Perfecting the Art of Public Speaking

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This is an introductory course into the study and practice of the principles in strategic, confident, and credible public speaking. Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people. It is one of the most valued skills that a person can possess. The aims of public speaking are to inform, convince, influence, persuade or entertain. The course combines a number of teaching techniques including a variety of oral presentation experiences, including special occasion, personal experience, panel discussion, impromptu, debates, communication games, informative and persuasive speaking with specific focus on anxiety management, speech design, active listening, communication ethics, diverse audiences, and dynamic delivery.

Participants will practice to control their voice (pitch, intonation, and rhythm), use gestures, mimics, and eye contact with the audience. Students will be asked to give an array of speeches that will enhance their appreciation of and comfort with the art of elocution. Through oral assignments and written assignments, we will cultivate strong critical reasoning, analytical, and argumentative skills. The course will meet for 6 weeks, for a total of 12 class periods, each class lasting 3hrs, adding up to 36 total classroom hours.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Deliver a presentation effectively
  • Build confidence in giving presentations
  • Engage and involve the audience successfully
  • Develop successful strategies to manage difficult situations and people
  • Prepare and structure a presentation for maximum impact
  • Develop a specific action plan to build skills and confidence
  • Apply a series of basic guidelines to deliver formal & informal presentations
  • Define the purpose of their presentations based on the expected outcomes
  • Prepare a variety of presentations, and produce effective openings
  • Identify and apply a series of effective questioning techniques
  • Feel more confident about speaking in public through rehearsal and practice
  • Design evidence and visual aids, structure bridges and transitions from subject to subject, and deliver a memorable closing

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The course combines a number of teaching techniques including lectures, guest lectures by those with special competences in sub fields, class discussions, group work assignments, oral presentations, role playing, evaluations of actual real life events and projects.


Oral Presentation

Each student will be required to deliver oral presentations as part of this class.


The following is the Grading Policy being used –

  • Introductory Speech (4-6 minutes) 10%
  • Speech (5-7 minutes) 10%
  • Persuasive Speech (5-7 minutes) 15%
  • Commemorative Speech (4-6 minutes) 15%
  • Impromptu speeches - Personal experience speeches - Vocal variety presentations – 5%
  • Current Affairs Debate (2hr) 35%
  • Class Participation – 5%
  • Class Attendance – 5%

Special Note on Attendance:

Public Speaking is a performance course. Full attendance to all sessions is mandatory. Time missed or extensive late or absences from class results in students missing integral aspects of the course and may incur grading penalties.


The Facilitator

Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton

Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton is a professional production coordinator, with experience in film, theatre and events management. Because she works in the television and film industry, she has a unique ability to construct and facilitate organized teams, interface with public agencies, and network with key stakeholders.

Ms. Wills-Caton holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management and is pursuing her masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Forensic Counseling. She volunteers at several Non-Government Organizations in relation to mental illness and substance abuse and is often facilitating workshops in communication, events management and counseling skills.

Ms. Wills-Caton is an advocate for social change and is working towards the development of mental health awareness campaigns and to provide training for companies and families affected by mental health issues. She currently manages a mental health page on facebook (Trinidad and Tobago Mental Health Awareness) and will be producing mental health short films in the near future.

Programme Manager

Mr. Jude Bernard
Phone: 796-2140
E-mail: jbernard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Offering

DayTimeDurationTuition CostLecturer
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30pm to 8:30pm 4 weeks (24 contact hours) (8 x 3-hour sessions) $1,000.00 Ms. Leslie Ann Wills-Caton


Class Schedule

NoStart DateEnd Date
1 Tuesday 8th March 2016 Thursday 31st March 2016
2 Tuesday 10th May 2016 Thursday 2nd June 2016
3 Tuesday 5th July, 2016 Thursday 28th July 2016
4 Tuesday 6th September 2016 Thursday 29th September 2016
5 Tuesday 8th November 2016 Thursday 1st December 2016



Fees payable to CTSCBCS Registration Fees & total cost of tuition $1000 TTD, payments can be made via credit card, linx or manager's cheque.


Materials and Equipment

Required Text

The Art of Public Speaking, 11th Edition
Author(s): Lucas, Stephen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Copyright year: © 2012 Pages: 480


*The texts are not included in the cost.



No formal prerequisites required.

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