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Certificate in Public Speaking & Presentation Training

Since ancient times public speaking has been used as the medium to bring about change within organizations and community. Public presentations are one of the basic skills in the workplace and in the community. Salespersons are asked to sell products to groups; managers are called upon to motivate employees. Community organizers must recruit neighbors for civic engagement. Lobbyists and politicians rally support through speech for their causes. Friends call upon one another to share a toast at weddings, an appreciation at a retirement dinner, or a eulogy for a loved one at a funeral.

Giving a presentation involves learning to think on one’s feet. Awareness of verbal and nonverbal tools enhances a speaker’s credibility and skills. Audience analysis and use of visual aids are essential tools. Critical thinking and analysis of the public discourse of other communicators help to shape the eloquent communicator. Yet communication is not just a visual display it is an ethical act that involves responsible interaction between the communicator and the wider community.

Career areas for speakers include:

  • Law
  • Politics and Community organization
  • Ministry
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Education
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Group Sales
  • Fundraising and Development

Kean University’s Certificate in Public Speaking and Training is specifically designed to offer practical opportunities for the professional to practice giving speeches while at the same time learning the theoretical principles that guide speech formation. Students will develop rhetorical critique skills by evaluating presentations of exemplar presentations from political, civic, religious, entertainment, and business leaders. At the same time they will have an opportunity to have their own work critiqued by communication scholars who have studied speech-giving and have been professional speakers.

Many people experience anxiety when asked to give a speech. Students will learn basic skills for coaching speakers and helping others to reduce anxiety and increase communication competence. They will learn to give constructive feedback that will enhance speaking and leadership skills. Learning speaking skills helps to build confidence. It helps a person to become more analytical of the communication that occurs in groups while becoming a better listener. Persons skilled in speech-giving are competent in discussion and in situations where they are expected to think on their feet. Students in this program will develop skills to not only give public presentations but to critique the communicators of our day. Speech training raises consciousness of the world around us because it encourages communicators to become reflective of perspectives other than their own and to motivate for change.

Students can take one course over three semesters to earn this certificate. The three courses can be transferred to the M.A. in Communication Studies.

Fast Facts:

  • 9 credit hours required for completion
  • designated to meet the needs of the working professional
  • finish the program over three semesters
  • courses are taught by experts
  • courses may also count as electives toward master’s program in Communication Studies

Admission:

There are two admission tracks available: Credit and Non-Credit. Individuals applying for credit status must show evidence of a bachelor’s degree (any area) from a fully accredited college or university. A bachelor’s degree is required for non-credit status applicants. Exceptions are made with consultation from the program advisor. Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Professional Development Hours are available for non-credit as well as credit applicants.

Course Descriptions:

Comm 5590: Business and Technical Presentations
An introduction to the principles, practice and importance of oral presentations within business and professional settings. Application of presenting informative and persuasive reports and research.

Comm 5013: Motivational Speaking Practices
A focus on a broad study of formal and informal speaking and listening skills when business, corporations public and governmental agencies, including creating a professional image and corporate strategies and tactics.

Comm 5014: Speech Writing and Presentation Training
Writing and delivering written texts using rhetorical devices and dealing with communication apprehension in the delivery of presentations. How to encourage others to deliver speeches.

Contact

Dr. Christopher Lynch
Department of Communication

908.737.0464
clynch@kean.edu