Public Speaking

Improve your ability to speak in public - speech making and public speaking. Online course for speakers, teachers, politicians, media presenters, leaders or anyone who wants to improve their skills and confidence in public speaking.

Course Code: BWR206
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to Speak Well in Public

Online course for speakers, teachers, politicians, media presenters, leaders or anyone who wants to improve their skills and confidence in public speaking.

Public speaking is not a skill that comes naturally to many people. Enhancing your public speaking skills can help you build your confidence and deliver presentations that will help you get your message across to your audience.

This course will help you improve your public speaking skills and keep your audience engaged. Public speaking skills are used when you are a teacher, coach, presenting meetings, broadcast media, in celebrations, religious services or many other events.

You will learn speaking, presenting and delivering skills and the end of this course will culminate in you preparing and delivering a speech.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and nature of public speaking
    • The nature of public speaking
    • The scope of public speaking
    • Context influence the nature and scope of speaking
    • Critical factors in public speaking
    • The ultimate message
    • Speaker/listener relationship
    • Channel
    • Feedback
    • Interference
  2. Writing and preparing speech
    • Words! Words! Words!
    • Clarity and confusion
    • Reorganising words leads to different results
    • Questions
    • Rhetoric and rhetorical devices
    • Speech preparation
    • Speech organisation
    • Outline
    • Purpose
    • Subject statement
    • Development
    • Sample outline
    • Other important factors to consider
    • Attention
    • Transitions
    • Orientation
    • Conclusion and summary
  3. Presentation and delivery
    • A speech
    • Volume, pitch, tone
    • Projection (volume)
    • Voice
    • Vocal health
    • Dealing with nerves
    • Body language
    • How to present a speech
    • Visual aid and media
    • Types of visual aids
    • Reasons for and against the use visual aids and media
    • For visual aids and media
    • Against visual aids and media
  4. Toasts and entertainment
    • Speaking for entertainment and toasting
    • Toasts
    • Content and focus
    • Timing
    • Humour
    • Body language
    • Voice
    • Master of ceremonies (MC)
    • Focus
    • Paying attention to the audience
    • Use of humour
    • Voice and body language
    • Story, script, and narrative
    • Preparation
    • Vocal technique
    • Adding character
    • Body language
    • Types of speeches
    • Introductions
  5. Debate and presenting argument
    • Introduction
    • What is rhetoric?
    • Ethos, pathos, and logos
    • Ethos: persuasion by character
    • Pathos: persuasion by emotion
    • Logos: persuasion by reason or logic
    • Persuasive context
    • Rhetorical triangle
    • Constructing an argument for speech or debate
    • Logic, fact and fallacy
    • Constructing an argument
    • What is a logical fallacy?
    • Critical thinking
    • Persuasive speaking
  6. Lecture and informative speech
    • Know your subject
    • Fact check
    • Questions and answers
    • Use elements from other areas of public speaking
    • Important points about fact-based presentations and educational presentations
    • Structuring a lecture or informative presentation
    • General educational lecture
    • The socratic method
    • Hands-on lectures: practicals, activities, and exercises
    • The role of vulnerability
  7. Evaluating a speech
    • Evaluating a speech
    • Introduction
    • Quality and evaluation
    • Anonymous or not?
    • Feedback
    • Ways to examine the quality of a speech/ speaker
    • Evaluating a toast or entertainment speech:
    • Evaluating a debate or argument:
    • Evaluating a lecture or informative speech:
    • Regaining confidence after a poor speech
  8. Question speaking for broadcast media
    • Introduction
    • Broadcasts
    • Rhythm of speaking
    • Slang and colloquial speech
    • Filler words
    • Developing a speech for broadcast media
    • Radio and podcast or sound recordings
    • Sound recordings
    • Television and film presentation
    • Media interviews and speaking on panels
  9. Project: prepare and deliver a speech
    • Why is problem based learning important?
    • Project aim
    • Learning outcomes
    • Problem definition
    • Your speech
    • Discussion questions
    • Team structure and mode of interaction
    • Final pbl submission

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain the scope and nature of public speaking and recognise the different contexts in which speeches are delivered.
  • Explain how word choice, speech organisation and preparation combine to influence the impact of a speech.
  • Examine the delivery and presentation of a speech.
  • Structure and examine quality of toasts and entertaining speaking.
  • Examine, construct, and discuss quality of argument and debate.
  • Construct and examine quality of lecture and informative speaking.
  • Analyse the elements and techniques used to evaluate a speech and gather feedback from the audience.
  • Explain key elements of preparing and delivering speech on broadcast media.
  • Conduct a speech and evaluate the audience response.
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