Training for Public Speaking: 6 Pillars of Communication

Each student will be expected to take a deep-dive into their own creative speaking process, in addition to learning the fundamentals of what it takes to be an effective public speaker.

Course Requirements

Each student will be expected to take a deep-dive into their own creative speaking process, in addition to learning the fundamentals of what it takes to be an effective public speaker.

Course Description

Learn the ins and outs of public speaking, while developing valuable tools and questions to ask after developing your own style!

In this course, Emmy-award winning sportscaster and professional speaker Bob Rathbun will go step-by-step through the World of Public Speaking! Whether you are organizing a presentation, getting ready to be interviewed, or planning an in-house presentation, Bob will take you through all the details in preparing and delivering the perfect speech that will entertain your audiences and make you a hero with meeting planners!

Learn from someone who has been on stage and on network television for over 30 years!

Why You Will Want To Take This Course

This course offers students of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop and focus their public speaking skills. Whether you are looking to become a professional speaker or you were tapped to speak in front of your co-workers, Bob will teach the skills you need to engage with your audience and develop your message to the world.

Topics will include:

  • Developing your ability to connect with the audience
  • Crafting a speech
  • Incorporating social media into your brand
  • Planning the day of your speech
  • Rehearsal tips and tricks
  • Engaging emotionally with the audience

What You Will Learn

Students will learn how to prepare, deliver, and promote their public speaking skills in such a way that they learn how to develop their own styles by using Bob’s expertise with over 30 years in the Broadcasting and Speaking Industry.

  • What to research when beginning to write your speech
  • Planning for your event day
  • How to use a microphone effectively
  • Developing your own style and confidence
  • Which critical errors to avoid that disconnect you from your audience
  • How to conduct an interview
  • What’s the right way to move on-stage?

Who This Course Is For

This course is for beginners, intermediate public speakers, or anyone looking to advance their own skills and techniques. Whether you are just starting out and are terrified of the thought of speaking in front of your peers or if you are comfortable behind the microphone, Bob’s insight into the industry will show you numerous tricks and secrets to a successful speech.


Course Curriculum

Total learning: 62 lessons


One of the NBA's most recognizable and decorated play-by-play announcers, Bob Rathbun enters his 25th season as the television play-by-play voice for the Hawks. Rathbun will call all of the games on the Hawks' FOX Sports Southeast package. He is the longest tenured TV play-by-play man in the franchise's history.

Rathbun has earned a variety of significant broadcasting awards during his career. Rathbun has won 10 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including one in 2015 for the Hawks vs. Los Angeles Clippers broadcast on December 23, 2014. In 2012, he earned Georgia Sportscaster of the Year honors from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Most recently, Rathbun received the Positivity in Broadcasting Award in June 2017, from Positive Athlete Georgia.

Rathbun's basketball work has touched nearly all of the major broadcast outlets. His NBA work has earned him opportunities to call games for TNT and NBA TV, after a collegiate resume that includes stints with CBS (NCAA basketball tournament), ABC, and ESPN (college basketball plus college football and the College World Series).

Rathbun has served as the college basketball play-by-play announcer for the ACC Television Network through Raycom Sports since 1988, and he has called games for both the ACC and the SEC on Fox Sports South since he arrived in Atlanta in 1996. He is also the network's play-by-play voice for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

With an extensive sports background, Rathbun's broadcasting career has earned him eight Sportscaster of the Year honors (Virginia: 1980-82, 1985, 1988-89; Georgia 1998, 2012), a Distinguished Service Award from the ACC (1994), and a Distinguished Alumni Award from Catawba College (1988). He was inducted into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

His baseball resume includes 10 years as Fox Sports South's voice of the Atlanta Braves, three seasons on radio in Detroit with the Tigers, and part-time work on Baltimore Orioles' TV broadcasts.

Rathbun, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Catawba College (1976), and his wife Marybeth have two children, Court and Grace.

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