1. Welcome and overview
Overview of the VirtualSpeech simulations and course. We explain how to access the simulations and how they help you improve your public speaking. We end this section with a brief history on public speaking.
- Course overview
- About the simulations
- History of public speaking
2. Understanding speech
Rhetoric is an important part of public speaking and persuasion. This section covers the key aspects of rhetoric, as we explain what makes speeches easy to listen to and how to add these to your speech.
- What is rhetoric?
- Rhetorical situations
- The canons of rhetoric
- Ethos, Pathos, Logos: 3 pillars of persuasion
- What makes speeches easy to listen to?
3. Connecting with the audience (with a simulation module)
It's vital that you understand and connect with your audience during your speech. This section covers the different types of audience members, how to maintain their attention and cope with distractions.
- Example: Connecting with stories
- 4 types of audience
- Maintaining the attention of your audience
- Making your presentation more interactive
- Interacting with the audience at the event
- Example: Be careful with audience interaction
- Simulation: Connecting with the audience
- Questions from the audience
- Guide for handling audience questions
4. Planning your speech
Planning is a vital part of public speaking. Learn how to pick a topic and what to ask yourself before writing your speech. We also show an example product demo, to help you plan for this scenario.
- Questions to ask yourself
- Choosing a successful speech topic
- Purpose of your speech
- Using statistics in your speech
- Example: Planning for a product demo
5. Impromptu speeches (with a simulation module)
Impromptu speeches are amongst the hardest you will do. Learn how you can prepare for these situations and practice in our impromptu simulation.
- Think fast, talk smart
- Simulation: Impromptu speaking scenario
- Impromptu speech topics for practice
6. Writing and structuring your speech
In this section, we provide frameworks and examples for how to write and structure a speech, with a particular focus on the introduction.
Structuring your presentation
- The importance of the beginning and end
- How to start a speech
- The INTRO model
- INTRO model example - Jamie Oliver
- Example: Comparison between two introductions
- Opening phrases to avoid
- How to end a speech
- Presentation and slide design
7. Literary techniques (with a simulation module)
Literary techniques are a powerful way to engage your audience. We examine the techniques used by Obama, Churchill and King in some of the world's most famous speeches.
- Useful literary techniques
- Literary techniques example - Barack Obama
- Example: Two speeches analysed
- Great speeches that use literary techniques
- Simulation: Practice literary techniques
8. Coping with nerves and anxiety (with a simulation module)
Nerves are an inevitable part of public speaking. Practice your speech in our large virtual conference room, before learning how to manage anxiety from an expert.
- VR Preparation: TEDx Talk at short notice
- Simulation: TEDx theatre
- Example: Body language and nerves
- Managing anxiety
- Reducing your nerves
- Example: Nervous speaker
9. Delivering your speech (with a simulation module)
From warming up your voice, to actually delivering your speech, this section covers all the fundamental topics required when delivering a speech.
- 3 easy to implement speaking tips
- Exercises to warm up your voice
- Example: Comparison between two vocal ranges
- Average speaking rate, with examples
- Example: Speaking pace
- Importance of eye contact
- Simulation: Meeting presentation
The final section of this course gives you simple communication tips and a checklist to go through before your next speech.
Simple rules for effective presentations
- Checklist for before and after a presentation
- Course completed