Buying for a Team? Gift This Course
Wishlisted Wishlist

Please confirm that you want to add The Speaker's Blueprint: How to Captivate Your Audience to your Wishlist.

Add to Wishlist

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.
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7 students enrolled
Created by Mike Weaver
Last updated 2/2015
$10 $35 71% off
14 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
Have a coupon?
What Will I Learn?
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
View Curriculum
  • An open mind and willingness to learn.
  • Engagement with the action guide provided in the course

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.

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.
Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 02:23:56
4 Lectures 40:03

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

Preview 09:35

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.

Preview 11:17

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

Be Present

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

Be Open
3 Lectures 23:32

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.

3 Lectures 30:21

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

The Main Idea

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

Beginnings and Endings

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

The Pixar Model
3 Lectures 36:01

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

Show Don't Tell

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

Posture and presence

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

Objects: Make the Invisible Visible
2 Lectures 13:59
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

About the Instructor
5.0 Average rating
1 Review
7 Students
1 Course
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.

Report Abuse