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Approaches Taught in Public Speaking Training

Public speaking training is a methodical approach aimed at developing the communication skills of would-be speakers, as well as enhancing the existing skills of professional speakers. Public speaking training is designed to make the art of public speaking an exciting and enjoyable activity, both in the learning process and in actual application.

The dominant approach to this kind of training is the situational and practical approach. In this kind of public speaking training, the participants are given different scenarios and themes to speak on. Public speaking training uses both repetitive and varied learning methodologies, both in the cognitive and the psychomotor domains. It has two main objectives, the first of which is to eliminate, or at least minimize, the fear and anxiety of being on stage. The second objective is to equip the participants with guides to verbal and non-verbal mannerisms that will help them break through the perceived difficulty of public speaking.

One feature of any public speaking training is the presentation and discussion of table topics. In this, the participants are made to pick one of the many pre-selected themes. After they have made their selection, they are then to deliver an impromptu speech within a specific time. The idea here is to develop the participants’ ability to organize their thoughts and ideas logically and quickly. This aspect of public speaking training is supposed to simulate public speaking situations that give only a little time for the speakers to prepare what they have to say. Also, this method is supposed to help unfreeze the participants and make them feel more at ease in front of many people.

Using mnemonics is another method used that is considered to add to the effectiveness of public speaking training. The participants are taught how to create shortcuts that will help them jog their memories when speaking in public. These are very powerful guides that will help them navigate through their speeches. They will also help the participants learn how to deliver their speeches concisely, with excitement, with unity and with spontaneity.

Yet another method taught in public speaking training is the use of neuro-linguistic techniques. Neuro-linguistic techniques pertain to the ways of controlling and reading the audience, establishing rapport with them, putting colors and emphasis on important ideas, and other such non-verbal cues.

And of course, no public speaking training is complete without the basic foundations of confidence-building. These building blocks include discussions on how to control the voice so it carries through the audience, how to dress well for a presentation, how prepare PowerPoint presentations, how to use PowerPoint presentations as a tool for emphasizing ideas rather than using the PowerPoint presentation as the meat of the speech, and other such topics.

Public speaking is an art form to which there are many different approaches of training. These approaches underscore the fact that knowing how to speak in public is an acquired skill, something that is developed through learning and through practice, rather than something that one is born with.

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