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Public Speaking – Speaking Under Pressure

This course is currently available as E-Learning, or a private instructor-led class scheduled to suit your availabilty. You can click here to inquire further or you ask us for recommendations on similar classes.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

This course has been designed for those in positions where they must speak in front of audiences that are hostile or demanding. This material is also suitable for those who are relatively new speakers who want some encouragement to speak up in meetings or who want some training before they begin making presentations on behalf of the organization.

Speaking under pressure, or thinking on your feet, means being able to quickly organize your thoughts and ideas, and then being able to convey them meaningfully to your audience to modify their attitudes or behavior. It applies to formal speeches as well as everyday business situations. It requires presence of mind, goal orientation, adaptation, and judgment. It also requires differentiating between oral and written communications.

This course is aimed at improving your skills and learning some new techniques which will give you the persuasive edge when you are making a presentation, fielding difficult questions, or presenting complex information.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. Getting Started
  3. What is Speaking Under Pressure?
  4. Presentation Preparation
  5. Evaluations
  6. Planning
  7. Preparing to Plan
  8. Presentation Preparation
  9. Evaluations
  10. Force Field Analysis
  11. What is Force Field Analysis?
  12. Exercise
  13. Pros and Cons
  14. Understanding Your Audience
  15. Understanding Your Audience, Part One
  16. Audience Profiles
  17. Understanding Your Audience, Part Two
  18. Finding Common Ground
  19. Practical Application
  20. Controlling Your Jitters
  21. Overcoming Nervousness
  22. Presentation
  23. Making Your Listener Hear You
  24. Key Themes
  25. About Key Themes
  26. Practical Application
  27. Key Sentences
  28. Key Sentences
  29. Structuring Ideas
  30. Three Key Points
  31. Building a Three-Part Plan
  32. Practical Application
  33. Organization Methods
  34. Using Time, Place, and Aspect
  35. Practical Application
  36. Two Additional Plans
  37. Our Body Language
  38. How the Listener Takes Control
  39. The Meaning Behind Our Message
  40. If You Could Be…
  41. Beginnings and Endings
  42. Expanding a Basic Plan
  43. Presentations
  44. Preparation
  45. Evaluations
  46. Personal Action Plan
  47. Recommended Reading List
  48. Post-Course Assessment

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