John R. Hale

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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…
Practice Your Delivery - Patrick Henry
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 a speech lies not so much in words as in…
Be Yourself - Elizabeth I to Her Army
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 - your experiences, your emotions, even your weaknesses - with…
Find Your Humorous Voice - Will Rogers
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 Will Rogers and others show, is to ensure that each…
Use the Power of Three - Paul to His People
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 to the Corinthians to demonstrate why a speech - and…
Build a Logical Case - Susan B. Anthony
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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, and other pitfalls that may disrupt the logic of your…
Make It a Story - Marie Curie on Discovery
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 example of this concept at work: Marie Curie using storytelling…
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…
Focus on Your Audience - Gandhi on Trial
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 Gandhi and President Kennedy, as models for how to deliver…
Change Minds and Hearts - Mark Antony
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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 sentiments, repeating facts, and using props - just like Mark…
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…
Paint Pictures in Words - Tecumseh on Unity
Part of the Series: The Art of Public Speaking
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, and others, examine ways to create and use evocative images,…
The Art of Public Speaking - Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
Improve and enhance your public-speaking skills with time-tested techniques and strategies used by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and other great orators. Delivered by frequent lecturer and distinguished historian Professor John R. Hale, these 12 engaging and accessible lectures…
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