The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

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While at home over Thanksgiving break, my father gave me an early Christmas gift:

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History is part of The Great Courses lecture series and is taught by Professor John R. Hale from the University of Louisville.  With 12 lessons on speech anxiety; delivery and authenticity; storytelling; the power of three; audience analysis; and persuasion based upon historical speeches, I can’t wait to dive into this two-disc film.

Tomorrow, my students are presenting their first TED Analysis presentations, and afterward, we’re going to discuss audience analysis.  I’m hoping lecture 9 called “Focus on Your Audience – Gandhi on Trial” will fit right in with our class discussion.  As soon as I watch the entire 12 lesson set, I’ll be sure to do a review!

Do you watch any video lectures on presentation?  Who presents your favorite DVDs on public speaking?

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