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Course Syllabus: 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. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Outline

 

Lesson 1: Confronting Your Fears

Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective Communication

Lesson 3: Knowing Your Audience

Lesson 4: Choosing the Topic and Structure of a Speech

Lesson 5: Persuasive and Motivational Speech Principles

Lesson 6: Developing Your Style

Lesson 7: Outlining and Organizing Your Speech

Lesson 8: Writing Your Speech: The Opener

Lesson 9: Writing Your Speech: The Body and Conclusion

Lesson 10: Speaking to Entertain an Audience

Lesson 11: How and When to Use Visual Aids

Lesson 12: Controlling Your Voice

Lesson 13: Rehearsing Your Speech

Lesson 14: Body Language and International Customs

Lesson 15: Making Your Best Delivery Even When Problems Arise

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.

A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.
  • Know how and when to use visual aids.
  • Control your voice.
  • Rehearse your speech.
  • Recognize body language and international customs.
  • Know ways to make your best delivery even when problems arise, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Lesson 1: Confronting Your Fears9
Lesson 2: Characteristics of Effective Communication10
Lesson 3: Knowing Your Audience10
Lesson 4: Choosing the Topic and Structure of a Speech9
Lesson 5: Persuasive and Motivational Speech Principles8
Lesson 6: Developing Your Style8
Lesson 7: Outlining and Organizing Your Speech9
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8: Writing Your Speech: The Opener10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: Writing Your Speech: The Body and Conclusion10
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10: Speaking to Entertain an Audience10
Lesson 11: How and When to Use Visual Aids10
Lesson 12: Controlling Your Voice9
Lesson 13: Rehearsing Your Speech10
Lesson 14: Body Language and International Customs10
Lesson 15: Making Your Best Delivery Even When Problems Arise10
The Final Exam44
Total Points:262
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