Aids: Design and Usage
    • Speaking to Inform and Entertain
    • Persuasive Speaking

Course Fee: Free

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Why Public Speaking Matters Today, Speaking Confidently, The Importance of Listening

Why Is Public Speaking Important?, The Process of Public Speaking, Public Speaking and Ethics, Communication Apprehension, Sources of Communication Apprehension, Reducing Communication Apprehension, Coping With The Unexpected, Listening vs. Hearing, Listening Styles, Why Listening is Difficult, Listening as a Process: Stages of Listening, Listening Critically

Audience Analysis, Finding a Purpose and Selecting a Topic, Researching Your Speech

Why Conduct an Audience Analysis?, Three Types of Audience Analysis, Conducting Audience Analysis, Using Your Audience Analysis, General Purposes of Speaking: To Inform, To Persuade, To Entertain, Selecting a Topic, What If You Draw a Blank?, Specific Purposes, What is Research?, Developing a Research Strategy, Citing Sources

Supporting Ideas and Building Arguments, The Body of a Speech, Introductions and Conclusions

Using Research as Support, Types of Support, Using Support and Creating Arguments, Determining Your Main Ideas, Using Common Organizing Patterns, Keeping Your Speech Moving, Analyzing a Speech Body, Functions of the Introduction, The Attention-Getter: The First Step of an Introduction, Putting It Together: Steps to Complete Your Introduction, Analyzing an Introduction, Functions of a Conclusion, Steps In Developing a Conclusion, Analyzing a Conclusion

Outlining, The Importance of Language, Delivering the Speech

The Benefits of Outlining, Types of Outlines, Using Outlining for Success, Oral vs. Written Language, Using Language Effectively, Six Elements of Language, Delivering the Speech, Speaking Contexts That Affect Delivery, Using Notes Effectively, Practicing For Successful Speech Delivery

Presentation Aids: Design and Usage, Speaking to Inform and Entertain, Persuasive Speaking

Presentation Aids: Design and Usage, Selecting Presentation Aids, Media to Use for Presentations, Traits of Well-Designed Presentation Aids, Informative Speaking, Speaking to Entertain, Persuasive SpeakingTypes of Persuasive Speeches, Persuasive Organizational Patterns

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