Elements of Eloquence

Learn the Art of Speaking With Substance and Style

When asked to give a speech, do you look forward to the opportunity? Not many people do. If you are like most people, the prospect of giving a speech or oral presentation of any sort unleashes a torrent of unpleasant emotions, from anxiety, to dread, to sheer panic.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Speaking to an audience can be as simple as speaking on the telephone once you learn what all effective speakers know: a good speech is good conversation, whether seated or standing. Once you learn to speak with an audience instead of to them you’re well on your way to being an effective speaker.

This is one of the many proven strategies I have successfully taught to business communicators worldwide. Among the other topics I cover:

Getting started quickly and simply
Learn how to research your topic and write your speech.

Presenting with confidence and poise
Learn what the audience expects from you and how to meet those expectations. Learn why stage fright is not necessarily your enemy and how to use it to your advantage.

Increasing comprehension and memorability
Learn how to keep the audience focused on your message. (And then remember it.)

Delivering your message with style
Learn to use a desirable rate of speech, volume, and rhythm.

Overcoming “humor-phobia”
Learn to find and use appropriate, relevant, and timely humor to anchor your points.

Length of program: 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours.