Students will:

  • Acquire methods to manage and control the nervousness associated with speaking publicly
  • Learn to organize and present their ideas logically and convincingly
  • Participate in active listening and provide critical feedback to others

90 minute Class Agenda – 1st class; next 5 classes

30 minutes: Registration, Attendance and Mingling Exercise (please be prompt, so we can start on time and we can maximize the student’s speaking experience); Assignment of roles and clarification of next speech assignment

30 minutes: Explanation of course structure, session objectives, role expectations followed by Q&A ; Delivery of prepared speeches

30 minutes: Extemporaneous speaking

Level and Course Structure – successful completion of 5 speeches per session

Level 1 Introduction

  1. Ice breaker: explain something about yourself that allows the audience to learn more about you
  2. Organize your Speech: present a topic with an impactful opening, supporting body and clear conclusion
  3. Your Body Speaks/Vocal Variety: tell a story that incorporates body movements, facial/hand gestures and/or vocal modulation to enhance your message
  4. Persuade with Power: persuade the audience to see your perspective using logic and emotion to support your position
  5. Inspire your audience: inspire the audience to improve and take action by emotionally appealing to noble motives, beliefs, etc.

Level 2 Practice

  1. Elevator Pitch: provide a concise, yet comprehensive, summary of your accomplishments
  2. Get to the Point: explain a topic broadly with a specific intent of action for the audience
  3. Body Language: tell a story that incorporates body movements and facial/hand gestures to enhance your message
  4. How to Say It: communicate clearly and effectively selecting the right words, sentence structures and rhetorical devices
  5. Visual Presentation: present a topic utilizing the right visual aids to strengthen and complement your message

Level 3 Skills

  1. Interviewing: practice the art of interviewing in role play scenarios
  2. Presentation: understand strategies and tips for impactful presentations
  3. Master of Ceremonies: entertain the audience whilst communicating critical information
  4. Negotiation: persuade the audience to ‘make a deal’
  5. Research: learn the basic requirements when presenting research information

Roles – improve active listening, critical thinking and assessment skills

  • Speech Evaluator: Evaluate speakers providing both strengths and constructive feedback
  • Grammarian/Word Master: Assess speakers on their awkward use or misuse of language
  • Ah Counter: Note words and/or sounds used as a crutch and/or filler by the speakers

A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t be nervous! The classroom is a safe space and we will practice and practice, so you will increase your self-confidence when delivering speeches.
  2. You are expected to come prepared to each class to get the maximum benefit from this course.
  3. Ask questions, make new friends and have fun!

Thank you for your support and continued interest! Good Luck on your journey in overcoming Glossophobia!