Public Speaking

Do you want to speak confidently in front of an audience?

Course Description

This online course is suitable for anyone who wants to deliver a successful presentation or speech for work, business, school or personal interest.

In 36 engaging video tutorials you will learn candid advice and tips on how to prepare and deliver a speech that commands your audience’s attention. You will learn how to overcome your nerves and get your message across clearly, how to deliver a PowerPoint presentation, how to interact with your audience and much more.

You will also receive access to TJ’s bestselling ebooks which reinforce the tips and techniques on public speaking covered in this course.

Being able to communicate clearly is an indispensable skill in any industry or walk of life. These tutorials will help you conquer your fear, polish your presentation and impress your peers!

Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines for continuing professional development.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.
About Instructor:

TJ Walker - Public Speaking Trainer and Author


TJ Walker has been conducting media training workshops and seminars since 1984. Walker has trained Presidents of countries, Prime Ministers, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Super Bowl winners, U.S. Senators, Miss Universes and Members of Parliament.

His book, "Secret to Foolproof Presentations" was a USA Today #1 Bestseller, as well as a Wall Street Journal and Business Week Bestseller. Walker is a also a regular contributor to Forbes and the Reuters Insider Network and has written for the Huffington Post.

A frequent network news communications analyst, Walker has made more than 1000 network TV and radio appearances on CBS, ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, Al Jazeera, NBC, CCTV, Fox Business, Russia Today, HLN, TrueTV, Comedy Central, Sirius and NPR. In 2009, Walker entered the Guinness Book Of World Records for most talk show appearances ever in a 24 hour period.

Walker is also the producer and host of The TJ Walker News and Comment Channel on YouTube which has thousands of subscribers and millions of views.

Walker was a merit scholar at Duke University where he graduated magna cum laude. He has lectured or conducted trainings at Yale University, Columbia University and Princeton University.


Course Outline

Brainstorm every topic you want to cover in your speech.
Decide what key points your presentation will cover.
Plan what you want the key takeaway of your speech to be.
Tell the audience how your speech will benefit them.
Avoid the most common mistakes people make in writing a speech.
Use relevant examples to illustrate your points.
Become a better speaker by rehearsing your presentation on video.
The goal of a PowerPoint presentation is the same as any presentation - to deliver a memorable message to the audience.
Best practices for how many points, slides and images to use in a PowerPoint presentation.
Make your presentation easier to follow by reducing the amount of text used in your slides.
Best practices for using animations and special effects in a presentation.
How and why to black out your screen during a PowerPoint presentation.
Become a better speaker by rehearsing your PowerPoint presentation on video.
The reasons people feel nervous about public speaking and how to reduce your nerves.
Why your voice sounds different in a recording and how to overcome a complex about how you sound.
How to increase your confidence when speaking in front of an audience.
Best practices and techniques for how to effectively start a speech.
Best practices and techniques for how to pace and end a speech.
How to work with time limits and time reductions.
Caveats of telling the audience the same message repeatedly in a linear fashion.
How to make the audience and yourself feel comfortable during a presentation.
Best practices for choosing messages tailored to the audience.
Benefits and best practices of using humor in a speech.
Most effective methods for rehearsing your speech to get results.
How to manage time when preparing, rehearsing and giving your presentation.
What you should do to stay cool, calm and collected during a memory lapse.
How to manage an inattentive or disruptive audience member.
How to remember what to say without reading your speech word for word.
How observing and critiquing other public speakers can help you improve your speaking skills.
Become a better speaker by rehearsing your presentation on video.
How to tell stories that make your speeches interesting and memorable.
How to describe the setting of your story to capture the audience's imagination and memory.
How to use dialogue and conflict to make your story more effective.
How to relive a story so that the audience can visualize and remember your messages.
Become a better speaker by rehearsing your presentation on video.
Key takeaways for continuous improvement in public speaking.

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