Public Speaking: Speaking Under Pressure

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This course is aimed at improving your skills and learning new techniques that will give you the persuasive edge when you are making a presentation, fielding difficult questions, or presenting complex information.




About the Course

This course has been designed for those in positions where they must speak in front of audiences that are hostile or demanding. This material is also suitable for those who are relatively new speakers and want some encouragement on speaking up in meetings, or who want some training before they begin making presentations on behalf of the organization.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the courses.

Elements of the course:

  • Practice activities
  • Quizzes
  • Reference materials
  • Final assessment

Course Chapters

  • What is Speaking Under Pressure?
  • Planning
  • Force Field Analysis
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Controlling Your Jitters
  • Making Your Listener Hear You
  • Structuring Ideas
  • Our Body Language
  • Beginnings and Endings
  • Expanding a Presentation

Course Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Apply quick and easy preparation methods that will work whether you have one minute or one week to prepare.
  • Prepare for questions, even before you know what those questions will be.
  • Overcome any nervousness you may feel when speaking in front of a group, particularly if the group is not sympathetic to what you have to say.
  • Use presentation techniques that establish your credibility and get people on your side.
  • Know how to provide excellent customer service

Recommended Background

This course has no required pre-requisites and is designed for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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