Most people are afraid to stand in front of an audience to give a speech. This puts them at a disadvantage.
The importance of being able to deliver an effective speech is often underrated because public speaking is among the most common fears in humanity. But being able to communicate in a public presentation setting is an exceptional way to set yourself apart in the business world.
In this class, students will learn how to write and present a successful speech. The course includes: watching effective speeches from some of today’s best presenters and analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, learning how to get from a speech topic to a well-written speech, and pointers on how to deliver any speech effectively. Based on the programs used by Toastmasters International, a widely recognized community organization, this speech class will help any student work through the fear of public speaking and become a confident communicator.
I have taught high school students the basics of public speaking. I run a weekly club at a local high school. These students learn the basics. They overcome their fear of public speaking. Yet the school targets students who have had academic problems.
The club is part of Toastmasters International, the premier service organization that promotes public speaking. I have been a member for over two years. I joined the month I turned 18, the same month that I graduated from college. I am a regular attendee.
They will practice on their own, and then post the results on YouTube. They may choose to keep these videos private — family and friends only. But the experience of preparing a speech that is suitable for YouTube is an important learning technique.