- 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
- Ice breaker: explain something about yourself that allows the audience to learn more about you
- Organize your Speech: present a topic with an impactful opening, supporting body and clear conclusion
- Your Body Speaks/Vocal Variety: tell a story that incorporates body movements, facial/hand gestures and/or vocal modulation to enhance your message
- Persuade with Power: persuade the audience to see your perspective using logic and emotion to support your position
- Inspire your audience: inspire the audience to improve and take action by emotionally appealing to noble motives, beliefs, etc.
Level 2 Practice
- Elevator Pitch: provide a concise, yet comprehensive, summary of your accomplishments
- Get to the Point: explain a topic broadly with a specific intent of action for the audience
- Body Language: tell a story that incorporates body movements and facial/hand gestures to enhance your message
- How to Say It: communicate clearly and effectively selecting the right words, sentence structures and rhetorical devices
- Visual Presentation: present a topic utilizing the right visual aids to strengthen and complement your message
Level 3 Skills
- Interviewing: practice the art of interviewing in role play scenarios
- Presentation: understand strategies and tips for impactful presentations
- Master of Ceremonies: entertain the audience whilst communicating critical information
- Negotiation: persuade the audience to ‘make a deal’
- 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:
- 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.
- You are expected to come prepared to each class to get the maximum benefit from this course.
- Ask questions, make new friends and have fun!
Thank you for your support and continued interest! Good Luck on your journey in overcoming Glossophobia!