Public Speaking Training Online? What Good Can Come from Practicing a Presentation Online.
I was talking recently to a college professor who is teaching public speaking in a “blended” learning environment. I didn’t get the impression that it was his idea but portions of the class were conducted online rather than in a traditional classroom.
I must have involuntarily made a face because he said, “I know, it seems a little strange. A public speaking class — online. But one thing I notice is that the students, who had to record their speeches online for me to watch, the students recorded and re-recorded their speeches several times to get it right. I think they’re influenced by television, where filming always comes out perfectly.”
Unexpected Presentation Benefits – Filming Your Speech for a Grade
I was fascinated by the fact that his students probably rehearsed their presentations much because of this approach. I’m guessing that his students rehearsed their speeches more than my students did when I taught public speaking.
Because increased repetition generally makes for a better speech, it made me reconsider the idea of teaching public speaking in a blended environment.
Practicing Online & Recording Yourself
A couple of years ago, I partnered up with a Presentation Gym
and have coached others online using Skype, but nothing like what the professor was describing.
Bravo to the colleges willing to give something new a try — and in the process, inspiring the rest of us to challenge our assumptions!
How Will Technology Help You Give a Better Presentation?
I guess the moral of the story is you never know how a new application of an existing technology is going to help improve your presentation!
So the challenge is yours now! Will you record and re-record yourself to improve your presentation?
Love to hear how it’s going and how you’re applying technology to make your presentations better!! Add your notes in the comments below!