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Public speaking and Debate

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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesPublic speaking and Debate

Communication is like an echo, "it returns everything you say". Become an effective communicator. Learn to communicate like an expert.

Communication is key to personal and professional success. We must be aware that the important thing in communication is not what we say, but what our interlocutor understands.
Communicating effectively allows us to reach goals that were not possible before: from presenting ourselves to a large audience, presenting projects, negotiating and resolving conflicts, and even learning to sell the best products: ourselves.
We must be aware of how IMPOSSIBLE ITS IS NOT TO COMMUNICATE and, therefore, the key is: How to communicate what I want?

How not to communicate what I do not want? Knowing how to answer these questions becomes essential, as everything communicates, and communication is like an echo "it returns everything you say."
If you want to acquire solid and reliable training to be able to communicate as a true expert, this public speaking and debate course is YOUR COURSE because communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or knowing how to swim. What we have to learn, we have to learn by doing it...

Learning objectives

  • 1. Become aware of the importance and scope of all the elements that influence communication.
  • 2. Learn to make a good first impression and take advantage of second impressions.
  • 3. Know the communication tools that allow one to convey greater credibility and build trust.
  • 4. Know what the key elements of persuasion are and how to put them into practice.
  • 5. Master nonverbal language and assertive communication, managing emotions and silences.

Contents of the Subject

Public speaking and Debate

  • 1. Communication as a key to being competitive: discover effective and high impact behaviors.
  • 2. Know each other better to communicate better: understand our way of communicating and discover the challenges that we must overcome in order to be effective communicators.
  • 3. Overcoming stage fright as a key to success: leaving the comfort zone and transforming fear into an ally.
  • 4. Emotional intelligence: identify emotions and recognize their role and influence in communication.
  • 5. Nonverbal and gestural communication skills: synchronize verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • 6. Persuasive communication: arguing as a key factor (ARE 2 + 1 system).
  • 7. Debate as an ideal scenario to practice and learn to be effective communicators.
  • 8. Storytelling in debate as a tool that allows us to tell stories and generate closeness with the interlocutor.
  • 9. The argument in the debate and how to use it as a tool to say "no" and position ourselves in a decision.
  • 10. Analysis of plot lines as a mechanism to redirect situations effectively.
  • 11. Keys to designing highly effective messages: learn how each scenario demands a specific formula.
  • 12. Listen to understand and persuade: discover the art of asking and listening to get involved and take action.
  • 13. Communicate when I know they do not share my opinion: learn to influence with integrity.
  • 14. Practice as a key to success: discussion sessions where students will be the protagonists.


profesora Professor of Public speaking and Debate

Geraldine Bethencourt Rodríguez