The Speaker's Blueprint: How to Captivate Your Audience

The ultimate guide to help you create and deliver speeches that captivate your audience and motivate them to action.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Jerry Seinfeld once said, “According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two…This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy." But the fact is, many of us are called at one time or another to step courageously in front of a group of people and communicate a message that captivates.

What if you could harness the fear of public speaking and use it as a friend and not a foe? What if you could design a speech that challenges and inspires listeners? What if you could ignite your creativity in such a way that stories and illustrations flow out of you naturally? What if you could put aside your manuscript and notes and speak directly to the audience from your heart?

The Speaker's Blueprint is a five session course that will give you a foundation upon which you can build any speech. You will learn how to prepare your mind and body, how to grab people's attention, how to harness fear and anxiety, how to design a sermon, and how to tell stories that engage listeners.

In order for you to get the most out of this course you need:

  • An open mind and willingness to learn. Some of the exercises I teach are from my years in improv theater. These exercises will deepen your learning and stimulate your creativity
  • Engagement with the action guide. Download the action guide attached to the first lecture for notes and inspiration.

Bottom line: The Speaker's Blueprint will teach you how to captivate your audience. I look forward to connecting with you through the course.

What are the requirements?

  • An open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Engagement with the action guide provided in the course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Move through the fear of public speaking
  • Create connections with the audience
  • Grab people's attention in the first few moments
  • Tell stories effectively
  • Prepare the mind, body, and voice for the speech
  • Design speeches that challenge, inspire, and engage the audience

Who is the target audience?

  • This speaking course is meant for public speakers looking for a more effective way to design a speech, connect with the audience, and have fun doing it. No prior improvisation knowledge or experience is needed.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Mindset

In this lecture you will be introduced to the topic, the instructor, and give you an overview of the course.


In this lecture you will learn how to let go of worry, anxiety, perfectionism and other issues that get in the way of effective communication.


In this lecture you will learn how to stay in the present moment while you speak.


In this lecture you will learn how to stay open and responsive to any thing that may happen as you speak.

Section 2: Preparation

In this lecture you will learn valuable exercises to warm up the muscles in your mouth to improve articulation and clarity.


In this lecture you will learn exercises that will stretch your brain's capacity to create and think.


In this lecture you will learn exercises that will warm your body up before you speak.

Section 3: Design

This lecture will help you discover and articulate the main idea of your speech and build the rest of the speech around it.


This lecture will help you begin and end your speech sticky.


This lecture will teach you the framework Pixar uses to tell stories.

Section 4: Illustrations

This lecture will help you articulate stories within your speech using voices, emotion, and body language


This lecture will help you discover your artistic posture and help you have presence as you speak.


This lecture will help you add a layer to your speech and storytelling that will engage your audience.

Section 5: Connections
The Speaker's Wheel of Connection

Congratulations for completing The Speaker's Blueprint! As I can be helpful to you, I look forward to being so. You can contact me at

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Instructor Biography

Mike Weaver, Speaker, Coach, Entertainer

For nearly 20 years as a speaker, writer, teacher, and entertainer, Mike Weaver has created and delivered over 1000 presentations each unique to its audience and context. Mike is also a professional coach assisting leaders in bridging the gap between where they are and where they want to be in the future. Mike is an improv veteran who has trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade in New York, Bay Area Theater Sports in San Francisco, Cinublue Productions in Columbus and with Armando Diaz, Keith Johnstone and many others. Mike performs regularly with Easily Amused Improv in Columbus. He is also a contributing consultant of the Applied Improvisation Network, a world wide network of improvisers and instructors.

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