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eDL CTE course: Public Speaking 1b: Finding Your Voice

Public Speaking 1b: Finding Your Voice

Building on the prior prerequisite course, bring your speeches to life by learning about body language, vocal, and other techniques. Learn about logic and reason while gaining the confidence to help create and deliver great presentations and speeches. You will also critically examine your speeches and presentations and those of others to improve upon your presentation.

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Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

In this unit, you’ll learn how to use both inductive and deductive reasoning, how to organize a strong argument using the Toulmin Method, and the various common organizational forms of speeches. By the end of this unit, you will know how to prepare a speech outline and be ready to move on to speech writing.

Unit 2: Speech Writing

In this unit, you’ll learn all about writing speeches, including how to use the correct language register, how to use emotive language, and how to integrate specific literary techniques. By the end of the unit, you’ll be ready to write your first well-argued and emotionally powerful speech.

Unit 3: Self-Efficacy and Self-Esteem

In this unit, you’ll learn all about developing the two essential aspects of confidence: a sense of self-efficacy and self-esteem. You’ll also learn about techniques to reduce your fear of public speaking, visual aids to enhance your presentations, and rehearsal strategies.

Unit 4: Body Language and Vocal Techniques

In this unit, you will learn all about how to use body language effectively as well as how to avoid common body language pitfalls, how to develop a strong vocal technique, and how to effectively engage with your audience.

Unit 5: Speech Evaluation

In this unit, you will learn how to critically evaluate the speeches of others in terms of their purpose, presentation, organization, argument, introduction and conclusion, word choice and literary techniques. You’ll also learn how to stand back and critically examine your own work in order to identify areas for improvement.

Unit 6: Adding Presentational Aids

In this unit, we’ll take a deeper dive into when, why, and how to most effectively use presentational aids as part of a speech. You’ll learn about the many different types of presentational aids that can be used. We’ll also explore a few guidelines to consider when using presentational aids.

Unit 7: Group Presentations

There are many speaking situations where it makes more sense to have a group make the presentation instead of just one individual. In this unit, we’ll look at the different kinds of group presentations and the various roles you might play in preparing and delivering one. We’ll also spend some time exploring guidelines to help a group prepare and present most effectively.

Unit 8: Giving an Online Presentation

By the end of this unit, you will be familiar with preparing and giving an online presentation, often called virtual or remote speaking. We will explore the different types and formats of online speaking. You will learn what steps are needed to create and prepare to deliver a speech online. Finally, we will walk through a few guidelines to successfully deliver a virtual speech.