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Introduction to Writing Speeches and Presentations


Designed for people who want to develop skills in preparing speeches and presentations, this course covers the three basic types of speeches (Narrative, Informative, and Persuasive) and how to write them.

Coursework focuses on the anatomy of a speech, the three basic types of speeches and the elements that go into making each one effective. Also, it touches on visual aids and what speech writers need to learn about their audience in order to write a speech that "reaches" it.

Students will get the opportunity to write three speeches and have them critiqued by the instructor. In addition, students will read two famous speeches and look at how the wording helps them to get their message across.


At the end of the course students will will be able to:

  • Write a narrative speech
  • Write an informative speech and understand the pros and cons of using certain visual aids
  • Write a persuasive speech and understand what motivates people and how to apply that to their speeches
  • Understand how word choice can make a speech more effective


Students will be assessed by:

  • A written exercise
  • Writing a narrative speech
  • Writing an informative speech
  • Writing a persuasive speech

course quick facts
course code DED403
cost $69.00
estimated time to
complete course
12 Hours
course materials
4 Weeks

A freelance writer with over 1000 published articles, Elsie Walker has written for a variety of publications, including: Women’s Circle, College Bound, Fiddler Magazine, and Women Alive! She has written for Recorder Publishing and Gannett Publishing; however, presently, Elsie writes for several New Jersey newspapers. Elsie is as well a technical writer who specializes in user guides, a type of technical writer who takes information and translates it into easy-to-understand text for the layperson. She teaches a number of online courses in technical writing, writing certification, and writing speeches.


"Its wonderful going through this and my instructor was wonderful and always there for me. I am very impressed" - CHIJIOKE IKOKWU