Public Speaking – Culips ESL Podcast

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Public SpeakingMost people feel nervous about public speaking, and it’s a difficult thing to do in any language. Greta, one of our listeners, suggested this idea for an episode and we went with it! Harp and Maura talk about their own experiences with public speaking and also share some advice on how to do it well. Does imagining the audience naked really work?

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Maura: So, you can say that you’re going to give a talk. That’s one way of talking about public speaking. Another verb that you could use, another expression, is to make a speech.
Harp: Yes. To make a speech. To give a speech and to make a speech—it’s the exact same thing; it means that you’re gonna go in front of people and you’re going to do some public speaking.
Maura: Yeah. To make a speech is really when you’re speaking. If you’re preparing for the speech that would be you’re writing the speech or you’re practicing the speech. But if you make a speech, you’re actually speaking in front of people.
Harp: So you could say to make a speech or to give a speech. And this is much more formal. When you talk about a speech, I imagine someone standing in front of an audience, maybe behind a podium, very formal and they have very specific things they want to say.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To be fishy A tip
To warm up To give a talk
TED Talks To make a speech/To give a speech
To speak A talk vs. a speech
Practice makes perfect A rant
Stressful, stressed, stressed out Public speaking tips
A hook To get past something
Cue cards/Index cards The naked audience theory
There’s a method to your madness

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips ESL Podcast, Photo: Brandon Atkinson

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  1.' Faith says:

    Learning all of the expressions and phrases that we use in English is probably one of the hardest things for ESL learners. There are so many different ways of saying things it’s hard to know the right one and the correct way to use it.

  2. Maura says:

    In my experience learning French, I can agree with you that using expressions naturally is one of the hardest things. Practice Makes Perfect! When we do use the expressions properly, it’s very satisfying!

    Culips English Podcast

  3.' Amr Wady says:

    Hello Maura,

    Thanks a bundle for sharing your experience.

    I liked this episode because I delivered a presentation last week, it was great one and I got lots of benefit from this episode. Especially the link to TED TALK. Thanks a million.

  4.' Amr Wady says:

    Hello Maura,

    You are my rock. I got a lot of benefits from your site and thanks a million. Have a nice weekend.


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