Public Speaking Classes

Four-Session Online Course

 

$100 for a total of four one-hour class sessions

Fourteen-Session Online Course

 

$350 for a total of fourteen one-hour class sessions

To register for a class, please fill out this google form.

For more information, please email raisingvoicespublicspeaking@gmail.com!

We currently offer both "early to advanced beginner" and "intermediate to advanced" levels for both the 4 week and 14 week sessions.

Beginner Class

Our early to advanced beginner class teaches initial confidence and poise when presenting before an audience. Topics include learning correct posture, diction, eye contact and gesturing. Students will introduce classmates and learn basic speechwriting from written notes to outline and will eventually begin memorization. We discuss powerful introductions to draw the audience's interest, and how to keep them interested with our first demonstrative/instructional type of speech. This class includes descriptive and informational, inspirational, narrative (creative and original story) and Impromptu, or unprepared, speaking styles. The last becomes essential when speaking at meetings or events without preparation, and we help students move from answering questions to giving well organized responses. We discuss ways to inspire others and connect with the audience, including pauses in speech, illustrations, and humor, or describing an idea with great detail. At the end of the four weeks, students will be able to share thoughts with clarity and confidence.

Intermediate/Advanced Class

This class goes more in depth with the mechanics of speaking including vocal projection and delivering a well-organized and high energy talk. Speeches become further refined and much attention is given to posture, tone, inflection, and body language. This class includes extensive movement and role playing to loosen up our bodies and become comfortable with gestures. The goal here is to become at ease with no podium, notes or microphone and present in a natural and comfortable manner. Topics include debate and research and more formal presentation- style speeches. Our program concludes with a comparison of personal goals at the start of the class, and we discuss how gaining confidence before an audience brings boldness in nearly every aspect of our lives. This class also includes a longer speech in front of parents and guests, and an official certificate of completion.