Public Speaking

It’s rare to find a management or mid-level position these days that doesn’t involve public speaking.  While this may not always be a traditional speech made before a captive audience, public speaking is at the heart of every day operations for many organizations.  Moreover, in today’s technology-driven communications, presentations and demonstrations given online to colleagues or potential clients are not only effective tools, but essential to success in many positions.  The ability to articulate ideas, communicate clearly in a professional forum and introduce new concepts to broad audiences is essential to professional success.  As such, a course in public speaking will set students apart from their peers and colleagues with polished, professional presentation skills that will be tapped by superiors to bring in prospective clients and ultimately close deals.

Public speaking is essential to success in any sales or management role, but will also prove extremely useful for any professional looking toward advancement in their current position.  This course provides students with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches.  Good public speaking skills are extremely rare and successful students will absolutely be set apart from their colleagues should they master the sills offered in this course.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of public speaking and speech delivery principles
  • Analyze the delivery of other students’ speeches
  • Perform audience analysis tasks
  • Prepare speech topics and outlines
  • Select supporting materials and presentation aids in speech preparation
  • Prepare each of the components of a speech
  • Prepare a variety of different speech types

This class includes the following eText:
Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe.  Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach; 8th Edition; ISBN: 9780136125839

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