World's Best Public Speaking Training ?

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I do speak in Public.

What I'm looking out for is an intensive and interactive Training which can make me a pro in public speaking.

I can dedicate about 6 months to an year full time. Something which involves reading, speech content preparation and delivering the speech throughout the program. The US or UK are preferred.

here is one I have considered :

Speech: Harvard Extension School

I would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you in advance
#public #speaking #training #world
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    Toastmasters is suppose to be "the" speaking organization may be worth participating in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    Originally Posted by Craig Desorcy View Post

    I recommend
    Toastmasters International - Home

    Went through the whole program and loved it.

    Craig
    Hi Craig,

    How long is the Toastmaster's program? I know it's ongoing, but how long does it take to go through the training and get up to speed?

    I went to the first introductory meeting last Tuesday but it was canceled because of the snow storm here in New York.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Ron Douglas View Post

      Hi Craig,

      How long is the Toastmaster's program? I know it's ongoing, but how long does it take to go through the training and get up to speed?

      I went to the first introductory meeting last Tuesday but it was canceled because of the snow storm here in New York.
      Ron, if you go through the basic course at one project per week, it will take about ten weeks. Odds are, though, if you have an active club it will take more because other members will be doing the same thing and there is only so much time in each meeting.

      On the other hand, things like Table Topics, doing evaluations, and such, are quite valuable by themselves.

      Once through the basic manual, there are many specialty manuals, each with around six projects.

      To the OP:

      You might also want to look into training offered through the National Speakers Association in the USA. It's an organization that caters to professional speakers.

      John "Competent Toastmaster" McCabe
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Fladlien
        My favorite part of toastmasters was table topics. Other than that I thought it was a waste of time. The critiques you get on your speeches are useless in my opinion. They focus on the MINOR things like "connectors", use of stage space and ums and ahs.

        There is almost NO attention to relating the content of the speech to the audience which is, in my opinion, the MOST important part of public speaking (if you're selling, that is.)

        Every million dollar in sales speech I've witnessed would've been critiqued to shreds by toast masters, but it sold like crazy because of the message of the speech (the content) was targeted perfectly to the audience.

        On the other hand if you want to get paid to deliver speeches where you don't sell stuff, then toast masters is an okay vehicle to polish your skills so you can master all of the little stuff

        An interesting tidbit, as I have sold a lot of product via public speaking - being "polished" usually decreases sales because you come across as too smooth, and therefore harder to relate to from the general audience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    Another vote for Toastmasters! I've been a member for four years and it's really the best and cheapest way to train at Public Speaking.

    You need to be active though, and sign up for speeches and various speaking roles. That's the only way to get the most out of it. At $120 per year, it's a great deal!
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Jason, you have a valid point. Many of the evaluators take on the role of critic, rather than evaluator. And many evaluators tend to be 'Mrs. Wombat' types. I always took more stock in my observed reaction from the audience, while not totally discounting the evaluators. They mainly aided me in identifying bad habits that sneaked in.

      Appearing too polished can be the result of not understanding the reason for giving a speech. I've seen speakers that looked quite unpolished, and if you only heard the talk once, you would swear they were talking off the cuff. See the talk a few times, and you might notice that they stumbled over their words in the exact same place every time. They'd make the same lame joke every time, knowing it would flop, so they could "aw, shucks" the audience onto their side, etc.

      Some of those seemingly off-the-cuff talks were the slickest I've ever seen...
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    My favorite part of toastmasters was table topics. Other than that I thought it was a waste of time. The critiques you get on your speeches are useless in my opinion. They focus on the MINOR things like "connectors", use of stage space and ums and ahs.
    I see what you're saying but there are LOTS of clubs, some better than others. I happen to belong to a great club with very savvy evaluators. They've been pretty helpful.

    They have specialty manuals that focus on different things, even sales speeches. You can then have your evaluations catered to your specific speech objectives.

    Of course, the best part about it is the practice you get from just getting up there and speaking. Great for those not use to it and want to become better at it.
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