“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Public Speaking focuses on the vocal and expressive side of a presentation, and it is naturally linked to the training for Presentation Skills which focuses on the motivational and logical side of a presentation. The preparation of a speech or a presentation, includes pacing, subdivision, style, how one relates to the audience, and how one handles performance pressure. [See: Performance Coaching]

To go deeper, the student of Speech can also benefit from understanding more about Movement, Character study, and Dramatic structure. [See: Individual Speech Training].

This training is available as individual sessions or presentations for small groups at the client’s preferred venue.

There are six key factors in public speaking:

  • Content. As for the content of the speech, the message can be anything. However, it is often believed that certain topics, by their very nature lack the potential for interest or excitement, and therefore cannot be effective in Public Speaking. This issue however, can be overcome by focusing on the audience, the purpose of the speech, and the use of powerful tools of expression borrowed from the theatre and modified to fit business situations.

  • Organization. The content of the speech should unfold logically, but it is useful to analyze the dramatic potential of the content of the speech, and design the speech accordingly. Furthermore, using the tools of psychological analysis, it should possible to tap into a variety of motivational factors in the choice of words, examples, presentation style, etc.

  • Words are used in the context of the message, so that the intended message can be more persuasive to the audience. This only tends to happen when the speech has both an emotional and an intellectual appeal to listener. A text should also be analyzed for specific choices of words and expressions, so that emotional triggers are chosen or avoided, according to the purpose of the speech. In a wider sense, the phrasing, overall structure, and use of dramatic techniques can employed throughout the delivery of the speech.

  • Voice. Using the same principles as for Individual Speech Training [LINK] because this fundamental approach is consistent with lifelong performance ability. Through exercises, examples, demonstrations, and a variety of reference materials, the course participants will systematically learn about and directly experience the importance of correct breathing, posture, use of resonance and vocal projection.

  • Articulation. In important element of Public Speaking and effective speech in general, is effortless and clear articulation of the words. Therefore good pronunciation is cultivated from the beginning, not only for its aesthetic value, but also as a key factor in achieving vocal effectiveness. The goal must eloquence; a sense of natural, competent, sometimes even elegant phrasing.

  • Body language. This is really about credibility or engendering sufficient trust in the speaker to have any persuasive impact at all. Although body-language and facial expressions are observable aspects of the speaker’s performance, this “movement” must match intention and feeling, or else there will be instinctive disconnect on the part of the listener. Much of the skills required by a speaker is based on the observation and the experience of human behavior. Movements, such as any physical action, facial expressions, and body language, all send out signals about personality, thought and emotion.

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Performance coaching relates to the whole process of learning, from the complete beginner to the most experienced professional,
and uses psychological knowledge and theories about achievement motivation, self-realization, and self-expression.

The principles used here, are integrated with all the other subjects of training, such as speech training, drama, singing, public speaking and presentation skills.

[See: Performance Coaching]



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