Learn Public Speaking in 21 Easy Steps
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Learn Public Speaking in 21 Easy Steps

Conquer your fears of public speaking by learning how to prepare and deliver a speech
4.2 (5 ratings)
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • overcome the fear of public speaking
  • gain confidence in themselves
  • develop a speech competently, for short or long speeches
  • deliver a blockbuster performance
  • make your audience want more and more
  • become more competent and confident public speakers
  • prepare and perform engaging presentations
  • engage their audiences in an effective manner
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  • You should have a reason to speak. Whether you have an upcoming speech, or starting a job where you will deliver more presentations
  • A student should have a desire to overcome their nerves and deliver impactful material to help their audiences.

Are you looking to become a more confident and competent speaker? Then you have come to the right place! This course is designed for those who are looking to take their speaking skills to the next level. Whether you have no experience, or you have been speaking for years, this course will help you master the fundamentals and introduce you to new concepts you may never have heard before. 

The course seeks to help you accomplish three main goals: 1) eliminate your fear of public speaking, 2) learn the components of a speech and how to properly organize one, and 3) master actual speaking techniques to help you deliver a blockbuster presentation.

Whether you speak or give presentations frequently, or you are preparing for a certain speech coming up, this will be sure to help you. All that is needed is time, patience, and a willingness to learn. This content can be devoured on your first go, though I suggest you take it slowly to take notes to really understand and digest the material.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed with people who have limited or no experience in public speaking and/or those with experience looking to learn new skills for a well rounded approach to developing and delivering a speech. This course is probably not for you if you are looking to learn more advanced speaking techniques.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
1 Lecture 03:11

This is a brief overview of the course and discusses lessons you can expect to learn.

Preview 03:11
Gain Confidence & Overcome Nerves
8 Lectures 40:58

In order to become a CONFIDENT public speaker, you must have your mind in the right place. In this lecture we discuss how to reframe your mind for success and confidence. Overcome your nerves and deliver more powerful speeches with this skill!

1. Reframe Your Mind

Often times we are scared to give a speech because we are afraid we might make mistakes or appear silly in front of an audience. The truth is, everyone makes mistakes, even the pros. This lecture will help you get out of that perfectionism and change the F word in your mind, from Failure to Feedback .

Preview 04:45

One of the best ways to gain confidence while speaking is to know more than you have to know. We break down in this lecture exactly how to research your speech and how much information you should be getting.

3. Research your Speech

Should you practice the night before? Should you practice weeks before? Should you even practice at all? Do you read your speech or do you improv your speech? Find out exactly why, when, and how to practice your next speech!

4. Why and How to Practice a Speech

You will be most nervous during the first 30 seconds of your speech. And guess what? So is everyone who performs! Most likely your nerves will subside after that first 30 second shock. What you do in that time can set your whole speech up for success.

Preview 02:35

There are certain breathing techniques you can use before your speech to reduce your nerves. Check them out in this lecture.

6. Breathing Techniques to reduce nerves

It is not just in the way you speak, it is also in the way you stand. Yes, you can gain confidence depending on your posture and poses. Find out some simple techniques that will help you in this lecture.

7. Power Poses for confidence

There is a big controversy on this topic. I will give away a secret now: It is not bad to use notes! The only thing you have to be mindful of is how you use them.

8. Should you use notes?
Prepare & Organize a Speech
7 Lectures 37:52

This section dives into the topic of organizing a speech. Before you ever prepare a speech though, you need to know exactly why you are speaking. Do not save this important part until you come up with the conclusion. Decide this before you ever put the pen to paper.

Preview 04:10

Every speech, no matter the length, should always have more or less the same structure. And, surprise, it is more than what you think it is!

10. Basic Organization & Speech Structure

In order to grab your audience's attention, you must start your speech off strong and deliver a powerful introduction. This lecture discusses the three best ways you can start a speech and make sure your audience pays attention to you.

11. Introduction

You gain your audience's attention with your introduction. The next trick is KEEPING their attention throughout your entire speech. Learn powerful strategies to develop the body of your speech to keep your audience's attention.

12. Body

Transitions are the magical little connections you probably never noticed exist that help you go from point to point and have a more smooth flow to your speech. 

Preview 02:56

You've captured your audience's attention with your introduction. You have kept it with your body, which was smooth because of your transitions. Now how do you end your speech and have your audience remember you long after you stop speaking? This lecture answers that question.

14. Conclusion

Your speech begins before you even think it does. Learn how to control your image even before you go on stage.

15. Emcee Introduction
Speaking Techniques
6 Lectures 30:57

Don't distract your audience with these most common errors. You want your audience to focus on you and your message, not your mistakes! Learn what to watch out for in this lecture.

16. What you Say (word choice)

The most boring speakers are one toned, one leveled monotonous speakers. Learn techniques to enhance your vocal variety to better engage your audience.

17. How you Say it (vocal variety)

If you want to create an impactful speech, you must learn the art of "The Pause." Yes, you must learn to enhance your speaking by NOT speaking. It sounds easy but when you are on stage, a one second pause seems like an eternity. Watch this lecture to help you deliver a more powerful speech and leave your audience remember your most important points.

18. The Pause

The majority of your communication is nonverbal. In fact, your body is speaking way louder than you! Learn how to be in control of the message your body language is sending out to your audience.

19. Your body is speaking louder than you (body language)

Anchoring is a technique that helps you speak to your audience's subconscious and allows them to follow you more easily and smoothly. This is probably the most advanced material we will cover in this course.

20. Anchoring

This sounds like an easy topic, but in practice it is a lot harder than it seems. Learn these techniques to help you better connect to your audience.

21. The eyes have it (eye contact)
1 Lecture 01:11

Congratulations! You made it to the final lecture. I have just a few final words to leave you with :-)

Final Thoughts & Words
About the Instructor
Micheal A. Peggins
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31 Students
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Award Winning Advanced Speaker


My name is Micheal and I am passionate about public speaking. Surely you have come to this website to enhance your speaking skills, but why should you choose me as your instructor? 

To begin with, I have learned my skills by practice. There was a point when I was nervous and stumbled through my speeches. In fact, I even blanked half way through a speech and had to sit down in embarrassment before I finished. 

Today I am a professional, polished speaker with the awards and designations to back me up. Personally, I have spent many years speaking, and have delivered numerous speeches. I have now learned what it takes to deliver a killer speaking performance.

When you don't find me on stage, you can find me off stage mentoring other speakers. From novices to pros, I have worked with everyone and helped them enhance their own skills.

I have taken my years of experience and condensed them into what I believe is a course that will allow you to master public speaking.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and let's get started on your success!