Speak out!

According to Bertrand Périer, a lawyer and public speaking lecturer, “Show me how you talk, I'll tell you who you are.” In this challenge, he’ll explain how to make a better first impression, get your ideas across and speak persuasively with conviction. With the art of public speaking, you’ll stand out from the crowd and give your career a boost.

10 lessons

Challenges

Challenge is a professional Bootcamp to get you at the top of your game. We’ve chosen these speakers carefully, so you have no excuses when it comes to giving your career a boost. Every day, you’ll get a new episode aimed at coaching you on a specific theme such as stress management, productivity, remote working, or public speaking.

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Lessons

10 lessons

Finding your true voice
Finding your true voice

Art can be defined as a creative activity such as painting, sculpture, dance or music. While these disciplines certainly require some raw talent, they are developed through technique and skill. And the art of speaking is no different: it takes time and effort to become an effective communicator.

Lesson 1 • 4mn
Making the most of non-verbal communication
Making the most of non-verbal communication

Communication is not just about the words you use, but your body language as well. In this episode, Périer introduces nonverbal communication as a way to set the stage for successful public speaking. From the way you hold your body to the issue of eye contact, he provides tips on how to make an impact on your audience.

Lesson 2 • 4mn
Harnessing your fear
Harnessing your fear

Your speech is good to go and your posture is perfect, and yet you’re still a nervous wreck. Don’t panic. According to Périer, stage fright is a positive sign because it shows you want to get things right. In this episode, you’re given a new challenge: harness your fear. Instead of fighting it, make it work for you.

Lesson 3 • 4mn
Boot camp for your voice
Boot camp for your voice

Whether your voice is deep or high-pitched, it’s the key to successful delivery. And just like an instrument, using your voice takes practice. Well-timed silences and variations in speed and intensity are all great ways to hook your audience. In this episode, Périer uses the actor Fernandel to show you how to harness the power of your voice.

Lesson 4 • 4mn
Structuring your argument
Structuring your argument

You may not have thought about speech writing since leaving school. But putting together a great speech will build up your confidence and make your arguments more convincing. For Périer, since every speech requires its own unique structure, mastering the art of storytelling is the secret to effective communication.

Lesson 5 • 4mn
Knowing when to wing it
Knowing when to wing it

Périer is convinced of one thing: effective public speaking draws its power from the present. He calls this phenomenon “the miracle of improvisation”. In this episode, the trained lawyer tells you how to free yourself from the written word so as to experience your speech in real-time and engage with your audience directly.

Lesson 6 • 4mn
Convincing when it counts
Convincing when it counts

Whether interviewing for a job or asking for a raise, there comes a time in your professional life when every second counts. And when time is of the essence, your words and body language must make a convincing argument. In this new episode, the public speaking expert helps you prepare for the tests that can make – or break – a career.

Lesson 7 • 4mn
Giving the perfect pitch
Giving the perfect pitch

Meetings aren’t always a breeze, especially with interruptions and loose agendas thrown into the mix. In this episode, Périer teaches the art of pitching with the “POST-IT” method. But he’s not just talking about sticky notes: this is an acronym for six key points. The objective? Ensure that your voice is heard loud and clear in every meeting.

Lesson 8 • 4mn
Persuading with power words
Persuading with power words

Every great speech is founded on sound arguments. In this episode, Périer provides some tips on identifying the most effective arguments, developing them with various techniques and connecting them all together. And with his “buzzer” method for avoiding forbidden words, your speeches won’t get watered down with pointless filler words!

Lesson 9 • 4mn
Communicating effectively under pressure
Communicating effectively under pressure

What is the best way to argue your case in a crisis? In this episode, the lawyer gives us his final tip on how to be persuasive under pressure. To illustrate, he turns to the example of live media: due to time constraints and strict industry rules, journalists must be rigorous, accurate and concise to convince their audience.

Lesson 10 • 4mn
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