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Whether at a work meeting or a family gathering, public speaking can be intimidating. While practice can help, there are techniques that people can learn to become an effective communicator. Sharpen your skills with online public speaking courses.

What is public speaking?

Public speaking is the act of giving a speech or presentation to a live audience with the goal of informing, persuading, or entertaining. There are many communications specialists who have trained specifically to act in public or media-facing capacities. However, professionals in nearly every field are tasked with public speaking every day to their colleagues, customers, and constituents. While many may find public speaking stressful or uncomfortable, being able to communicate effectively with others is a soft skill that can benefit anyone. 

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Why is public speaking important?

Being an effective speaker can help leaders in business, community, organizations, government, and other settings. Effective communication helps deliver necessary information that can have significant implications. For example, when a dangerous weather event is approaching an area, leaders must be able to provide clear information that directs communities on how to act in their best interest. Or when a company is plagued with a scandal, executives must communicate a plan of action to remedy the situation and do so confidently to ensure that shareholders continue to believe in their leadership. 

Various learning opportunities are available for online learners who want to improve their skills and grow more comfortable speaking publicly. Courses can focus on executing presentations, delivering speeches, and debating, or they may provide instruction on specific skills such as maintaining eye contact and improving body language. edX makes it easy to explore all available learning options.

Careers in public speaking

From politicians to priests, people in any career can benefit from strong public speaking skills. And, it’s a skill that can be used both professionally and personally. Explore online public speaking and other self-development courses with edX.

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