Elocution and Public Speaking (EPS)

There are three key elements to a persuasive presentation: a clear structure, strong body language and physical presence, and the creation of powerful visual images in the minds of the audience.

We can trace the origins of modern public speaking back to ancient Greece and Rome. Of course, those societies didn’t have any of the electronic conveniences we’ve got today to help with public speaking (no slideshows). But they did have a need for public speaking and developed public speaking methods that are still studied today. The ancient Greeks, in particular, used public speaking primarily to praise or persuade others, public speaking in the time of the Greeks was called rhetoric. Later, when Rome came to power, public speaking was used during the sessions of the governing body—the Roman senate. The Romans adopted the public speaking rhetoric methods of the Greeks. In fact, most public speaking teachers of the time were Greek.

If you ask most people, they’ll probably say they don’t like public speaking. They may even admit to being afraid of it, since fear of public speaking is a very common fear. Or they may just be shy or introverted. For those reasons, many people avoid public speaking if they can.

If you’re one of those people who avoid public speaking, you’re missing out.

Over the years, public speaking has played a major role in education, government, and business. Words have the power to inform, persuade, educate, and even entertain. And the spoken word can be even more powerful than the written word in the hands of the right speaker.

Whether you’re a small business owner, a student, or just someone who’s passionate about something—you’ll benefit if you improve your public speaking skills, both personally and professionally


  • Become skilled at giving motivational and impromptu speeches through workshops on movement, posture, composure, gesture and body language.
  • Overcome stage fright.
  • Develop self-confidence.
  • Be adept at making punchy and catchy openings and closing
  • Speak with flawless grammar
  • Speak and present with eloquence

Elocution and Public Speaking (EPS)


Poise School of Communication