Leaders That Listen Public Speaking Curriculum

Coaching Guide


Every public speaker and emerging leader needs a “coach” who can help them refine their ideas, polish their oral delivery, and anticipate the needs of their audience. The resources in this toolkit are applicable to all forms of public speaking covered in this curriculum (storytelling, presentation, advocacy, and debate), as they help coaches become mentors who can establish the positive culture and meaningful relationships necessary to building confidence. Use these resources to improve the learning culture, provide better feedback, manage time effectively, encourage peer coaching and youth leadership, and inspire confidence. If you are an educator who is interested in teaching a public speaking elective course, there is also an example public speaking college course syllabus in this toolkit!

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Resource 1: Coaching: Establishing and Sustaining a Culture of Talk


This essay describes how coaches can shape a culture that supports everyone and what indicators to look for over time.

Resource 2: Conditions for Equitable Voice: What to Say and Do


Use these tips as suggestions for the kinds of words and actions that contribute to a more equitable learning environment.

Resource 3: Self-Assessment of Coaching Mindset and Skills


Self-assess key mindsets and skills related to coaching public speaking, including approaches to facilitation, pedagogy, and relationship-building.

Resource 4: Coach Learning Plan


Use this graphic organizer to identify and prioritize goals related to being a better public speaking coach.

Resource 5: Trajectory of Speaker Skill Development


This resource describes how public speaking skills progress over time for youth and adults, with examples of relevant activities and routines.

Resource 6: Example of Public Speaking College Course Syllabus


See what a semester-long, college-level public speaking course looks like, including weekly objectives and assignments.

Resource 7: 10 Techniques to Promote Confidence and Early Success


Use these teaching techniques to help students feel successful as they work on their public speaking skills.

Resource 8: Helping People Contribute: Facilitation Moves to Improve Communication


Use these tips to help students feel comfortable and facilitate equitable discussions where everyone can fully participate.

Resource 9: How to Coach Better Speaking Delivery


Explore do’s and don’ts for coaching delivery, including areas to coach, behaviors to examine, and pitfalls to avoid.

Resource 10: How to Coach Speech Writing


Explore do’s and don’ts for coaching speech writing, including areas to coach, questions to ask, and pitfalls to avoid.

Resource 11: Do’s and Don’ts of Oral Feedback


This resource covers principles and tips for effective feedback as well as behaviors to avoid.

Resource 12: 12 Tips for Time Management


Use these tips to effectively cover desired content and manage your time to help as many students as possible.

Resource 13: How to Run a Public Speaking Practice


Use these tips to effectively cover desired content and manage your time to help as many students as possible.

Resource 14: 7 Steps for Peer Coaching and Student Leadership


These steps can be used by students or teachers to incorporate more one-on-one, peer-to-peer coaching.

Resource 15: How Friends and Families Can Coach Speakers


This list includes ways that friends and families can provide support, including drills, comments, warm-ups, accountability, and moral support.

Resource 16: Before the Final: Inspiring Speaker Confidence


Use these reminders to prioritize work that helps students feel confident leading up to a final performance.

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