Exciting News: I'll Be Teaching a Public Speaking Course Online This Fall

I'm excited to announce that I will be teaching a public speaking class online this fall. I'll be testing out the innovative, new tool Udemy.com, an online platform that connects students with fascinating and highly-educational courses. Entitled, "Oral Communications: Public Speaking Made Easy," my class will be a great opportunity for you to learn some quick tips surrounding how you can overcome your fears, while becoming a more effective communicator. As a journalist and a communications buff I can't stress how important it is to work through the angst that so regularly accompanies the oral communications process.

I teach a number of sections at a New York City-based college each Fall, but with Udemy, you'll actually be able to participate right from home. The cost for the class will be between $100 and $150, but in the coming weeks I'll be offering a coupon code to my Twitter followers.

Stay tuned to my blog and Twitter account, where I will announce the exact start date (it will be mid-to-late September) and more about the discount.

While the syllabus and content are still being worked out, here's a snapshot of some of the subjects I'll be covering:


Introduction to Public Speaking

  • An introduction to public speaking
  • Key oral communications terms (include sheet)

Steps to Preparing a Public Speech

  • Review 10 steps
  • Selecting your topic, purpose and thesis
  • Understanding your audience
  • Working through your thesis and main points

The Public Speech Outline

  • Working through the outline
  • Public speaking patterns

Informative Speaking

  • Review of informative speaking
  • Three types informative speaking in-depth (define, describe, demonstrate)
  • Possible topics and theses

Persuasive Speaking

  • Review of persuasive speaking
  • Three types of persuasive speaking in-depth (fact, value, policy)
  • Possible topics and theses

Wording Speeches and Information Gathering

  • Getting your wording right

Listening and Criticism

  • The importance of listening
  • Learning to take critique

 Citations and Notecards


Feel free to send me a message on Facebook or Twitter if you're planning to take the course. Would love to have you!