Public Speaking

By Prof. Binod Mishra   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 14072   |  Exam registration: 5315
Speaking has since ages been an innate human quality. In a contemporary globalized world, effective public speaking has become crucial both at individual and organizational levels. Public speaking as verbal talent posits itself as a “cause” with clear motive to “effect” the intended audience. It enables the speaker to have direct impact upon the audience and thus makes it an effective medium to exercise in diverse situations. However, not all the speakers are able to create the intended effect through their act of speaking due to their unfamiliarity with speech techniques and delivery nuances. Many of us, though competent enough, often feel anxiety about speech when called upon to speak in personal and public domains such as interviews, presentations, meetings, conferences, group discussions and many speaking related challenges in the present day ever changing corporate world. The purpose of this public speaking course is to develop the speech and personality of learners in order to convert them into confident, committed and effective speakers. The course will serve as a guide to various forms of public speaking with relevance to numerous emerging situational contexts and provide an overall development in speech delivery in a perspicuous manner.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students pursuing their degrees, job aspirants and professionals.

PREREQUISITES: Anyone interested having the basic knowledge of written and spoken English is eligible to enrol for this course.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: TCS, Infosys, P&G, Wipro, HCL Technologies, L&T Infotech

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to the Course
Week 2: Prerequisites for Public Speaking
Week 3: Converting Ideas into Action
Week 4: Public Speaking as a Performative Act
Week 5: Use of Non-verbal in Public Speaking
Week 6: Types of Public Speaking
Week 7: Speeches: Types and Demonstrations
Week 8: Interviews
Week 9: Meetings and Conferences
Week 10: Oral/Professional Presentation
Week 11: Creative Use of Language in Public Speaking 
Week 12: Etiquettes and Mannerism in Public Speaking

Books and references

  1. Davidson, Jeff. The complete guide to public speaking. Breathing Space Institute, 2003.
  2. Goleman, Daniel. Working with Emotional Intelligence. London: Banton Books. 1998.
  3. Hall, Calvin S. et al.  Theories of Personality. New Delhi: Wiley. rpt. 2011.
  4. Holtz, Shel. Corporate Conversations. New Delhi: PHI. 2007.
  5. King, Dale. Effective Communication Skills: The Nine-Keys Guidebook for Developing the Art of Persuasion through Public Speaking, Social Intelligence, Verbal Dexterity, Charisma, and Eloquence. Hamatea Publishing Studio, 2020. 
  6. Kumar, Sanjay and Pushp Lata. Communication Skills. New Delhi: OUP. 2011.
  7. Lucas, Stephen E. The Art of Public Speaking. McGraw-Hill Book Co. International Edition, 11th Ed. 2014.
  8. Sharma, Sangeeta and Binod Mishra. Communication Skills for Engineers and Scientists. New Delhi: PHI Learning. 2009, 6th Reprint 2015. 
  9. Thorpe, Edgar and Showick Thorpe. Winning at Interviews. Pearson Education. 2004.
  10. Turk, Christopher. Effective Speaking. South Asia Division: Taylor & Francis. 1985
  11. Zarefsky, David. Public speaking: Strategies for success. Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated, 1999

Instructor bio

Prof. Binod Mishra

IIT Roorkee
Prof. Binod Mishra, presently a professor in the Department of HSS, IIT Roorkee, has been teaching English for more than two decades at various levels. He has to his credit 25 books and more than a hundred articles published in different reputed journals and books. Learners from all across the country have well received his MOOC courses on Soft Skills and Effective Writing. He has also addressed the participants in around a hundred invited talks at various conferences and symposiums. Besides being an engaging teacher and a competent researcher, Dr Mishra is also a passionate poet. Currently, he is the Vice Chairman of the Association for English Teachers of India, the largest body of English teachers. Before this, he had twice been the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of English Studies, one of the oldest English language and literature journals.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 
29 October 2023 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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