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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Published 10/2016 English

Course Description

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. 

What are the requirements?

  • 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..

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

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: Introduction

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. 


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


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

Section 2: So you want to be a speaker...

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


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


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

Section 3: Do I need certain skills to be a speaker?

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. 


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

Section 4: When I do go full-time?

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


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

Section 5: How do I choose my talks

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


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

Section 6: How do I research a talk?

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. 


Blogs, Articles, Magazines and Newpapers


Use the people around you. Ask them!


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

Section 7: How do I put my talks together?

You have to start somewhere. Just start. 


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


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


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


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


Where do I find my stock images for my talks?


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

Section 8: Talk Stuff

You need to learn who you are as a speaker. 


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


Should I use video clips within my presentation?


Do clothes matter?


Stand or sit?


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


Are there good ways to open or 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. 


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

Section 9: Speaking gear

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


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


Do I need to invest in a data projector?


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


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.  


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. 

Section 10: Take a Pause

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

Section 11: Speaking Nervousness and Anxiety

Some thoughts on how to deal with your normal anxieties or nervousness about being in front of people. 


Please work really hard to be an expert on your topic. Your audience will know quickly if you don't know your stuff. 


Learning how to breath properly will help you keep calm during your presentations. 


Be Prepared.


Have someone watch you speak and look for your nervous habits you are doing. These are small things you might do that are very distractions to your audiences.


Being a healthy person in all areas will help you as a speaker. 

Section 12: After the Presentation

Should you have a Q & A time? There are pros and cons for both. 


Make sure you are available to talk to people. 


Ask for feedback. How do you actually do this?


After your presentation is finished take some time to think of any changes you want to make. You can ALWAYS improve what you do. 


Don't be scared to ask for a reference or even some promotion from the host who brought you in to speak. 

Section 13: What kind of online presence should I have?
Speaking Website

Should you use social media? How do you use social media?

Section 14: Set up / Take Down / Looking Ahead

What is my process for set up before a talk. 


There needs to be some strategic thought in how you take down your gear after a talk. Don't overlook this. 


It is important to always plan ahead. 

Section 15: Business Side of things

Here is one of the toughest questions. How much do you charge? Lets have a good discussion on this. 


Do I use contracts? Let me explain why I do not.


Should you hire a booking agent? Lets discuss.


We became a charitable organization about 15 years ago. Let me explain what this means. 


Keep good records. Cannot be emphasized enough. 

Section 16: Some thoughts

This is a lifelong conversation of reading and researching. 


This is a a great little thing I use to always make sure I am moving forward in their primary projects.


Please don't think that this will be an overnight success. It will take time. 

Section 17: Final Thoughts!

Your goal is to be sustainable. Not to burnout after a few years. 


It has taken me a long time to realize how I "feel" after a talk has nothing to do with how the audience learned. 


Some closing thoughts.

Section 18: Extra Section: Speaking in the Christian World

Don't be afraid to "Enter the Danger" which means don't be afraid to talk about those trough conversation just because you are in a church environment.  People in the church world are desperate for authentic conversations on tough topics. Looking to connect their ancient faith with their modern world. 


Its not about us as a speaker....

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Instructor Biography

Brett Ullman, 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.

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