The Public Speaking Blueprint
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The Public Speaking Blueprint

Public Speaking Mastery: The Ultimate Guide To Overcoming Stage Fright & Mastering The Art Of Public Speaking
4.5 (36 ratings)
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Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Overcome Stage Fright And Take The First Steps Towards Conquering Your Public Speaking Fears
  • Taking Massive Imperfect Action, Rather Than Procrastinating Your First Public Speech
  • Construct Your Speech Content So That It Flows And Your Listeners Get The Most Out Of It
  • Understand The Purpose Speech, Construct A Specific Message & Use Rhetoric Devices
  • Get To Know Your Audience In The Moments Leading Up To Your Speech
  • Master The Top Tricks To Engage Your Audience From The Beginning So That They Hang On Your Every Word
  • Express Yourself With Your Body By Mastering Your Stage Movement, Hand Gestures, Facial Expressions And Stage Presence
  • Become A Voice Master By Playing With Your Pitch, Pace, Pause, Speed, Expressiveness And Tongue Twisters
  • Design Jaw Dropping Visuals For Your Presentations
  • Master Storytelling So That You Engage Your Listeners & Keep Them Fascinated With Your Speech Throughout
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  • Not Much, Improvement Comes With Practice
  • They Have To Be Willing To Take Massive Imperfect Action

Have you ever had that situation when you have to deliver a speech, a talk in front of several other people and you start feeling anxious?

Even though you might know them all, your hands start getting sweaty, you're breathing much faster and you're inside your own mind thinking ... 

"What if I fail?" 

"What do they think about me?"

"What if they get bored?"

Well, guess what … Everyone is the same way. Believe it or not, even Bill Clinton had stage fright at some point. But for some people it's more natural to overcome that fear and push through. Others fight with it for a longer time. 

No more.

We are Dragos and Alex and together we have over 17,000 students on Udemy. Alex is the president of the Toastmasters Club we're both a part of & together we practice our passion for public speaking on a weekly basis.

In this course we put together everything we know about public speaking. It's designed to provide you with the exact blueprint to face your fears and master the art of public speaking. This will happen in 3 stages:

  • Stage 1: Overcome pubic speaking anxiety and learn exactly how to read your audience and engage them to the point where they become raving fans
  • Stage 2: Consciously embody the techniques to aid your speaking such as body language, vocal variety and good use of visuals
  • Stage 3: Take it a step further by crafting enticing stories that makes your audience jump on your every word 

There is a 30 day money-back guarantee with this course and a number of free preview videos. If you want to overcome your fears and be that person that captivates people on stage, then take this course now and join us in the virtual classroom!

Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs Who Want To Pitch Investors
  • Corporate Managers Who Are In Need Of More Powerful Presentations
  • Students That Want To Improve Their Public Speaking Abilities
  • Not Suited For Experienced Public Speakers, Even Though They Might Learn A Few Helpful Tricks
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Curriculum For This Course
43 Lectures
The Introduction
1 Lecture 04:32
Beating Stage Fright
9 Lectures 22:02

Stage fright is a common fear when it comes to Public Speaking. Let's dive into this and unlock what holds us back when we speak.


We all have our history of failures when it comes to Public Speaking. They tend to haunt us even several years later. Alex will share with you his stories of facing his fear of speaking in front of an audience.

Preview 03:42

What is it about public speaking that is so scary? Is it the act of communication or the fact that we are vulnerable in front of a large group of people? This lecture will help us understand better the main reason behind stage fright.

Why Do We Fear Public Speaking?

Let's step back and properly analyze what public speaking actually is. What is it that makes us fear it so much? Maybe beyond the risks involved there are also a lot of opportunities we can take advantage of. How about we learn to turn risk into opportunity?

Analyzing Public Speaking

In this lecture, you will discover the 6 underlying fears behind public speaking. With the help of a 6-step process, you will better understand what causes your anxiety. This is the first step in embracing it ans using it in your advantage.

What is Your Main Fear Regarding Public Speaking?

This quote from Daniell LaPorte is vital for your development as a Public Speaker. Perfection can be a dangerous goal and it can stall your learning process. Becoming a master in public speaking is a process, not a destination in itself.

Don't Let Perfection Become Procrastination

Your PowerPoint presentation crashes, a phone rings in the room, someone enters the room and interrupts you. What are you going to do now? How about you use these moments in your advantage during your speech?

Play The Ball Where It Lands

Sure, from time to time, things will not go according to plan. This fear of the unknown can be a show stopper for many speakers. Instead of freaking out when something unexpected happens, how about we learn to embrace it and build upon it? This is where the "Yes, And" principle comes into play.

The "Yes And" Principle

Time to take an important action step! Since we talked a lot about stage fright and failure at public speaking, please share with us your most difficult public speaking experience in the Q&A section.

Action time!
Know Your Audience
8 Lectures 21:19

It's time to stop thinking too much about us when we are on stage and focus on the most important people in the room - the audience.


Let's look into the main mistakes public speakers make when it comes to knowing their audience and properly preparing for a speech.

Public Speaking Mistakes When It Comes to Knowing Your Audience

Delivering a public speech or a presentation in front of your colleagues can prove to be a challenge. Alex will share his experience of delivering an election speech, what he has learned from this experience and how you can also prepare for an internal company presentation.

Preview 04:32

In this lecture, you will learn how to prepare for a speech or a training at a company. Alex will share his experience in this regard and you will find useful strategies in this sense.

Preparing for a Speech at a Company

Being invited as a speaker for a business event can be a great honour and a great challenge at the same time. Here you will learn how to approach a similar scenario and stand out from all the other speakers of the event.

Speaking at a Business Event

Let's say you are invited to speak at a company after a great business event speech. Let's revise once again how you can prepare better for this scenario and deliver a great presentation,

Speaking at a Different Company or Organization 2.0

Here is a tough one - how would you prepare for a speech delivered to a group of people from a different profession? Well, let's not stress too much about it because solutions exist. Let's unpack a few simple strategies to know your audience, even if they are completely unknown to you at first.

Speaking In Front Of People From a Different Profession

Learning with action is just superficial. Invest time in accomplishing the action item for this section. It may sound difficult at first, but trust us when we say that the effort you invest is rewarded tenfold.

Action time!
The Content Of Your Speech
6 Lectures 24:54

In this section we will dive into the complex art of crafting your speech content. Dragos will be your guide. Enjoy the ride!


Structuring a speech might seem simple, but it's something that most public speakers overlook. In this lecture, Dragos will walk you through several methods of structuring a speech.

How to Structure Your Speech

In this lecture, Dragos will teach you about the 4 main purposes behind a speech and will help you clearly identify the reason or objective of your speech.

What Is The Purpose of Your Speech?

When giving a speech, some public speakers tend to get too excited and talk about so many things at once. Although it's well intentioned, crowding up the speech with several messages makes it harder to remember. In this lecture, Dragos will help you identify and properly communicate the specific message of your speech.

The Specific Message of Your Speech

Meet the ancient art of rhetoric and the devices great speakers use in order to make their message more persuasive and easier to remember.

Rhetorical Devices

Time to put into action what we have learned during this section. Take some time to fulfill this task so that you will efficiently integrate these learning in your public speaking practice.

Action Time!
Engage Your Audience
3 Lectures 13:33

There are so many ways in which you can fail at engaging your audience. Stand out from most public speakers by avoiding this simple and sometimes very dumb mistakes.

Mistakes in Engaging Your Audience

The way we open a speech can dramatically influence it's success overall. In this lecture, Alex will teach you how to open a speech and grab the audience's attention. 

4 Killer Openings

Questions are a simple and powerful tool to engage your audience and involve them in your speech. Use these useful techniques in order to keep your audience thinking and interested in what you have to say.

Asking Engaging Questions
Your Body Language
7 Lectures 23:18

Welcome to the Body Language section. Dragos and Alex will guide you and give you a better understanding of how body language can positively influence your message.


You probably have witnessed speakers that gave you a bad vibe because of their body language. In this section, Alex will share with you the most common mistakes when it comes to your body language during a speech or presentation.

Bad Body Language

Although they can't speak, your hands can communicate a great deal. In this lecture you will learn how to use your hands during your speech or presentation. They can be an effective channel of communication, so use them wisely.

Speaking With Your Hands

Whenever you're speaking in public, the stage is your area - use it to its full potential! Learn how to efficiently occupy the stage and move effectively on stage.

Stage Dynamics

Your presence on stage will frame the way the audience will perceive you. In order to send out the right message, come back to this lecture before delivering your next speech.

Stage Presence

Your facial expression is yet another way to communicate with your audience and display emotion. Especially when telling a story, your facial expression is key.

Facial Expressions and The Message Of Your Speech

Implement what we have learned in this section by taking the following action point. It's an important step for improving your body language and you will reap the benefits sooner than you might expect.

Action Time!
The Power of Your Voice
7 Lectures 20:50

Your voice can start a war or it can heal a broken heart. We invite you to use your voice for a good cause and entertain your audience.


In the beginning of their careers, most public speakers ignore the impact of their voice on the audience. Let's see if you are also making the following vocal variety mistakes.

Preview 04:19

Learning to pause is extremely powerful in public speaking. Here you will learn to use pauses in order to emphasize your main points, breathe and punctuate.

The Use of Pause

Speak too fast and you might engage the audience, but they might not remember what you're talking about. Speak too slow and you won't get their attention. Variety is key once again. 

The Speed of Your Voice

Your words need to have emotional content. It's often times not what you say, but how you say it. Dragos will display the very subtle impact your voice can have on your message.


Tongue twisters are a great tool to avoid stumbling on your own words or sounding incoherent. Use these exercises to warm-up before an important speech or presentation.

Tongue Twisters for Verbal Dexterity

Once again, we end our section by putting knowledge into action. As we said, the more you invest in this course, the more you will take out of it.

Action Time!
The Art of Storytelling
2 Lectures 06:51

Welcome to the ancient Art of Storytelling! Alex will introduce you to the power and influence of stories. Trust us when we say that storytelling is by far the most underrated business skill.

Preview 02:31

Conflict is what drives every good story. In this lecture, Alex will teach you about the main conflicts behind every good story. 

Using Conflict in Storytelling
About the Instructor
Dragos Stefanescu
4.3 Average rating
1,065 Reviews
20,550 Students
15 Courses
Founder at |15 Udemy Courses & 15,000+ Students

About Me

I'm an Internet Entrepreneur with a background in both the Management Consulting & Telecommunications industries. The skills that I have acquired during those stints and in previous years in general have unleashed my passion to teach.

I have a wide array of skills that I share with you via my courses

(1) Social Media

One of my true passions, I have invested a lot of time building a presence online. Highlights include:

  • Creating a connection base of 100+ people in a large Management Consulting firm within weeks of starting the job.
  • Met with a handful of Managing Directors & Senior Managers after approaching them on Social Media
  • Trained Partners on how to effectively make use of LinkedIn & Twitter to network and generate leads
  • Conducted Workshops with Project Teams and Small Enterprises on the use of Twitter and LinkedIn
  • (2) Resume/CV & Interviewing

With 30+ Job applications, I have gained a deep understanding of the recruiting process

  • I have never failed to get an interview (phone or face-to-face) after submitting my Resume
  • Participated in over 20 Job Interviews & Assessment Centres
  • Worked for a leading Management Consulting firm in a highly competitive market
  • (3) Productivity
  • Heavy user of Microsoft Excel & PowerPoint. I completely rebuilt the spreadsheets inherited from one of my teams, reducing the monthly updating time by over half the time (a few business days)
  • Co-produced reports that were ultimately held by members of the Board of Directors in one of the Multinationals I worked in (using Excel & PowerPoint)
  • General productivity freak, I love technology and always look for ways to make it work for me

How I got here…

Until recently I never really envisioned myself starting my own business. In fact, it was quite the opposite - my dream was to work for a large Multinational/ Consulting company and enjoy the riches of the Corporate life…

I soon found myself in what I thought would be my "dream job" only to do work that wasn't at all fulfilling, spending hours every day commuting and paying enormous rent (almost half of my salary) in one of the largest cities in the world. I felt stuck, limited and didn't think much of my future prospects.

I look back now and find it funny how at our lowest points we make life-changing decisions. Since a few members of our Mastermind Group had launched online businesses, I decided I would give it a try. I made up my mind that whatever happened, I absolutely HAD to launch an online product before my birthday.

Within two months, I launched my first Udemy course.

One month later I decided to quit my job (to the utter amazement of my colleagues, managers, friends & family - they probably thought I was crazy) and never looked back since.

My Goal

What I aim for is simple: I want to get you real results in the fastest possible time. Whether it's improving your presence on Social Media, getting your dream job, improving your productivity or self-development, I want you to walk away from my courses with a sense of achievement.

The courses I create are structured in a step-by-step manner so that you can implement them straight away. They do require your effort & commitment, but if you do that I'm extremely confident you can get to the next level.

Ultimately, receiving a message from a satisfied student detailing how I've helped him or her is immensely gratifying, more so than any number of sales.

Get in touch!

If you're one of my students and you want to ask me a question, or you're just reading this now and think we might have something in common then post a discussion item on one of my courses - I'll be more than happy to answer & get to know you better!

Alex Glod
4.5 Average rating
246 Reviews
5,602 Students
4 Courses
Storyteller, Trainer & TEDx Speaker

Alex Glod is a Storyteller, Trainer and TEDx Speaker at TEDx University of Piraeus 2015 and TEDx Bacău 2015.

In the past 6 years, he has trained over 1500 people in Public Speaking, Storytelling and Leadership in countries from both Europe and Asia and has taught over 5000 students on Udemy. Alex advocates for a human approach in Marketing, Leadership and Education and teaches leaders, entrepreneurs and educators to use personal stories to connect authentically with their audiences.

"Every business has lots of stories to share and discover: its own history of challenges and achievements, the stories of its employees, as well as the stories of its customers. Building on these stories fosters a healthy company culture and earns the trust and respect of its customers. Very much looking forward to meet you and to unravel these stories together."

Richard Korbut
4.2 Average rating
755 Reviews
16,053 Students
12 Courses
Udemy Producer - Filming, Editing & Creative Direction

Richard Korbut owns a professional film & media company with a mission to transform the field of education through interactive learning based on engagement, step-by-step instruction and actionable material.

We work with passionate individuals seeking to add value to the world by:

  1. Creative Direction - Transforming boring content into captivating education
  2. Filming - Documenting the content in an engaging way
  3. Production - Top quality post-production to add pizazz to each course
  4. Marketing - Ensuring that the word is spread to the public & changes the lives of each and every student

We also serve clients ranging from filming & producing weddings & festivals to directing multi-location exotic documentaries.