The Art of Public Speaking

Learn how to prepare, craft, and deliver a great speech with this unique course that explores the principles of public speaking by examining the greatest speeches from history.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Great Courses has some excellent lectures. But this isn't one of them. I did not learn anything new. I found it very hard to stay focused. It was not what I thought it would be.
Date published: 2021-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first lecture, had to capture my attention to continue. I enjoyed the history of Demosthenes, and learned how to say his name. Winston Churchill was supposed to be one of our greatest speakers? And I wonder how many jesters from the book of public speaking did Abraham Lincoln actually use? I am learning...and enjoying it. Thanks.
Date published: 2021-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Public Speaking Really enjoyed this lesson. The instructor displayed not only information but displayed real emotional content. The lessons here will continue to have rippling effects for those who learn the lessons.
Date published: 2021-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Truly great course.I recommend to all. Great content, great presentation. All can benefit from this.
Date published: 2021-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely, one of the best courses I've taken. One of my goals this year in working towards being a great Orator and moving my Leadership business to the next level included this course.WOW!! I will probably listen to these 12 lectures on a regular basis as a foundation to remind me why speaking is so important in everything we do, as a motivational reminder why this goal is so important to me. The professor taught with such poise and knowledge on the subject leaving you to wonder why we have so much fear of public speaking. After this course you'll find yourself saying: "I can do this," " I got this,"
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very clear presentation. The professor’s selection of quotes from “guest composers” was entertaining and profound. His lectures were wonderful examples of the best public speaking. I especially liked the reference to Cicero’s analysis of the components one must consider before public speaking. Each lecture is a gem.
Date published: 2018-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from All of them Dear Folks, 1. You could drop the canned applause on the courses (it gets mind numbing). 2. Regarding the disk numbering -- for those of us that are car users -- suggestion you change it at least to have a big disk number and very small lecture number. It takes time to sort out the two numbers when swapping out disks, and I am not sure anyone pays attention to or needs to know the lecture number Tom
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent course One of the best presentations from the Great Courses. Presenter is terrific and excellent examples of how to be a better public speaker. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-10-11
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Overview

Improve and enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and other great orators in The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Delivered by frequent lecturer and distinguished historian Professor John R. Hale, these 12 engaging and accessible lectures offer you helpful insights into preparing for public speaking, crafting a great speech, and handling your audience. His course is your guide to the secrets of this essential skill, an insider's look at what makes history's enduring speeches unforgettable, and an invaluable reference tool you can use any time you have to speak your mind.

About

John R. Hale
John R. Hale

The most important record of religious history resides not in books and sacred texts but buried in the earth.

INSTITUTION

University of Louisville
Dr. John R. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. Professor Hale teaches introductory courses on archaeology, as well as more specialized courses on the Bronze Age, the ancient Greeks, the Roman world, Celtic cultures, the Vikings, and nautical and underwater archaeology. An accomplished instructor, Professor Hale is also an archaeologist with more than 30 years of fieldwork experience. He has excavated at a Romano-British town in Lincolnshire, England, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal. Among other places, he has carried out interdisciplinary studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famous Delphic oracle, and participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the time of the Persian Wars. Professor Hale has received many awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award. His writing has been published in the journals Antiquity, The Classical Bulletin, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American.

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Trailer

Overcome Obstacles-Demosthenes of Athens

01: Overcome Obstacles-Demosthenes of Athens

Here, Professor Hale outlines the goals of the course. Then, he introduces you to Demosthenes-the ancient Greek orator whose life and career illustrates how practice, hard work, memorization, the acceptance of early failures, and other skills are essential to overcoming obstacles from stage fright to speech impediments.

33 min
Practice Your Delivery-Patrick Henry

02: Practice Your Delivery-Patrick Henry

Key to effective speaking is using your voice and body to reinforce your meaning. Using examples from Patrick Henry, Oliver Cromwell, Winston Churchill, and others, learn how the power of a speech lies not so much in words as in vocal and physical elements like tone, pitch, facial expression, and posture.

30 min
Be Yourself-Elizabeth I to Her Army

03: Be Yourself-Elizabeth I to Her Army

In order to make the deepest possible connection with your audience, it's essential to talk about yourself. This lecture provides you with advice on opening up to people about yourself-your experiences, your emotions, even your weaknesses-with some lessons taken from speeches by Elizabeth I and Sojourner Truth.

30 min
Find Your Humorous Voice-Will Rogers

04: Find Your Humorous Voice-Will Rogers

Learn how to use humorous techniques such as hyperbole, incongruity, and surprise-even when your speech is of the utmost seriousness. The secret of effective humor, as speeches by Will Rogers and others show, is to ensure that each laugh makes a point and focuses your audience's attention on the topic.

31 min
Make It a Story-Marie Curie on Discovery

05: Make It a Story-Marie Curie on Discovery

Turn now to a series of lectures on composing effective speeches. Here, investigate the benefits of organizing information into a story to give your details weight and vividness. One powerful example of this concept at work: Marie Curie using storytelling to explain the complexities of radium-and to make them memorable.

31 min
Use the Power of Three-Paul to His People

06: Use the Power of Three-Paul to His People

What is the power of three? And why is it so important to writing a great speech? Find out as Professor Hale unpacks the 13th chapter from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to demonstrate why a speech-and the examples and anecdotes it uses-should be planned in threes.

31 min
Build a Logical Case-Susan B. Anthony

07: Build a Logical Case-Susan B. Anthony

Logic should always guide the sequence of your thoughts, whether you're giving a sermon, a corporate report, or a birthday toast. Discover how to avoid digressions, offensive statements, contrarian views, and other pitfalls that may disrupt the logic of your speech, with examples from Susan B. Anthony, John Stuart Mill, and Chief Joseph.

31 min
Paint Pictures in Words-Tecumseh on Unity

08: Paint Pictures in Words-Tecumseh on Unity

Narrow your focus to the individual words and phrases you use in your speech-each of which can make your topic unforgettable. With the help of Tecumseh, Homer, Aesop, and others, examine ways to create and use evocative images, avoid mixed metaphors and hyperbole, and more.

30 min
Focus on Your Audience-Gandhi on Trial

09: Focus on Your Audience-Gandhi on Trial

Now that you've learned how to overcome obstacles and prepare, it's time to learn the essential elements of actually giving a speech. Here, Professor Hale uses famous historical figures, including Gandhi and President Kennedy, as models for how to deliver your speech to-and connect with-specific audiences.

34 min
Share a Vision-Martin Luther King's Dream

10: Share a Vision-Martin Luther King's Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech is one of the most iconic speeches in modern history. More important: It's the perfect example of a speech with the power to inspire. In this lecture, discover ways to articulate and share your personal vision with an audience.

33 min
Change Minds and Hearts-Mark Antony

11: Change Minds and Hearts-Mark Antony

Sometimes, you may find yourself speaking before an audience who needs to be persuaded about your point of view. Discover invaluable tips for swaying emotions and opinions by appealing to sentiments, repeating facts, and using props-just like Mark Antony does in his unforgettable speech from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

29 min
Call for Positive Action-Lincoln at Gettysburg

12: Call for Positive Action-Lincoln at Gettysburg

Finish the course with a look at what Professor Hale considers the greatest speech ever written: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Two powerful lessons you can take away from Lincoln's words: Include a clear call to action near the conclusion of your speech, and always craft a strong ending.

33 min