Public Speaking Essentials: How to Craft Your Personal Story

Teaching you to find your authentic voice and engage others through the power of your own stories.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2016 English

Course Description

Would you like to tell personal stories that impact and engage any audience?

How would you like to use your own PERSONAL STORIES to leave a lasting impression with any kind of group?

You don't have to be a TED Talks speaker to benefit from the practical, action-ready lessons in this course.

All you need is a willingness to develop your own personal stories.

I have been a classroom teacher for 13 years, and I've spoken to groups of 10's and groups of 1000's, and one thing that I've learned through all of my experience is:

Audiences connect better to personal stories.

Studies of the brain show that personal storytelling engages an audience significantly more than just communicating facts and statistics.

In this course, I will show you the SIMPLE ACTIONS you need to take to make your own personal stories more engaging, more intriguing, and more memorable.

In this course you will:

* Understand the dramatic affect that storytelling has on public speaking

* 5 things to consider before crafting your personal stories

* 5 steps to writing an engaging personal story

* How to use your stories in a speech

All in all, this course will give you the tools to develop great personal stories and the understanding of how to incorporate them into any speech.

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What are the requirements?

  • View these lectures with a journal or notepad so you can record and develop personal story ideas.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Discover how to engage and intrigue your audiences right from the beginning of any speech.
  • Develop powerful personal stories through action-ready lectures that will help you RIGHT NOW!
  • Discover time-saving techniques while writing a speech.
  • Develop effect techniques to recognize personal story opportunities
  • Understand what information you need to know before writing a speech.
  • Improve your VERY NEXT SPEECH with a course that is 25% theory and 75% ACTION.

Who is the target audience?

  • Public speakers, teachers, business men/women, or anyone who wants tell better stories will benefit from this well-structured and action-ready course.
  • This course is recommend for anyone who wants to engage the imagination of audiences both large and small.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

You will learn how this public speaking class is structured and hear a little bit about my speaking experience. 

Introduce Yourself

Learn how to succeed in this public speaking class. 

Section 2: Why Storytelling is Essential to Public Speaking
What Do I Mean by Storytelling?
Don't Worry! You're Already a Natural Storyteller
Section 3: Be in the ‘Know”—5 things to consider while crafting a personal story

Understanding these 5 areas will prepare you to master your next public speech. 


Learn how purpose affects the way your prepare a speech. 


Learn how constraints affects the way your prepare a speech. 


Learn how audience affects the way your prepare a speech. 


Learn how desire outcome affects the way your prepare a speech. 


Learn how knowing your story affects the way your prepare a speech. 

Section 4: 5 Steps to Writing an Engaging Personal Story

Start writing your own personal story by following these 5 steps of speech preparation. 


Put your speech writing abilities in to action! 


Put your speech writing abilities in to action! 


Put your speech writing abilities in to action! 


Put your speech writing abilities in to action! 


Put your speech writing abilities in to action! 

Section 5: Putting It All Together
How To Use These Stories in a Speech
5 Points to Remember for Personal Stories & Public Speaking
Bonus Lecture: Turn Your Knowledge into Skill
Thank You

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Instructor Biography

Josh Withrow, Creator of The Wise Imagination

I want to help people creatively tell their stories by giving them the tools to engage other people with captivating ideas. My 14 years of classroom teaching and my master's degree in English Literature give me the experience to make my classes both creative and informative. People don't need a degree to enjoy learning -- but sometimes a little guidance goes a long way.

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