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Posted on: May 25, 2023

WOW an Audience by Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking fear

Whether you are a seasoned public speaker or prefer an introductory class, Dr. Ben Voth will guide you to better presentations. Choose the course that fits your current level of expertise and comfort when speaking in public. Facilitated by Dr. Ben Voth, SMU professor of rhetoric and director of debate and speech.

Intro to Presentation Skills (1-day course, open to all employees)
If presentations are or will be part of your work-life, this course is for you! This workshop focuses on the fundamentals of effective delivery covering these topics:

  • Preparing an effective presentation
  • Selecting appropriate visuals and dealing with problems
  • Learning tips and techniques 
  • Identifying and relating to an audience 

Friday, June 23
8:30 - 4:30 pm, Training Room A (1-hour lunch on your own)
Municipal Center
PeopleSoft Course Code:  TD3801


Advanced Presentation Skills (2-day course, for improving public speaking skills)Public speaking successLearn skills associated with better public communication. You will have two weeks to work on your presentation (between the first class and turning in your presentation a week before the last class). You may use a current presentation or develop a new one. The course focus is on learning and practicing: 

  • Principals of delivery – eye contact, volume and body movement
  • Strategies for organizing speeches
  • Audience perspectives in processing speeches
  • Speech designs for different audiences

Fridays, July 21 and Aug 11
8:30 - 4:30 pm, Training Room A (1-hour lunch on your own)
Municipal Center
You must enroll in both classes:
PeopleSoft Course Code:  PD3811
PeopleSoft Course Code:  PD3812

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