Public Speaking 101: A Crash Course on How to Improve Presentation Skills | Arman Chowdhury | Skillshare

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Public Speaking 101: A Crash Course on How to Improve Presentation Skills

teacher avatar Arman Chowdhury, Confidence thru Communication

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Public Speaking?

    • 3. What Causes Speech Anxiety?

    • 4. How to Create a Speech

    • 5. Create Middle of Speech: Tree Method

    • 6. Create Opener & Closer

    • 7. Practice Session 1: Connect Blocks

    • 8. Practice Session 2: 5x Rule

    • 9. Bonus: Speech Day Tips

    • 10. Final Project

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About This Class

Public speaking is one of the top fears in the world. Luckily, it is a skill set that can be learned. Public speaking is a skill set that can be applied in your professional & personal life. A few uses for this skill can be:

-Presenting your ideas with confidence at work.

-Confidently presenting your best man speech at a wedding.

-Showing your expertise in presentation format a national conference.

You do not need any past public speaking experience to attend this course. The only equipment required is your phone camera.

This course will cover:

-What is public speaking?

-How to manage speech anxiety.

-The fundamentals of creating a speech.

-How to practice a speech effectively.

-Bonus speech tips to get ready on speech day.

Plus, you will be given a class project at the end of the course which allows you to participate and create and deliver your own speech.

Once you know the basics of how to create a speech, it becomes easier to present your ideas in work meetings, Zoom presentations, and conferences.

That's how public speaking can lead to you showcasing your experiences, gaining more promotion opportunities, and striking up more business deals.

Let's begin!

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Arman Chowdhury

Confidence thru Communication



Hello, I'm Arman Chowdhury. I am an engineer, public speaker, and writer who currently owns the company, ArmaniTalks. The ArmaniTalks company aims to help engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. 


A few of the core communication skills covered include public speaking, storytelling, social skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity.


Throughout my career, I have served in the hard skills fields of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering & systems design. Some of my experience with soft skills include serving as the External Vice President of my Toastmasters club, former communications chair of the Tampa BNI chapter, and publishing... See full profile

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1. Introduction: The fear of public speaking is extremely unfortunate because we're living in the most interconnected error of all time. This is the era where we're meant to communicate our ideas in order to entertain, educate, and inspire others. And that's exactly what we're going to do. My name is Armand rotary, the founder of Armani talks, a media company which helps engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with more clarity. One of the communication skills that I cover with my brand includes public speaking. Throughout my journey, I've served as the external Vice President and Recruitment Chair of my Toastmasters club, which is a public speaking cloak known globally. And it helps different individuals to manage their speech anxiety, to create a speech, and to deliver with confidence. The purpose of this course is to give you a lot of practical tips that you can use in order to demystify the world of public speaking. You can mitigate your nerves and express yourself and provide practical value into the marketplace. In this course, you're going to understand how to control speech anxiety. How to build a speech with a few repeatable tools. And in the end, you're going to get a class project, which is going to allow you to exercise all this knowledge and deliver a beautiful speech. Learn this information once, practice it many times, and it will be impossible to unsee it. I look forward to seeing you inside. 2. What is Public Speaking?: When you pick your speech, the very first thing you may think is u and an audience. I want you to understand that that sort of thinking is very flawed. Your public speaking all the time. You don't necessarily just need you and an audience. When you view public speaking in this regards, you start to treat public speaking as very separate act from your lifestyle. Public speaking is just that. The act of speaking in public. When you start to view it in this context, you start to view this skill set more so as a lifestyle. Having conversations that many public speaking, you speaking in front of an audience. That's macro public speaking. You speaking in front of a camera for your Zoom presentation. That also is public speaking. I want you to treat the skill set more as a lifestyle rather than a standalone act. The more that you viewed as this beautiful lifestyle, the more likely you're going to mitigate risk teachings ID. 3. What Causes Speech Anxiety?: In order to overcome speech anxiety, one of the smartest things that we can do is understand why it's being caused in the first place. Two reasons as to why. Number one, public speaking is something that you view yourself as not doing too often. But if you paid attention to the last slide, you do public speaking all the time. Could viewing it as something that you're rarely doing. Because anytime you are doing something very rarely and you're finally executing the task, there's always going to be some nerves. Did you ever have that one moment when you learned how to drive and you stop practicing and now you are told to drive in the car again. You're practicing too much so you don't feel confident in your skill set. And anytime there's a new environment that has been introduced, anxiety happens. So follow the tip I gave you in the last slide where you view public speaking as a lifestyle. That's one of the reasons. Now another reason that speech anxiety happens is because us as human beings, at a very primal level, we don't like a whole bunch of eyeballs looking at us. One of the reasons why was because for our ancient ancestors, on a whole bunch of eyeballs were looking at them at once. A pretty much indicated that they did something wrong and they were about to be ostracized from their tribe. So by simply bringing awareness to these little issues as to why you have speech anxiety. Suddenly, knowledge starts to make you feel fearless, or at least it's pushing you towards that direction. So think about this slide again. One of the reasons you have speech anxiety is because you rarely do the act of public speaking from what you thought. In reality, you public speak all the time. Keep reminding yourself of that. And another reason that you have speech anxiety, because at a primal level, you do not like eyeballs looking at you. But don't worry, you are not getting astrocytes from anything. All is good. Homie. And I'll give you a little tip. Stop calling the speech anxiety. Started call it speech, excitement. Anxiety and excitement at the same exact physical feelings, just different perceptions. The question is, Which perception are you going to choose? 4. How to Create a Speech: In terms of creating the speech, what we're gonna do is we're going to go for imperfection first. And then over time, we're going to keep on perfecting it. And the way that this works is that we're going to be creating the blocks of the speech. And during our actual practice session, that's when we're going to be connecting the blocks. So in the next video, I'm going to be teaching you how to create the middle of the speech and the video. After that, I'm going to be teaching you how to create the opener and the closer of the speech. By maximizing our understanding of the middle. The opener, and the closer just creates itself. So I'll see you in the next slide. 5. Create Middle of Speech: Tree Method: So to create the middle of the speech, we're going to be following formula known as the tree method. For a tree, There's three different variables that fall into it. One is the trunk, to are the branches. And the third one are the leaves. Trunk represents the main point of your speech. The branches represent the supporting points of your speech, and the leaves represent the sub points of your speech. Let's get started with the first part. The main point. Why is it that you are giving this speech in the first place? Who is it for? What are you trying to get them to do? And let me give you an example. Let's say the purpose of your speech is to prove to the audience members why cats make for better pets than dogs. And if you're a big dog fan, I don't judge me too much. I'm just giving you an example. And throughout the speech, you want to prove to the audience members as to why they should get a sweet little kitten? Well now you can start to play around with the main point of your speech, the trunk. Your goal is to be able to express this and simply one line. The purpose of my talk is to prove to the audience why cats make for better pets than dogs and why they should get it. Simply by being able to articulate this in one line. It becomes much easier to create the branches and the leaves. So let's work on one branch together. How exactly are you going to make this point? Let's say one of your branches is to say that cats require less maintenance than a dog. This makes more sense for the cat. Okay, so this is one of your branches. But can you really prove that, can really bring that concept to life with some of the leaves. Sure. At this point, you can cite some statistics, some data, some research. Bringing this leaf to life. You want to keep making sure that the leaves are detailed. It's painting this vivid imagery, making more of a case for each of the branches that you're including. Remember this, the more clear that you are for your trunk, the easier that each of the branches become to create. And once you create the branches, the leaves often present themselves because now you are just a few Google searches away. And this is pretty much speech building 101. You could create as many branches as you want. You can create as many leaves as you want depending on how big your speeches. But remember this, only one trunk. 6. Create Opener & Closer: So thus far, you have your trunk, branches and leaves. And now we're going to work on the opener. And the closer with the opener, you need two things. Number one, you need to grab the audience's attention. And number two, you want to paint the picture of the journey that you're going to take them on. So number 1, grabbing their attention. A lot of these people are going to physically be present. But mentally they're in Lala Land. They're thinking about their problems, their worries, their pets, et cetera. And it would be a shame if you work so hard on your presentation and nausea and paying attention. So to grab their attention, you can either tell a joke, you could provide a shocking statistic that relates to your speech in one way, shape, or form. You could do one of those. Raise your hand if scenarios, you could get creative with it. But the main thing with the opener is to grab their attention. Now once you have grab their attention, the next thing that you want to do is paint a rough picture of the journey that you're going to take them on. Imagine that you're a very busy kind of person. And your friend randomly comes to you and says, Hey, get in my car, we're going for a drive. You may get in the car. But if he told you where he's going to take you, the likelihood of you getting in the car skyrockets. And similarly, if you could sort of paint the picture, not giveaway every single last detail in the opener. Then it's much more likely that these people are going to pay attention. And just to give you a tip, always assumed that these people in the audience have this big sticker on their forehead that writes, what's in it for me. And with the opener, you are addressing that. Now the closer what you're doing is you're giving a summary of the journey that you just took them on. And then you are providing a call to action. And the call to action really depends. It could be such as, so tray, you go ahead and you adopt that cap from one of the examples that we were given earlier. And it can be something very simple and often even the call to action is optional. I do recommend it is because it solidifies a further engagement with the audience. So take some time to brainstorm and opener and a closer for your speech. 7. Practice Session 1: Connect Blocks: So for this practice session, so for this practice session, we're going to be doing a lot of connecting. Thus far. We have a lot of pieces. We have our trunk or branches, or leaves or opener are closer. We pretty much have a lot of the Lego pieces. But the Lego pieces by itself mean very little. We want to create this beautiful building. We want to create this beautiful speech. And what we're going to be doing for this section is we're going to be playing around, we're going to be experimenting. We're going to find different ways to go from our opener all the way to our closer with the branches and the leaves right in between. And you'll notice that a lot of the different times you're going to be using different words. You're going to be using a different style of energy. And every now and then, you may even notice, ha, I completely forgot to add this point. Or this point can be discarded. Go for it. You're not committing to anything yet. You're just experimenting more and more and connecting the speech and a very beautiful way until you find something towards your satisfaction. 8. Practice Session 2: 5x Rule: So once you have the right speech to your satisfaction, your next goal is to present your speech in front of the camera five times to perfection. A lot of the times you'll notice yourself either fumbling word for getting a certain point and you're thinking, I don't know if I'm doing a correctly shirt over, presented in a way where you feel confident and as you're presenting your ideas, I recommend that you watch back a lot of the tapes as well. Because every now and then, you may make certain body language quirks that you are not aware of. Every single time that you are messing up your starting all the way back over. Once you can get through your speech five times to perfection, you can stop practicing officially the speeches now in your subconscious mind and on speech day, you don't really have to think about it too much. You want to prepare in a way where you don't need index cards. And once you don't need index cards, you're able to be more present with the audience five times to perfection. 9. Bonus: Speech Day Tips: So you made it this far. You're showing commitment. And I want to give you some words of wisdom that will help you tremendously. Do not be practicing all the way up until your speech. Because now you're associating a lot of negative emotions to this beautiful act. Give yourself one to two days before the speech to just rest. Just chill and hang around. Some good people. Relax, okay, associate good vibes to the speech and Azure relaxing. Make sure that you get your clothes ready beforehand. One of the worst things that you can do is get your clothes ready on actual speech day. And this is when you're rushing frantically, tried to iron your clothes, find the right said, do your laundry. It's way too much of a hassle and that's going to amplify your speech anxiety as you're getting call on stage. 10. Final Project: Now it's time for the class project. What I want you to do is I want you to create a speech with a tree framework. Find a big point that you want to convey. Then create some branches and some leaves regarding the big point. And then once you're done with that, create an opener and a closer. And once you have the different blocks, I want you to go through the speech from beginning to end until you find different ways to configure the blocks in a beautiful way that works. Once you have that, I want you to record yourself in front of the camera five times to perfection. The fifth time that you get it to perfection, I want you to get that video and I want you to post it in the class project section down below, allow other people to see or a superstore public speaker that you are. If you enjoyed this class, I truly do appreciate you for sticking with me all the way from beginning to end. Hopefully you learned something new. And if you want to follow me for future content on Armani talks brand gone or money, which is going to have a lot of my blogs, books, podcasts, and much more. I look forward to hearing from you.