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

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Overcome Obstacles
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,…
Practice Your Delivery
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…
Be Yourself
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…
Find Your Humorous Voice
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…
Make It a Story
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…
Use the Power of Three
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…
Build a Logical Case
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,…
Paint Pictures in Words
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,…
Focus on Your Audience
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…
Share a Vision
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…
Change Minds and Hearts
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…
Call for Positive Action
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:…

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Call for Positive Action - Lincoln at Gettysburg
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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.
Overcome Obstacles - Demosthenes of Athens
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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.
It’s Your Call - Telephone Customer Service Skills
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Leading with Persuasion
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Ever have a great idea but couldn't get anyone to listen? These days success at every level of business depends not only on good ideas, but on the ability to communicate them. Good ideas need somebody to lead them through the process, somebody skilled at persuasion. "Leading with Persuasion" demonstrates…
Fear of Feedback by Myra Strober & Jay Jackman
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Giving feedback to your subordinates can improve their performance and make you look better as a leader. Receiving feedback can enhance your career and make your job more rewarding. Yet there is often a two-way conspiracy of silence that subverts honest feedback and causes a downward spiral of destructive behaviors.…
Share a Vision - Martin Luther King's Dream
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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.
The Values-Based Leader - With Harry Kraemer
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Program Highlights
  • The four essential principles of values-based leadership.
  • How to identify your core values and what matters most to you.
  • Focus on doing the right thing rather than being right all the time.
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Work Place Excellence: Innovation & Continuous Improvement
Inspire everyone to be creative, offer suggestions and make improvements:
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  • Ask your employees
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Dealing With Difficult Behaviour
Difficult behaviour in the workplace can increase stress and absenteeism, lower productivity, damage morale and do great harm to your company's image. In this video a presenter takes you through 2 different dramatised scenarios featuring difficult behaviour. Interactive pause breaks encourages group discussion about the ways viewers could handle the…
Managing Me
Part of the Series: Business Skills Collection
As the leader of any group, problems are inevitable. So...how do you react? Do you lead with your gut...or your head? This is the dilemma that the host of "Managing Me" grapples with. When problems arise at work, he can choose to react with either impulse or reason. As each…
Would I Work For Me?
Part of the Series: Business Skills Collection
Trying to get the most out of the people you supervise, trying to get them to go that extra mile, isn't easy. But most employees will tell you that what affects their productivity more than anything else is their immediate supervisor. The video, "Would I Work For Me?" demonstrates a…
Three Keys to Becoming a Great Leader
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
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Susan Packard's three keys to great leadership: leaders are connected, leaders keep their organizations fresh, and leaders show courage. Easier said…