Public Speaking: Speaking Under Pressure

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About Public Speaking: Speaking Under Pressure

This course has been designed for those in positions where they must speak in front of audiences that are hostile or demanding. This material is also suitable for those who are relatively new speakers who want some encouragement to speak up in meetings or who want some training before they begin making presentations on behalf of an organization. Speaking under pressure, or thinking on your feet, means being able to quickly organize your thoughts and ideas, and then being able to convey them meaningfully to your audience to modify their attitudes or behavior. It applies to formal speeches as well as everyday business situations. Speaking under pressure requires presence of mind, goal orientation, adaptation, and judgment. It also requires differentiating between oral and written communication.