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In this section of the course, you will continue to look at how to use your voice, making sure you do so effectively, and hopefully giving you inspiration to get involved in the future!

“Public Speaking is giving a speech face-to-face to a live audience; however, due to the evolution of Public Speaking, it is often now viewed as any form of speaking between an audience and the speaker, whether that be live or otherwise.”

There are several different types and styles of Public Speaking:

  • Ceremonial – used during a ceremony or ritual, often a special occasion, such as a Wedding or Funeral
  • Demonstrative – used to teach how to complete a task but describing their actions and performing activities, such as a Chemistry Science Class
  • Informative – used to disclose an idea, making a complex topic easy to understand, or sharing a point of view, such as a TedTalk or University Lecture
  • Persuasive – used to make an emotional appeal, punctuated with strong language to sway the audience, such as a Political Campaign
  • Manuscript – a well-crafted script (often by other people), with inclusion of pauses and expected reactions, being read from a physical script or a teleprompter, such as a Prime Minister’s Speech
  • Memorised – a speech that has been committed to memory by the deliverer to be able to engage with the audience more than if they were relying on written notes to prompt them, such as an Actor on Stage
  • Impromptu – an improvised speech with no prior planning, such as when asked to “say a few words” in a Meeting
  • Extemporaneous – a prepared and practiced speech that appears to be delivered impromptuly, without the use of notes or a script to read from, such as a Public Speaking competition

Which ones have you heard of before, or maybe even done yourself?

‘Feelings’ Photo by Andrew Neel from Pexels

How does the idea of ‘public speaking’ make you feel? Excited? Nervous? If you’ve not a lot of experience, you may be anxious and worried about making a mistake – these feelings are natural and many public speakers, no matter how long they’ve been doing it for, may still feel this way; the key is to ‘hiding it’ and overcoming it, which, with practice, will hopefully come naturally!