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Public Speaking Videos

Adapting to the Audience

There are many ways that you can adapt your speech to your audience. You will want to consider what you can do before the speech, during the preparation phase, and finally what you can do during the speech.

Analyzing Audience/Research

In a commencement speech, Ann Curry mentioned alumni who attended a different college with the same name. Her preparatory research was not thorough enough.


Ann Curry's Commencement Speech

Connecting to Your Audience


The Big Bang Theory - Penny tries to teach Sheldon how to relax his body language to help him connect better with his audience.

Speaking Extemporaneously

Extemporaneous speaking is un-memorized speaking that has been thoroughly planned, prepared, and practiced in advance. Think of it as conversational thinking/speaking. You have still put in the amount of preparation necessary to organize your thoughts, but instead of reading or reciting your speech to your audience, you adopt a conversational quality and tone. Every time you present the speech you will communicate the same major ideas, but you may use different words to express those ideas.

Dress/ Analyzing the Situation

Many people criticized Justin Bieber for showing up to a national ceremony with the Canadian Prime Minister dressed so "casually" - he (Bieber) was being presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Extended Examples

Group Presentations

Hypothetical Examples

Impromptu Speech

New Year's Eve - Claire must give an impromptu speech to explain/stall when the ball gets stuck. This is a great example of thinking on your feet and keeping an organized thought process. She ends up inspiring many!

Introductions and Conclusions


You can be sure your language is vivid by being concrete, using figurative language, and even using rhythm devices.

The speakers in the following 2 clips use a combination of concrete and figurative language, as well as rhythm devices.

Using Figurative Language



Tom has created specific terms for food. Leslie is part of his group of people, so she knows and understands what he means.


Try to use language your audience is more familiar with to replace jargon they may not understand.

The Difference Between Slang and Jargon


Slang/Jargon/Lingo - Restaurant Jargon

Using Plain Talk

The instructor uses plain talk to explain how to do this new Bollywood workout.


Active Listening

Ray struggles to be an active listener.

Effective Listening

Outlining and Organizing

Phrasing the Central Idea

Your central idea should be incorporated into your introduction as you see in the clip below.

Process Speech


Pope Francis accidentally changes a word and uses the Italian for a profanity instead. This illustrates the importance of knowing correct pronunciations and practicing them so that you can speak the intended word(s) clearly, correctly, and confidently. While in this example the crowd was forgiving of the flip, that will not always be the case and can hurt your credibility with your audience.


The following clips illustrate how important it is to pronounce words correctly. Not only does the mispronunciation distract the audience members who know better, it also diminishes the speaker's credibility with those audience members.

*In this clip, the mispronunciation cost the contestant a huge prize.

Speaking with Conviction

Speaking to Inform

Special Occasion Speech

Speech of Introduction

Awards Presentation

Award Acceptance

Rizzoli and Isles - Jane's eulogy for Frost is a perfect example of one type of commemorative speech (speech of celebration).

Wedding Toast



Using Statistics

Verbally Citing Your Sources


Researching and Citing Sources: Part One


Researching and Citing Sources: Part Two

Visual Aids

The following tutorial guides you through several tips to help you create and use effective visual aids. Please check with your instructor on individual requirements for the use of visual aids in your class.


Steve Jobs uses a well-designed visual aid for his presentation.

Senator Conrad utilizes visual aids to further emphasize his points, demonstrating how effective visual aids can enhance a speaker's message for the audience.


The following clips illustrate the variety of visuals a speaker may use and how to use them effectively.

Using a Model

Using a Photograph

Presenting a Chart

Presenting a Graph

Using a Speaker's Body


What Not To Do With Your PowerPoint


What Not To Do In A PowerPoint


Presentation Aids


Designing Effective Visual Aids


Using Visual Aids

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