Public Speaking Course in Singapore
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Upcoming Course: 6 & 7 of January 2019
Public Speaking Skill Course For Adults in Singapore
Public speaking involves talking in front of unknown crowds. It usually involves numerous people, a speech to communicate in front of a large audience. In public speaking, the message is meant to inform, influence, or, entertain a group of listeners. It always has an objective to achieve. There are many reasons why everyone should learn this skill and why there is a need to know how to do it. Everyone will have to speak publicly from time to time whether it is talking in front of a team meeting or have a presentation in front of an audience. Confidence is also a factor in public speaking.
Gaining the confidence to speak over time is through experience, exposure, and practice. This ability will help boost it as it improves your speaking skills. Once a person flourishes this skill, they will better their reputation, have more opportunities, or bigger chances of career growth. Employers highly value dynamic and well-prepared speakers. They tend to earn leadership positions and important client contact roles. A person with a job involving communicating, teaching or persuading will do better if they have public speaking skills.
The ideal group size for this Public Speaking Skill course is:
Minimum: 5 Participants
Maximum: 20 Participants
The duration of this Public Speaking Skill workshop is 2 full days.
2 Full Days
9 a.m to 5 p.m
Below is the list of course objectives of our Public Speaking Skill course
Public Speaking Course Objectives – Part 1
- Identify Various Public Speaking Methods
- Identifying You Audience Before Your Speech
- Creating A Basic Outline Of Your Speech
Public Speaking Course Objectives – Part 2
- Organizing The Program
- Fleshing It Out Your Speech
- Putting It All Together
Public Speaking Course Objectives – Part 3
- Being Prepared For Your Speech
- Overcoming Nervousness Before You Speak
- Delivering Your Speech
- Handling Difficult Questions And Answers
Below is the list of course content of our Public Speaking Skill training course
Public Speaking Course – Part 1
The key to effective public speaking is preparation. The better you prepare, the more confident you will feel.
Preparation begins with identifying your audience. What do you know about your audience? What do they care about? What’s important to them? Do they have any misconceptions about your topic? These are the kinds of questions you should ask as part of your preparation. Sitting down and listing the questions, and your answers to them, will give you a basic structure for your speech, around which you can add things and take them away as you see fit.
Holding the attention of an audience and speaking to what interests them is the most important thing about any public speech. It is not merely about what you say, but also how you say it. If you have a message you wish to get across, then think of how that message will communicate itself best to the audience you are speaking to.
- Performing a Needs Analysis
- Preparing for a speech should begin with considering the wants and needs of the audience. What are they interested in? What do they care about?
- Creating an Audience Profile
- Education: If your attendance is well-educated, you can utilise reasonably refined vocabulary. If they’re not, you want to keep things manageable.Familiarity with Topic: What do people understand about the topic already, and what do you need to explain?
- Identifying Key Questions and Concerns
- If you have a good comprehension of your audience, you can probably predict the key questions and concerns they are likely to have. You may not be able to produce the audience with the answers they would like to hear, but at least you should be ready to discuss the things they care about most.
Public Speaking Course – Part 2
The main advantage of creating an outline is that it helps you to organize your thoughts. The audience gets more out of a presentation when it is well-organized. They also are more likely to think that the speaker knows the subject thoroughly and has given some thought on how to present it. In this part of the public speaking course we will be considering a hypothetical presentation about a project that has just been completed, but the general approach we will consider is applicable to just about any type of presentation. Often this approach is seen as being similar to creating a body. You start with the skeleton – the basic outline, the bare minimum of the speech in something like the shape that it will eventually take – and progress by adding meat to the bones, and layering the rest on top of that. At key points of the presentation, specific issues will need to be confronted, and by allotting them a place in the basic outline you will be able to ensure that these are prioritized and addressed correctly.
- Outlining the Situation
- Almost every project addresses a predicament, an opportunity, or both. An efficient way to introduce your speech is by outlining the condition that your project resolves. This approach necessitates you to get to the point right away.
- Identifying the Task That Had to be Performed
- Your assignment description will be the organising principle for the rest of your presentation. Most of what ensues will be an account of what you did to accomplish the task. One way to come up with a manageable, clear task description is to imagine you are drafting it for a teenager.
- Listing the Actions You Took
- If a presentation comprises a list of actions, it’s a good idea to display the list on a slide or a flip chart. People have a tough time keeping more than three or four items straight in their head unless they see them displayed. As you go through your list in your presentation, you can point to each item on your chart or slide.
- Revealing the Results
- Revealing the results of a project entails answering a few basic questions: Did the project accomplish its goal? Were there any unforeseen consequences? What’s next?
Public Speaking Course – Part 3
The key to creating a well-organized speech or presentation is to keep your audience in mind. Start with something that will capture their attention and give them a clear idea of your topic. Organize the body of your presentation in a way that will be easy for your audience to understand. Plan to review your main points briefly and then wrap things up on a positive note, perhaps giving your audience a “call to action.” The essential thing to remember is that you are giving your presentation for the benefit of your audience. That means you need to organize it in a way that will make sense to them. The most important thing to keep in the forefront of your mind is that you are not making the speech for yourself, but your audience. Think of how politicians do things. When they are campaigning they will speak to groups as diverse as different occupations, different ethnicities, and different ages. How they will speak to each changes between speeches. Then, when they are speaking to a cabinet meeting of fellow politicians, the language and the issues will be different again. Keep this in mind when giving a presentation.
- Making Organisation Easy
- The more lengthy a presentation goes on, the more possibilities there are to lose the attentiveness of your audience. However, making a presentation too brief can leave people uninformed and discontented with the essence of the presentation.
- Organisational Methods
- It’s important to realise that most people will be able to remember only a few key points from a presentation. Don’t overwhelm the audience with facts that they will disregard as soon as they walk out the door. Focus on a few key points.
- Classifying and Categorising
- Categorising information is one way that people make sense of complex topics. A speaker can help people come to grips with complex topics by breaking them down into a few categories.
Public Speaking Course – Part 4
Audiences are often a little skeptical about a speaker’s message, especially if the speaker is addressing a controversial issue. You can build credibility with an audience by using reliable sources of information and backing up your statements with citations to trusted authorities.
You need to think about your presentation as though it was going to be written down on paper and distributed throughout the audience and their bosses. Throwaway lines which you assumed would just pass over people’s heads will end up being the bits that certain people remember – so be sure to keep a close eye on what you say and how you say it. Often, people make the mistake of believing that the more they say, the better their speech is. Others, feeling that brevity is the soul of wit, keep what they say to a minimum. As with so many things, the truth lies somewhere in between and the key to making a presentation as powerful and as well-received as it can be is to say enough, and make what you say mean enough.
There is no point in fleshing out a presentation with extraneous detail which no-one will remember, and at the same time you should avoid leaving out anything remotely important so that your message is strong, coherent, and memorable.
- Identifying Appropriate Sources
- The Internet provides us with an unending stream of information, but how reliable is it? One way to evaluate reliability is to compare data from several different sources. One way to check for bias (especially with controversial topics) is to compare statements by people who have opposing views.
- Establishing Credibility
- It is imperative to be sure of your facts. If you make even one factually incorrect statement, some people will doubt everything you say. This is something that holds true wherever you are, including in some of the highest courts in the land.
- The Importance of Citations
- When it comes to discovering information on any subject, going right to the leading authorities to find it out is always a sensible move.
If you are giving a presentation, going to a leading authority in the area you wish to discuss is very wise indeed. Sometimes in a performance, you will find that some of your listeners are skeptical and will challenge the statistics you mention.
- When it comes to discovering information on any subject, going right to the leading authorities to find it out is always a sensible move.
Public Speaking Course – Part 5
Once you’ve outlined your speech and lined up some solid evidence to back up your ideas, it’s time to put all the pieces together. Whether you plan to write out your speech word for word or just speak from notes, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to say — the actual words, not just the ideas.
It is generally recommended not to have everything you want to say written down but rather a series of prompts. If you appear to be reading from a script, then there is less chance of you getting your point across with the power that you want it to have. Nonetheless, you should refrain from improvising too much as there are clear disadvantages to this process, not least of them the fact that this is filled with risks such as momentarily being lost for words. This makes you appear less competent, and people will be less likely to take you seriously. The general impression is that you should have in mind the body of what you want to say, and any additions which occur to you can always be included. Therefore, you do not have to worry about deviating from a pre-written speech, while also avoiding the dangers of having nothing to say.
- Writing Your Presentation
- Most of the time, it’s a bad idea to read a presentation word for word. It’s boring, and it makes it challenging to build a rapport with the audience. Any presentation is a kind of social occasion.
- Adding a Plan B
- It is practically unavoidable that at some point, you will encounter unexpected problems in giving presentations. How you handle these problems will determine whether your presentation is a success or not. Some people get very flustered when something goes wrong.
- Reviewing, Editing and Rewriting
- Very few first drafts are good enough to be “the draft”. Unless you have immense clarity of thought and eerie foresight, the chances are that you will make a reference later on in your speech that either contradicts something you said before or has a meaning that is not immediately clear to your listeners going based on what you said before
Public Speaking Course – Part 6
Preparation serves several important purposes:
• It boosts your self-confidence.
• It reduces the chances of something going wrong.
• It creates an impression of you as a competent, diligent person.
• It makes it easier for you to give a polished, professional presentation.
It is often said that those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail. The reason for this is that only by preparing properly will you eliminate the obvious potential errors that can turn what would be an excellent speech into a mess. By taking the time to prepare, you can look ahead to the presentation and get an impression for how it should and will go. It will also allow you to take into consideration what difficulties may arise, and have a strategy for dealing with each of them.
- Checking Out the Venue
- Sometimes a lot of preparation goes into a presentation, taking into account the way the speaker moves, sounds and sees the audience, as well as the visual aids the speaker will use during the presentation. A great deal of preparation should ensure that things go smoothly, but the level of presentation needs to be rivalled by the quality of preparation.
- Gathering Materials
- If you are going to use handouts, be sure you have enough. Listeners prefer to take notes. Listeners like to have something to take away from your presentation as a reminder of what you said.
- A 24 Hour Checklist
- Presentation: Do you know what you’re going to say in the first two minutes? Slides and handouts: Have you proofread your slides Logistics: Do you know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there?
Public Speaking Course – Part 7
It’s OK to be nervous. In fact, it’s probably a good thing. If you are very calm before a presentation, you may be underestimating the difficulty of your assignment. If you’re calm because you consider the topic an easy one (a “no brainer”), you may not project enough interest in your subject.
If you’re not nervous, you may have a hard time projecting the energy and enthusiasm that you will need to win your listeners’ attention. Nervousness can be a tool to communicate enthusiasm. Channel your nervousness by forcing yourself to speak clearly and to make eye contact with your listeners. It cannot be stressed too often that the element of balance is important in delivering a speech.
- A Visit from the Boss
- Sometimes even the best bosses tend to put pressure on you when they would swear they are merely trying to help you. Words of encouragement may well feel as though they are loaded with other meanings.
- Preparing Mentally
- In so many cases, the anticipation of an event is the most emotionally charged part of it. The “athlete” analogy is a good one. If you permit yourself to overthink about the bad things that might happen, it becomes almost a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- Physical Relaxation Techniques
- There are two Relaxation Methods. Deep breathing: Sit upright, cross your legs at the ankles or keep your feet flat on the floor. Progressive Relaxation: Tense your muscles so that they are as tightly contracted as possible.
- Appearing Confident in Front of the Crowd
- A speaker who fumbles about with his materials presents an impression of poor organisation and lack of interest. The audience presumes that such a speaker hasn’t put significant effort or thought into planning for the presentation. Allow yourself ample time to organise all your materials before you commence your presentation.
Public Speaking Course – Part 8
A few simple steps can help you improve the delivery of your presentation:
• Start off strong by preparing an opening that will capture the audience’s attention.
• Learn how to use visual aids effectively.
• Check the volume of your voice.
• Practice beforehand – to check running time, but not to the
point where it is automatic.
- Starting Off on the Right Foot
- The opening should be very brief, in most circumstances, one to two minutes. In that short period, you need to present yourself and your topic in a way that will make your audience want to pay attention to. In planning your opening, go back to your analysis of your audience.
- Using Visual Aids
- Visual aids can: Clarify data that may be difficult for the audience to grasp from a verbal presentation alone. Charts and graphs are especially helpful for this purpose. They also help to highlight your main ideas.
- Checking the Volume of Your Voice
- The more people there are in a place, the louder you will have to speak. People make noise unintentionally by moving around in their seats or shuffling papers. If you find that you have to shout to make yourself heard in the back of the room, then you need a microphone.
Public Speaking Course – Part 9
During the course of a presentation, you need to be aware of how things are going. Are people starting to lose interest? Do they need a break? Do you need to do something different to change the pace? When it’s time to wrap up your presentation, you need to remind people of your basic message. You hope that a week from now, if someone asked the members of your audience they would be able to recall what your presentation was all about. This is something that depends greatly upon the audience, but as you have no control over their reactions your job is simply to ensure that you get your message across as persuasively as you possibly can. You will probably be given an allotted time to deliver your presentation, and it is a good idea to take this time and look at all the elements you need to cover. By doing this you can then divide the allotted time into shorter spells in which you can cover the topics in hand.
- Adjusting on the Fly
- Here are some adjustments you could make if the audience seemed to be losing interest. Ask questions. You can also have a member of the audience to come to the front of the room and assist you with a demonstration.
- Gauging Whether Breaks are Required
- When you tell people to take a break, tell them exactly when you plan to start again. Fifteen minutes is a standard length for a break. The shorter presentations – those under an hour, will generally not require a break, but if the presentation edges towards an hour and a half, it may well be that offering a break in the middle can be the wisest thing to do.
- Wrapping Up and Winding Down
- Sometimes a speaker will conclude a presentation with a question and answer session. If you arrange this, don’t finish the presentation with your response to the final inquiry. It might have little to do with your primary intent.
Public Speaking Course – Part 10
The way you respond to questions will have a major effect on what kind of rapport you are able to build with the audience. If you answer questions thoughtfully and respectfully, people will feel that you are taking them seriously. If you give flip, dismissive answers, people will feel that you don’t have time for them. People may ask questions which are not a hundred per cent serious, but even then you should not be dismissive, simply take the question in the spirit it was intended and take the opportunity to display a sense of humor.
- Ground Rules
- At the end of your presentation, you state, “Does anyone have any questions?” And no one does. What do you do? You could try waiting for 20 seconds or so and then say, “Well, one question people often ask is…” Come up with your own question to show people what kinds of questions you expect.
- Answering Questions That Sound Like an Attack
- Responding to hostile questions with an equally hostile response will simply cause the whole process to be tense. Since you are the person at the front of the room, and the person directing the question is sat with several other people, it will merely set you against a larger group of people, making the atmosphere needlessly confrontational.
- Dealing with Complex Questions
- The question and answer session traditionally occurs at the close of the presentation, so if you excel at this section, people will remember that very distinctly, as they will surely remember you negatively if you dodge questions or give fraudulent answers. Concluding on a positive note is hugely significant in a presentation, and if you can accomplish that, you are most of the route to being an excellent public speaker.