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Communication & Public Speaking

Course Overview

90% of pastors believe that they are in the top 10% of communicators. This course helps you to develop as a communicator and gives the student tools and concepts that will help them to not plateau as a speaker. Each practical lesson is forged from experience from real world communication in prisons, churches, schools, conferences, camps, etc. Students will be challenged to grow themselves, as well as communication skills. By implementing the principles in this course, students will find their audiences to be more engaged, responsive, and connected to them as a speaker.

"So what do you do when you are stuck?

The first thing I do when I am stuck is pray. But I’m not talking about a quick, Help me Lord, Sunday’s a comin’ prayer. When I get stuck I get up from my desk to head for my closet. Literally. If I‘m at the office I go over to a corner that I have deemed my closet away from home. I get on my knees and remind God that this was not my idea, it was His…

None of this is new information to God…

Then I ask God to show me if there is something He wants to say to prepare me for what He wants me to communicate to our congregation. I surrender my ideas, my outline and my topic. Then I just stay in that quiet place until God quiets my heart…

Many times I will have a breakthrough thought or idea that brings clarity to my message...

Like you, I am simply a mouthpiece. Getting stuck is one way God keeps me ever conscious of that fact."

I love this book because of its applicability to communication in any setting, whether it be in the church, in business, or in education. There are a few fundamental concepts in the book that help students make substantial improvements to their communication. As an added bonus, the book is fresh and innovative in comparison to many books in this space.

What will I learn ?

Course Objectives

Head (Cognitive) – After completing this course you will…

  • Understand the connection between who you are and the message you speak.
  • Know the key components of what takes a talk from ‘good’ to ‘great’.
  • Identify high-level communication techniques.

Heart (Affective) – After completing this course you will…

  • Be inspired to impact people’s lives via effective communication.
  • Enjoy a deeper connection with audiences/listeners.
  • Appreciate the many ways that God uses the medium of public speaking.

Hands (Conative) – After completing this course you will…

  • Gain skills as a compelling story-teller.
  • Develop competence in moving the audience towards desired result or ‘ask’.
  • Grow in effectiveness with the intentional use of proven audience engagement techniques.

Course Ingredients

The course consists of: 

5 lessons

Up to 5 hours of video content

Interaction with several learning activities/quizzes

Requires completion of 1-2 assignments
(For credentialing with ACOP or for
Eston College’s future accreditation of online learning)

Some of the suggested books for this course will be available on Scribd. 
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