Workshops, Organizations & Classes on Public Speaking
I LOVE doing this type of work! Coaching people in a one on one format to take their knowledge, passions and interest and translate it to a talk that people are excited to hear is one of the greatest gifts I have been given. If you fid you do better in a more individualized support model or have found that you have read the books, watched the talks and still feel stuck, maybe it’s time to take your work to the next level!
And never fear, if I am not the right fit, or I see another alternative as a better option for you, I NEVER hesitate to send you in that direction!
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
They are cost effective (approximately $100/year) with lots of locations for you to meet people and find the club that is the right fit for you. In addition to the club meetings, they offer free speaking tips, a video library, a resource library and more.
National Speakers Association
The National Speakers Association (NSA) is a collective of more than 3,000+ members whose skills, expertise and experience power the most recognized and respected professional speakers organization in the industry.
Founded in 1973 by Cavett Robert, CSP, CPAE, NSA has the comprehensive resources, cutting-edge tools, insightful education and productive events that speakers need to develop their brands and grow their businesses. NSA’s members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as speakers, trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. They have 35 independently run state and regional chapters throughout the U.S.
Introduction to Public Speaking; Coursera
This course gives you a reliable model for preparing and delivering effective presentations. In business, in school, and in public life, we are often called upon to “make a few comments.” Often, people tasked with such speeches become flummoxed. They might not know what to talk about, or ramble without making a point, or simply be confusing to listen to. This course is designed to help you shine where others falter.
This course will help you learn how to organize talks clearly, write them memorably, and deliver them confidently. By the end of the course, you should be able to significantly reduce your fear of public speaking, use rehearsal techniques to develop a strong, vibrant speaking voice, and perform speeches with dynamic movement and gestures. The speech model that we’ll practice is useful for briefings, elevator talks, interviews, and even as a structure for hour-long presentations.
If you’re a beginner, this course will help you quickly master the fundamentals of speaking. If you’re a seasoned speaker, this course will help you better understand public speaking and push you to the next level.
COMM101: Public Speaking
A 92 hour FREE certificate course designed specifically to give you the tools needed to deliver an effective speech. From their course intro:
“The purpose of this course is to systematically examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech. The textbook and associated lectures present an element-by-element examination of the essentials of public speaking while also identifying traits of the individual speaker and how they impact preparation and presentation. In addition to these resources, a comprehensive series of brief videos demonstrate specific, performance-oriented aspects of public speaking. Tying each of these course elements together are the themes of information and ethics, emphasized in each resource because they are becoming increasingly important to all communicators. For example, the textbook constantly returns to the discussion of society's ever-increasing access to information and the demands on the individual to use it effectively and ethically. The authors note that "the New York Times has more information in one week than individuals in the 1800s would encounter in a lifetime," which illustrates the challenges speakers face beyond the ready-made burden of coping with the inevitable anxieties of speaking to the public. In spite of that environment, ethical communication means not only accepting responsibility for the information one presents, but also speaking up when others abuse their information platforms.
You should be aware that the textbook, Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking, drives the content of each unit and thus will help you anticipate, absorb, and integrate the information more efficiently than the lectures. The most distinguishing trait of the textbook is the way it breaks topics down into categories and subcategories. You should notice immediately how this is presented in this first unit of the course, paying particular attention to the most frequently used word which signals such categorization, "type," because knowing the "types" a subject can be classified into is equivalent to learning the options a speaker has when strategizing about what content or technique will be effective.”