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Public Speaking Expert Certificate Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Public Speaking Expert

It’s rare to find a management or mid-level position these days that doesn’t involve public speaking. While this may not always be a traditional speech made before a captive audience, public speaking is at the heart of every day operations for many organizations. Moreover, in today’s technology-driven workplace, communications, presentations and demonstrations given online to colleagues or potential clients are not only effective tools, but essential to success in many positions. The ability to articulate ideas, communicate clearly in a professional forum and introduce new concepts to broad audiences is essential to professional success. Public speaking is essential to success in any sales or management role, but will also prove extremely useful for any professional looking toward advancement in their current position.

The Public Speaking Expert Program

The Public Speaking Expert program helps students to set themselves apart from their peers and colleagues with polished, professional presentation skills that will be tapped by superiors for a variety of presentations, from bringing in prospective clients and ultimately close deals. This valuable program provides students with a basic understanding of public speaking and how to prepare and present a variety of speeches. Good public speaking skills are extremely rare and successful students will absolutely be set apart from their colleagues should they master the sills offered in this program. With particular attention paid to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, this program will ensure students understand how to enhance a presentation through this medium.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of public speaking and speech delivery principles
  • Analyze the delivery of other students’ speeches
  • Perform audience analysis tasks
  • Prepare speech topics and outlines
  • Select supporting materials and presentation aids in speech preparation
  • Prepare each of the components of a speech
  • Prepare a variety of different speech types
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Describe basic communication principles
  • Describe basic public speaking principles
  • Apply methods for relieving communication apprehension to build speaker confidence
  • Prepare an introduction speech


  • Describe concepts associated with the importance of listening
  • Describe types of listening
  • Describe the listening process
  • Describe methods used in evaluating speeches
  • Perform an introduction speech


  • Describe concepts related to different types of audiences
  • Employ audience analysis techniques
  • Devise strategies for adapting to audience feedback


  • Use tools and techniques for refining speech topics
  • Prepare purpose statements and thesis statements for speech topics
  • Apply standard methods for creating fully developed speech topics


  • Explain the roles of supporting materials in speeches
  • Describe possible uses for different types of supporting materials
  • Use a variety of resources for locating supporting materials


  • Summarize organizing methods and patterns for creating speeches
  • Describe standard practices and methods for creating engaging speech content
  • Demonstrate effective use of organizational patterns


  • Describe concepts and issues concerning outline content
  • Prepare detailed and well-planned outlines


  • Summarize concepts and challenges specific to informative speeches
  • Prepare an informative speech
  • Perform an informative speech


  • Identify the basic principles of effective verbal and nonverbal communication in speech delivery
  • Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication when delivering a speech
  • Identify the audience and environmental variables that influence speech delivery


  • Describe concepts and issues related to the use of presentation aids
  • Apply a range of techniques for creating different types of presentation aids
  • Demonstrate how to incorporate presentation aids successfully into a speech


  • Summarize concepts and challenges specific to persuasive speeches
  • Prepare a persuasive speech
  • Perform a persuasive speech


  • Summarize concepts and issues specific to ceremonial speeches
  • Prepare a ceremonial speech
  • Perform a ceremonial speech

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program  will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.