7. Public Speaking

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Introduction/ Methodology

This module is written and narrated by Chris Malherbe, English@Work, Germany.
Vocabulary list by Learnmera Oy, Finland.
Cartoons, layout and video by Boris Stoyanov, e-Training Solutions, Germany.


This training has been designed for anyone who wants to speak publicly before a group of people. You will learn and acquire tools and techniques that make you a more effective, polished and accomplished presenter. It is designed for anyone from the intermediate (B2) level of proficiency in English and upwards. The skills you acquire in the self-help training can also be transferred to your native language.

This self-help learning module is suitable for you if:

• You are anxious or nervous when speaking before a group of people
• You have a tendency to go on tangents when speaking in public
• You have difficulties preparing and structuring your presentation
• You don’t know what to do when speaking in public
• You are not sure how to be persuasive

Required level of English language proficiency to read and understand this module:

B1 or higher

Based on: Europass Language Passport


7.1:    Set the Agenda and begin practicing
7.2:    Your Communication & Presentation Profile
7.3:    The Basics of Delivery
7.4:    The Importance of Body Language
7.5:    Practice Pre-presentation Warm-ups
7.6:    Give a bad presentation to increase awareness
7.7:    The importance of preparation and how to do it right
7.8:    The Seven Steps of a Presentation
7.9:    Practice giving a presentation using a simple theme trail
7.10:  Use the right language
7.11:  Be creative
7.12:  Use rhetorical devices
7.13:  Enhance your message through visualization
7.14:  Answer questions convincingly
Appendix 1: Organizer – Road Plan
Appendix 2: Useful Phrases
Appendix 3: Feedback on Presentations

Estimated time to complete the module:

8 hours


Upon completion of this module you will:

• Be able to prepare a good presentation
• Know how to structure your presentation
• Be sensitized to the expectations of your audience
• Learn tools and techniques to involve your audience
• Be aware of non-verbal communication techniques


This E-learning book is an open educational resource. It uses open-source technology and multimedia. It is mobile-friendly and device-independent. It is delivered online but there also is an offline version. The self-help learning program is designed for individual learners to work on their own and includes practice activities. It can also be used in a classroom as part of a facilitator-led training program.

The program includes mini-inputs and demonstrations as well as activities for self-reflection and practice. It is important that participants reflect their past communication experience. For the training to be effective, participants are encouraged to form a small group (of 4-6 persons) in their social network who are also interested in improving their public speaking skills in English. Because the practice activities involves self-disclosure it is very important to maintain a safe atmosphere within the group.

This module is also available in short form as a video lesson:

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