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A Basic Guide to Public Speaking

This guide is intended for anyone interested in improving their public speaking skills. My aim is to simplify a subject that many people find overwhelming. I have condensed what I believe to be the most relevant information into this post.
Public speaking became an important part of my life out of necessity. My first speech class was stressful and overwhelming. I had severe speech anxiety and was frustrated by my inability to express myself with clarity and confidence. 
I set out to gain as much knowledge and experience as possible. I completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in communication studies. I delivered numerous speeches through Toastmasters International. Now, I teach college level public speaking courses as an Adjunct-Instructor.
Throughout this time, I have coached hundreds of students and evaluated thousands of speeches. I remain committed to improving my own speaking skills while also helping others along their journey towards becoming competent communicators.
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Persuasive Speech Presentation, Outline, & PowerPoint Example

I've put together a full sample persuasive speech of value. I argue that prevention is more important than treatment in healthcare. See the sample presentation, along with the outline and PowerPoint. 

Persuasive Speech Example:
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Persuasive Speech PowerPoint Example - Direct Download
Good luck with yours!

Prevention is the Best Medicine
I. (Attention Getter) Benjamin Franklin moved to Philadelphia as a young man. He noticed that the city was ill-prepared for fires. So he worked with various groups to implement a serious of basic preventative measures that, along with the creation of a volunteer-led fire-fighting team, greatly improved fire-safety standards in Philadelphia. He wrote about this in a letter to the newspaper, saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” as recounted on a website associated with the Independence Hall Association.
II. (Introduce Topic) In our era, the biggest danger we face is chroni…

Informative Speech Presentation, Outline, & PowerPoint Example

The informative speech is required in every speech class. It's a challenging assignment, so I thought it might be helpful to provide a sample speech with some related files.

I've included a sample informative speech, delivered via YouTube, along with a sample outline, and an accompanying PowerPoint file. I wasn't sure how to incorporate PowerPoint in an online video, so I've just added that separately.

Sometimes, you just need to see a finished product to help you get started - so here they are:

Informative Speech Example

Informative Speech Outline Example - Direct Download
Informative Speech PowerPoint Example - Direct Download
Hopefully this helps!

What Makes a President
Thesis Statement: Thomas Jefferson’s influence was born out of a great love of nature, knowledge and the world
I. (Attention Getter) “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among th…