June 6, 2014

Public Speaking Tips on Free Audio & Video

Need to boost your confidence before that next speaking engagement? Have no fear, LearnOutLoud has collected the best public speaking tips on free audio & video. For years, we’ve been showcasing the best tips available to help you become a better speaker, and here you’ll find public speaking fundamentals, a breakdown of useful phrases to get you started, and a dissection of a masterpiece speech by Martin Luther King. Learn strategies that will help you make that next speaking gig go smoothly, clearly, and confidently by clicking any of the links below:

1. The Art of Public Speaking

Before Dale Carnegie penned How to Win Friends and Influence People, he co-author The Art of Public Speaking with Joseph B. Esenwein in 1915. This book has finally been recorded on audio by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox. The unabridged audio book runs 19 hours and contains 31 chapters for how to improve your public speaking. The last 15 sections of this audio book are real speeches by famous men to function as a study aid. Download this free self help classic available on Librivox.

2. Carmine Gallo: Three Secrets All Inspiring Messages Share

Carmine Gallo is the author of Talk Like TED and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. In this talk Gallo brings his message that if you want to inspire people with your message, then it has to be understandable, memorable, and emotional. He breaks down each of these three secrets. Gallo also reminds us that you’ve gotta have passion for your vision and what you are inspiring people to do. He uses examples from Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, and other business leaders about how to passionately communicate your message.

3. The Columbian Orator

Master public speaking with the classic work on oratory: The Columbian Orator edited by Caleb Bingham and published in 1797. This book contains many rules of oratory as well as dozens of great speeches throughout history. Widely used in American schoolrooms in the 19th century, this book was highly influential on many famous American speakers including abolitionist Frederick Douglass and politician Horace Greeley. The works of oratory included in this volume can be downloaded individually and include:

* Oration on Eloquence
* Speech in Congress, 1789 (Washington)
* Speech of a Roman General (P.Emilius)
* Exhortation on Temperance in Pleasure (Blair)
* Judah’s Plea for Benjamin before Joseph (Philo)
* Plea on behalf of Thomas Muir (Muir)
* On the Starry Heavens (Hervey)
* Paper, a poem (Franklin)
* Speech before the Roman Senate (Cato)
* Dialogue between Duellist, Savage, and Mercury
* Speech of an Indian Chief
* On the Creation of the World (Blair)
* Lines Spoken by a Little Boy (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1766 (Pitt)
* Scene from the Farce of Lethe (Garrick)
* Eulogy of Dr. Franklin (Fauchet)
* Epilogue to Addison’s Cato
* Self-Conceit, an Address by a small boy
* Dialogue between Howard and Lester
* Christ’s Crucifixion (Cumberland)
* The Wonders of Nature (Hervey)
* Dialogue on Physiognomy
* Oration at the Festival of Gratitude (Carnot)
* Address to the President of the United States (Adet)
* President’s Answer (Washington)
* The Oppressive Landlord, a Dialogue
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Mansfield)
* On the Day of Judgment (Davies)
* Christ triumphant over the apostate Angels (Milton)
* Slaves in Barbary, a Drama in two Acts (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Pitt)
* Plea Before a Roman Court (Socrates)
* Dialogue on Cowardice and Knavery
* Speech in the British Parliament (Sheridan)
* Extract from an Oration against Catiline (Cicero)
* Description of the first American Congress (Barlow)
* Speech of a French General (Buonaparte)
* Reflections over the Grave of a Young Man (Hervey)
* Scene from the Drama of ‘Moses in the Bulrushes’
* Speech of a Roman General (G. Cassius)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1784 (Erskine)
* Address to the People of the United States (Washington)
* Dialogue on the Choice of Business for Life
* Speech of a French General (Buonaparte)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1777 (Pitt)
* Dialogue between School-master and School Committee
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1770 (Pitt)
* On the general Judgement Day (Dwight)
* On the Works of Creation and Providence (Hervey)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1778 (Fox)
* The Conjurer, a Dialogue (Everett)
* Speech in the British Parliament, 1775 (Pitt)
* Speech of the Caledonian General (Galgachus)
* Modern Education, a Dialogue
* On the Existence of God, a Sermon (Maxcy)
* The Dignity of Human Nature (Burges)

Download this classic work of on public speaking as an MP3 download through ejunto.com.

4. Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Watch this course covering the Fundamentals of Public Speaking taught by professor Deborah Bridges at the University of Houston. This course contains 7 lectures and over 4 hours of instruction which cover beginning theory and practice of informative and persuasive communication. Professor Bridges sticks close to the textbook in this course covering essential areas of public speaking and teaching how you can improve your skills in this area. The course is available on streaming video through YouTube.

5. Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases

One of the most popular Librivox audio books on our site is Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser. This book’s subtitle is A Practical Handbook of Pertinent Expressions, Striking Similes, Literary, Commercial, Conversational, and Oratorical Terms, for the Embellishment of Speech and Literature, and The Improvement of the Vocabulary of Those Persons Who Read, Write, and Speak English. The book introduces the importance of the useful phrase and how best to use this book in building your vocabulary. It then dives into 15,000 useful phrases in alphabetical order. This 15-hour unabridged audio book is read by a group of volunteer narrators at Librivox, and is available on MP3 audio download. Expand and empower your use of the English language with this classic vocabulary-building text!

6. Art of Public Speaking: Share a Vision – Martin Luther King’s Dream

The Great Courses is offering this free video lecture from their course The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History. Professor John R. Hale uses Dr. King’s speech as an example of a great inspirational speech. He discusses the beginning of the speech and why it is not nearly as remembered as the final “I Have a Dream” part of the speech. He talks about how Dr. King invoked Abraham Lincoln and used Biblical phrasing in much the way Lincoln did in his day. And he mentions King’s ongoing optimism throughout the speech which helped to inspire the crowd. Professor Hale emphasizes points that you can use from the “I Have a Dream” speech to optimize your own public speaking ability.

7. The Public Speaker’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills Podcast

Listen to over 100 free podcasts on The Public Speaker’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills Podcast. Hosted by Lisa B. Marshall, these 10-minute podcasts nail home topics such as how to introduce yourself and remember names, how to use body language, how to improve conversations, and how to calm your nerves before that big public speech. And she’s an excellent speaker!