Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. We experience stage fright or believe that speeches are best left to those with more intuitive talent. But nothing could be further from the truth.
As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers, from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr.
This insider's look at public speaking shows you three key components to help you succeed in any situation:

How to prepare for public speaking: Learn from Patrick Henry and others how to overcome stage fright, control your voice, use humor, and personalize your delivery.
How to craft a great speech: Learn how to build captivating speeches from people such as Susan B. Anthony and how to use stories, examples, logic, and impressive visual images.
How to handle your audience: Learn from Gandhi and others how to focus on your audience, invite them to share your vision, and inspire them to change.
Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice to help you learn one of the most important skills in your personal and professional life.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stuart Sorensen on 20-08-17

Really interesting and useful stuff

I've been a public speaker for years and this little set of lectures taught me so much I didn't know. Worth every penny!

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5 out of 5 stars
By RAUL on 31-01-15

Inspirational for you who give speeches

Provides vivid examples andclear rules for good speeches. The rest is up to using it. With this I mean that the examples and rules are good indeed, but there is still much work to translate your own subject and objective in rhe form of a good speech.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ron W. on 16-06-14

Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories.

If you could sum up The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History in three words, what would they be?

Listen, Learn, Apply

What did you like best about this story?

The professor is very engaging and the examples from history were very well selected.
Each story has a purpose.

Which scene was your favorite?

Queen Elizabeth addressing the troops as an example of how to connect with your audience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The importance of storytelling and how to apply the lesson to all your speaking.
Also, it was encouraging to hear that Mark Twain was so nervous about his major speech that he took steps to prepare (which I can apply to my own speaking as well).

Any additional comments?

This course is not only informative, but fun as well.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sam Motes on 13-02-14

Ask what the greats can teach you

Very interesting look at the art of public speaking by looking at the greats including Gandhi, Churchill, Kennedy, Reagan, King and other from form ancient times for insight on how we can be better in the art. The academician look at the topic was an interesting twist that shows how much of the art is timeless and unchanging.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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