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Overcome Obstacles—Demosthenes of Athens

Lecture no. 1 from the course: The Art of Public Speaking

Overcome Obstacles—Demosthenes of Athens

Taught by Professor John R. Hale | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Professional Development Courses

Here, Professor Hale outlines the goals of the course. Then, he introduces you to Demosthenes—the ancient Greek orator whose life and career illustrates how practice, hard work, memorization, the acceptance of early failures, and other skills are essential to overcoming obstacles from stage fright to speech impediments.

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June 1, 2017

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September 5, 2016

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r********m
August 21, 2016
It contained material that was relevant for this course. Pointers were given and observations were made. Writing a great speech is fundamental to all speeches and unfortunately, the modern speaker (Presidents, Deans, etc) have speech writers. They will sometimes edit the speech, and rewrite, but it is not the same as writing on a blank piece of paper. I have heard some great speeches and watched some debates (boring). They are just sound bites. No originality or precision of language, just jargon and catering to their audience. I have just started on Toastmasters and believe this will help me in the years ahead. Thank you, Professor Hale. Keep it coming.

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