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Make your speech more impactful

Ten tips (and a bonus tip) for making your speech have the impact it deserves on your audience!
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Created by Wang Yip
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the components of a great speech
Understand how to apply what they have learned to their future speeches, presentations and other speaking engagements
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  • No materials or software is needed except for an ounce of courage to get up in front of others to speak.

Make your speech more impactful is based on the book of the same name written by Wang. In this course, Wang talks about the ten things that all speakers need to consider before their next speech, whether it is a presentation in front of clients or a motivational speech for little kids before their soccer final.

This course is predominantly delivered through video with a number of handy checklists that can help everyone do a quick review of their speech to understand whether it is making the impact it deserves. All in all, the course is about an hour long and each lecture is broken down into an explanation and an example, with a checklist that you can download for future use.

Have you ever marvelled at a professional speaker and wondered how they do it? Do you have a speech or work presentation that you need to prepare for? This course will teach you the ten key fundamental things that you need to make your speech more impactful and once you are registered, you will have lifetime access. As always, this and all my other courses comes with a 30 day money back guarantee - if you are not happy, I will refund all of your money. Leave a rating and a review and get a free e-book version of my book: Make Your Speech More Impactful.


Who is the target audience?
  • This public speaking course is meant for those that want to improve their speaking skills. This course can be used by those without prior speaking experience but those that have done some speaking will get the most out of the tips.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 26 Lectures Collapse All 26 Lectures 01:02:01
2 Lectures 04:41

In this video, I introduce myself, why I'm qualified to teach the course and the structure of the course.

Introduction and structure

In this video, I'll provide an overview of the course including the ten tips (and the bonus tip) for making your speech more impactful.

Preview 03:13
Craft an introduction for yourself that gets the audience interested
2 Lectures 02:08

Why craft an introduction for yourself? Why not just let someone else create the introduction for you?

In this lecture, I explain the importance of crafting an introduction for yourself, the three key elements of an effective speaker introduction and why each element is crucial for your introduction.

Preview 02:08

The next time you are preparing a speaker introduction for yourself, download and review this handy checklist to make sure your speaker introduction is impactful.

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Use your speech title in your speech to create a unified message
2 Lectures 01:28

Many speakers, when coming up with a speech title for their speech, do not use it as an opportunity to market or unify it with their speech. This lecture discusses the impact that it can have on your audience if you use your speech title as a part of your speech.


This downloadable checklist is for you to review and understand the key components of crafting a speech title.

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Determine the purpose of your speech and make sure your speech fits the purpose
2 Lectures 03:55

Why is it so important to determine the purpose of your speech? How does knowing your speech's purpose help you create and organize a speech? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lecture.


Before you start creating your next speech, use this handy downloadable checklist to understand why determining your speech's purpose will make it easier for you to create a speech that is impactful.

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Memorize your speech
3 Lectures 05:07

I see great speakers use notes all the time - why do *I* have to memorize my speech? Sure, you can deliver a great speech with notes but then there are situations where you will not have access to your notes (think about the TED talks - how many of those speakers have notes or a lectern in front of them?). Learn about how memorizing your speech can make your speech more impactful in this lecture.

Preview 01:56

How do you go about memorizing speeches (especially long speeches) and avoiding that dreaded long silence when you forget what to say next? Although I started off memorizing speeches word for word, this was definitely not the best way to memorize speeches. Learn about the new technique that I now use to memorize my speeches.

Preview 03:11

Are you looking for an easy way to memorize your speech? Well, there isn't one, but you can make it slightly easier by using this checklist to identify some of the key things that speakers do to memorize their speeches.

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Use 'precise' language
2 Lectures 04:51

Why can't I use sophisticated language in my speech? Won't I sound smarter if I use big words that few people know? The language, vocabulary and diction that you use in your speech will have a tremendous impact on the audience - this lecture will outline how your language and your speech will have an impact on the audience.


After you write your speech, use this handy checklist to make sure that your speech is using precise language and has the impact that it should have on the audience.

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Use pauses effectively
2 Lectures 03:54

Why are pauses crucial to a great speech? When you pause, what does it mean? Find out in this lecture.


After you write your speech and before you deliver it, use this checklist to understand how you can use pauses to make your speech more impactful.

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Understand transitions
2 Lectures 01:39

What are transitions? Why should I be using transitions in my speech? In this lecture, you will learn about what transitions are, how to use them and why you should be using them to make your speech more impactful.


As you write your speech, use this checklist to add and improve your transitions in your speech.

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Use body language
3 Lectures 07:29

Your voice isn't the only thing an audience perceives from a speaker - body language can have a positive impact on your speech. Learn about the impact that body language has on your speaking in this lecture.


This lecture tells you about the different ways that you can use body language - be imaginative and experiment with the different ways you can use your body to make your speech more impactful.


As you prepare and even before you deliver a speech, use this checklist to understand a few ways you can add body language to your speech to make it more impactful.

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Using your thesis statement effectively
2 Lectures 04:17

What is a thesis statement? Why do I need to repeat it during my speech? How can you use your thesis statement to make your speech more impactful? Learn about it in this lecture.

Explanation and examples

Once you have written your speech, use this checklist to make sure that you are using your thesis statement to make your speech more impactful.

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About the Instructor
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Hi there, my name's Wang and I currently work as a consultant in Edmonton, AB. Back in 2007, I joined Toastmasters and I believe this has changed the trajectories of both my personal and professional lives since. I have been a Toastmaster for 5+ years (with small breaks in between) and have been working in a professional capacity for 6+ years.

Whether it is speaking engagements with friends (e.g., wedding MC), speech contests (multiple speech contest winner at club and area level in Toastmasters), professional presentations (numerous work presentations) or even Pecha Kucha, I have successfully delivered many speeches in my time. I know how to create good speeches (having created over 50 original speeches); I know how to deliver good speeches and I know how to evaluate and critique speeches - all of this experience means that I can help provide you with the tips and tricks to succeed in your next speech.

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