Want to be a Public Speaker? Everything you need to know
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Want to be a Public Speaker? Everything you need to know

Truth Tellers: The Desire to Communicate. This course is basically everything I have learned in my 19 years as a speaker
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Created by Brett Ullman
Last updated 10/2016
Price: $45
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the ins and outs of being a public speaker
  • Choose a topic that they will want to speak on
  • Deal with anxiety and nervousness about speaking
  • Understand basic speaking gear they might need
  • Engage their audience after a presentation
  • Engage your online audience
  • Have good systems for set up and take down
  • Consider if they should become a not-for-profit
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  • This will be a lot of material to digest. My suggestions is to do a few courses and then take a day to process and think about the material covered before moving on.
  • I would encourage you to take notes throughout the course..

When I began speaking 19 years ago I did not have anyone to mentor me or help me. I struggled and had to learn many things the hard way. This course is simply everything I have learned in my 19 years as a Public Speaker. Think of it like 3 hours of personal coaching where I will download to you all that I have learned. 

The course is all done in small video clips to keep you engaged. There are presently 77 sessions that run from around a minute to just around 10 minutes. 

If you are one of the people who say to me "I want to speak but I don't know where to start." This is a good place to start. I hope you will join me for Truth Tellers. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is willing to learn more about the art of public speaking
  • Someone who is interested in speaking
  • Someone whoalready speaks but is interested in becoming a better speaker
  • Someone who is looking at taking their speaking career from a part time to a full time job
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Curriculum For This Course
72 Lectures
3 Lectures 07:53

I want to speak but not in the Christian World. Is this course for me? Please take a few minutes to watch this quick video to answer this question. This is not a course of Christian faith but a course on Public Speaking. 

Preview 01:31

This is more of a personal bio of my life. I also briefly talk about my struggles with anxiety. 

Who am I? Quick bio

This is a conversation on the story of how I went from being a full-time teacher into a full-time speaker. 

What is my story?
So you want to be a speaker...
3 Lectures 09:34

There are some things that are really cool about being a speaker and some things that are not. Lets look at these. 

What does a speakers life look like?

So you want to live in hotels, eat out and fly for a living. Really?

Travel (Hotels, Meals and Flying)

Seriously this is a good question. Why do you want to be a speaker?

Why do you want to be a speaker?
Do I need certain skills to be a speaker?
3 Lectures 08:44

People seem to think you have to be gifted with certain talents or skills to be a speaker. Is this true?


This might sound like a weird comment. Basically do you have what it takes to deal with the critique of people. If you are at the front you will get people who love you and who dislike you. You have to be able to handle both of these. 

Do you have thick skin?

Quick discussion on my ebook Reset. This will be a free downloadable resource for you.

Bonus: Free Ebook: Reset
When I do go full-time?
2 Lectures 03:39

When is the timing right to leave my current job and go full-time into speaking?

Time and Money

What is a true definition of a successful speaker? Is it speaking full-time? Part-time?

What is success in speaking?
How do I choose my talks
2 Lectures 05:41

What makes you angry, frustrated etc. This might be your discontent. This is where you should start looking for a topic. 

What are you passionate about?

Discussion on the idea of using polls to find out what topic you should speak about. Use the people around you. 

Online poll
How do I research a talk?
5 Lectures 13:16

This is a simple challenge: read. 


How I organize my large book library as well as what I do with the information I find in the books I read. 

Books - Information organization

Blogs, Articles, Magazines and Newpapers

online articles, blogs etc

Use the people around you. Ask them!

Poll online and Friends

A great tool to help you start thinking about putting your talk together while you are doing your research.

How do I put my talks together?
7 Lectures 20:04

You have to start somewhere. Just start. 

Just start (including which software to use)

Plagiarism conversation. Make sure you give people credit for their thoughts and ideas. 

Give credit where credit is due!

Some thoughts on a fear based vs a teaching based seminar or presentation.

Don't be a "Sky is falling" speaker

How do you add value to the people you are talking to? Give them further resources on your topic.

Resource, Resource, Resource!

Conversation on how to narrow down all of the material you have.

Large Presentation to Narrow Presentation

Where do I find my stock images for my talks?

Preview 03:00

Simple question you need to ask while building your talks. Now what?

Now What?
Talk Stuff
10 Lectures 17:42

You need to learn who you are as a speaker. 

Be you not someone else

Be careful that your stories don't change over time. This is a really important but often overlooked discussion as a speaker. 

Preview 01:33

Should I use video clips within my presentation?

Video Clips within your presentation?

Do clothes matter?

What should I wear?

Stand or sit?

Do I stand or sit for my presentation?

Revisiting the conversation on how long should your talk or presentation be

How long should my talk be?

Are there good ways to open or close a talk?

How to Open and Close a talk

Do I need to spend the money on a unique font?


I think that making a trailer is a great way to help promote your talks. Here is my trailer for my talk: The Walking Wounded. 

Preview 01:51

Here is my trailer for my talk: The.Sex.Talk. 

Preview 01:22
Speaking gear
7 Lectures 17:50

Which type of technology is the best to use? There are so many choices. Let me tell you what I use. 

Laptop, iPad or iPhone? What should I use?

Why I use Dropbox for all my speaking presentation. Also a conversation on backups. You need to be looking at how you backup all of your data. 

DropBox and Backups

So many choices. Let me tell you what I use. 

What kind of remote should I use for my slides?

Do I need to invest in a data projector?

Do I need a data projector?

Is it worth the money to invest in a sound system for you to bring with you to your talks?

Should I bring a sound system?

Do I need to buy a microphone? I talk about handheld (wireless and corded) and headset. I don't talk about lapel microphones. I am not a fan of them at all.  

Do I bring my own microphone?

A Rider is a document or in my case a youtube video with details on all aspects of what the person hosting you might need to ask you. 

Speaking Rider
Take a Pause
1 Lecture 00:48

We are going very quickly through a ton of information. Lets just take a second to pause and reflect. 

Quick Reflection
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About the Instructor
Brett Ullman
4.9 Average rating
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21 Students
2 Courses
Speaker Author Father Husband

Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders and parents on topics including sexuality, mental health, men, dating and media. Husband to Dawn, and father of Bennett and Zoe, Brett and his family make their home in Ajax, Ontario where Brett leads and directs Worlds Apart, a charity focused on empowering individuals to re-align their lives with Biblical core values often muddled by media but central to Christian living.

Brett was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board for 10 years before moving into speaking full-time back in 2005. Brett has a Masters degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton Grad School in Chicago and is also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program. He and his family are members of C4 Church in Ajax since 2004.