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Motivational and Public Speaking 101

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Course Description

Public and Motivational speaking is often a cause for anxiety for millions of people, and it need not be. With the proper preparation, knowledge, and mindset, you can become an extremely effective public speaker.

Public and motivational speakers are in very high demand in today's society, and they are a part of nearly everyone's daily life. Effective public speaking opens many opportunities for those willing to increase their ability in this important skill. 

In this course, you will learn how to deliver your message clearly to an audience. We will include advice from professionals on how to inform, entertain, and motivate an audience into action. This advice includes how to combat stage fright and banish it forever, what elements to include in an effective speech, how to research an audience before you arrive, how to develop your own style, how to organize a speech's structure, how and when to use visual aids, how to control and train your voice, and more. 

We will also cover other aspects of public speaking such as nonverbal communication, and how to best prepare yourself questions from an audience. Other topics include how to give your best delivery when problems arise and how to deal with foreign audiences. This comprehensive course will give you the self-confidence you need to be an excellent speaker. 

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1. Confronting Your Fears

    In scientific terms, it is called the "fight or flight syndrome," and we all know it well: the racing heartbeat, the sweaty palms, and the feeling of heightened anxiety.
  • Lesson 2. Characteristics of Effective Communication

    In this chapter, we will examine what traits are required for effective communication, but it will be helpful to first clearly define communication.
  • Lesson 3. Knowing Your Audience

    One of the most important and fundamental steps before delivering a speech is for a speaker to know the needs of their audience.
  • Lesson 4. Choosing the Topic and Structure of a Speech

    Even if you have been invited to give a speech and have been given some general guidelines on what to cover in your speech,it is entirely up to you to choose the theme and to keep focused on this theme throughout your entire speech.
  • Lesson 5. Persuasive and Motivational Speech Principles

    Effective motivational speakers are in extremely high demand. Companies need them to sell their products, and organizations need them to deliver their message to a sometimes hard-to-reach audience.
  • Lesson 6. Developing Your Style

    Every person is unique and, therefore, everyone has their own style of public speaking.
  • Lesson 7. Outlining and Organizing Your Speech

    In addition to ensuring that your main points are expressed, an outline will have a significant effect on decreasing your anxiety in giving a speech.
  • Lesson 8. Writing Your Speech. The Opener

    In this chapter, you will learn how to best introduce yourself that is appropriate for your audience, your topic, and your style.
  • Lesson 9. Writing Your Speech. The Body and Conclusion

    In this chapter, we will briefly discuss the writing process for drafting the body of your speech and its conclusion by using various literary and rhetorical methods.
  • Lesson 10. Speaking to Entertain an Audience

    Not all speeches need to inform or motivate an audience, but entertaining speeches, just like all other types of speeches, still need to follow some organizational structure.
  • Lesson 11. How and When to Use Visual Aids

    In this chapter, we will discuss how to effectively use visual aids and when it is necessary to use them.
  • Lesson 12. Controlling Your Voice

    In this chapter, we will discuss your voice's quality, articulation, rate, pitch, rhythm, clarity, and inflection.
  • Lesson 13. Rehearsing Your Speech

    One of the most important benefits of rehearsing a speech is the building of self-confidence.
  • Lesson 14. Body Language and International Customs

    In this chapter, we will discuss how to use nonverbal communication effectively.
  • Lesson 15. Making Your Best Delivery Even When Problems Arise

    In the last chapter, we discussed how to approach the stage and give the audience a moment to look at you before you begin speaking. Smile, take a deep breath, and let us begin.

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Course Title: Motivational and Public Speaking 101
Course Number: 7550402
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Motivational
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Confront your fears of public speaking.
  • Describe characteristics of effective communication.
  • Know your audience.
  • Choose the topic and structure of a speech.
  • Describe persuasive and motivational speech principles.
  • Develop your own style.
  • Outline and organize your speech.
  • Demonstrate writing your speech.
  • Speak to entertain an audience.
  • Summarize how and when to use visual aids.
  • Control your voice.
  • Rehearse your speech.
  • Recognize body language and international customs.
  • Summarize ways to make your best delivery even when problems arise, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment1
Lesson 1: Confronting Your FearsExam10
Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective CommunicationExam10
Lesson 3: Knowing Your AudienceExam10
Lesson 4: Choosing the Topic and Structure of a SpeechExam9
Lesson 5: Persuasive and Motivational Speech PrinciplesExam10
Lesson 6: Developing Your StyleExam10
Lesson 7: Outlining and Organizing Your SpeechExam9
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8: Writing Your Speech: The OpenerExam10
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9: Writing Your Speech: The Body and ConclusionExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10: Speaking to Entertain an AudienceExam10
Lesson 11: How and When to Use Visual AidsExam10
Lesson 12: Controlling Your VoiceExam9
Lesson 13: Rehearsing Your SpeechExam10
Lesson 14: Body Language and International CustomsExam10
Lesson 15: Making Your Best Delivery Even When Problems AriseExam10
The Final ExamExam44
Total Points:267

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