Boost your public speaking skills!

Help students build confidence in personal & professional communication.

Does speaking in front of groups of people make you nervous? Do you know how to write an effective speech or how to calm stage fright? The “Public Speaking Skills & Drills” online course offers valuable tips and techniques on how to deliver effective speeches and oral presentations. K-12 educators seeking professional development hours can refresh their oral communication skills and help students build confidence speaking in social and professional situations. This self-paced class is delivered online and does not require attendance in a physical location. The course is offered all year round without date or clock time restrictions. However, participants receive 90 days of access to complete the course after registration. In order to receive a certificate, all lessons must be completed at 100% before the course expires in 90 days after registration.

  • ADE ID CODE: 3287082100000
    FOCUS AREA: K-12 Content
  • This course has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) for K-12 educator professional development, and is worth 6 PD hours that count toward your teacher licensure requirements.
  • View approval status on our website.

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Discover your public speaking style & how to respectfully express your personality.

  • #2

    Learn how to critique professional speakers to further enhance your own style.

  • #3

    Learn to effectively deal with nonresponsive audiences & Q&A sessions.

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment. You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides

  • Clear oral communication strategies
    Engaging, effective instruction
    6 PD hours

  • Duration: 90 days, 24/7 Access

  • Certificate of Professional Development

Course Curriculum

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  • 1

    Getting Started

    • Welcome!

    • Viewing the Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

  • 2

    Speeches vs. Presentations

    • Video: Speeches vs. Presentation

    • Slides: Speech vs. Presentation

    • Quiz

  • 3

    Calming Anxiety

    • Video: Calming Anxiety

    • Slides: Calming Anxiety

    • Quiz

  • 4

    Speaking Styles

    • Survey: Identify Your Style

    • Video: Speaking Styles

    • Slides: Speaking Styles

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Delivery Skills

    • Video: Delivery Pt. 1

    • Slides: Delivery Pt. 1

    • Video: Delivery Pt. 2

    • Slides: Delivery Pt. 2

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Diction Exercises

    • Video: Diction Drills

    • Slides: Diction Drills

    • Audio: Diction Drills

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Speech Critiques

    • Video: Critique

    • Slides: Critique

    • Survey: Critique

  • 8

    Nonresponsive Audiences

    • Audio Slides: Nonresponsive Audiences

    • Audio Slides: Answering Audience Questions

    • Quiz: Nonresponsive Audiences

  • 9

    Before You Finish

    • Student Writing Resources

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review


  • Why is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Yes. As an educator earning professional development hours, you have 90 days to complete this course from the date you register.

  • Why are there no refunds?

    All enrollments are final. No refunds. Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your communication skills. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    When students have completed ALL lessons, they will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after finishing the class, not to exceed 7 days after class completion, depending on holidays and high class volumes. Certificates will be sent to the email submitted during the registration process.

Your Instructor

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: