Prepare for public speaking

This unit has been developed forthe Sport Industry Training Package.This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to prepare and deliver a talk, including the structure and the communication skills required.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria

Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance Criteria


Prepare for public speaking


Select information relevant to the audience


Organise the talkand use appropriate language to convey a clear expression of ideas


Present a talk to a public forum


Deliver the talk in an audible manner


Deliver the talk in a manner that engages and holds the audience's attention


Develop ideas logically, coherently and completethe talk in the given time


Use appropriate vocabulary and grammatical structures


Use aconfident and fluent manner that uses appropriate register and tone and employ avariety of pace, pitch, stress and volume


Use relevant non-verbal communication and body language


Enhance the presentation through the selection, organisation and presentation of supporting materials such as visuals


Deal with questions effectively and impromptu talk

Required Skills

Not applicable.

Evidence Required

The Evidence Guide identifies the critical aspects, knowledge and skills to be demonstrated to confirm competence for this unit. This is an integral part of the assessment of competence and should be read in conjunction with the Range Statements

Critical aspects of evidence to be considered

Assessment must confirm sufficient knowledge of the factors that influence the preparation and presentation of an impromptu talk and a longer prepared speech

Assessment of performance should be over a period of time covering all categories from the Range Statements

Assessment must confirm the ability to apply knowledge and appropriate techniques to

prepare information for a speech

present a speech that contains relevant information

present a speech in a manner that engages and holds the audience's attention

deliver a speech using appropriate vocabulary and communication skill

Interdependent assessment of units

This unit must be assessed after attainment of competency in the following unit(s)


This unit must be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)


For the purpose of integrated assessment, this unit may be assessed in conjunction with the following unit(s)


Required knowledge and skills

Required knowledge

Knowledge of organisational codes of practice and guidelines for the delivery of speeches to the public

Knowledge of decision making and conflict resolution strategies for answering difficult questions

Knowledge of the organisation, its key functions, personnel, aims and objectives

Required skills

Problem solving in order to answer difficult questions fully and correctly, or to refer to others if answer is not known

Interpersonal skills in order to develop a rapport with audience

Communication (verbal and listening skills)

Observation in order to monitor effect of talk and adjust if necessary

Negotiation skills to negotiate outcomes with the audience and control audience reception of your talk

Flexibility skills to be able to adjust the talk on the spot in order to achieve the best outcome

Resource implications

Physical resources - assessment of this competency requires access to

an appropriately equipped theory space

a microphone

a lectern

a stage

access to relevant information

Human resources - assessment of this unit of competency will require human resources consistent with those outlined in the Assessment Guidelines. That is, assessors (or persons within the assessment team) must

be competent in this unit

be current in their knowledge and understanding of the industry through provision of evidence of professional activity in the relevant area

be personnel with career oriented participant competency at the appropriate level

have attained the mandatory competency requirements for assessors under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as specified in Standard 7.3 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations

Consistency in performance

Due to the issues such as variable conditions of athlete participation this unit of competency must be assessed over a period of time in order to ensure consistency of performance over the Range Statements and contexts applicable to career oriented participants

Context for assessment

This unit of competency must be assessed in the context of a sporting activity with a range of real clients.For valid and reliable assessment the activity should be conductedin a real or simulated environment with sporting participants.The environment should be safe, with noise to a level experienced with an activity in full operation and support serviced provided for optimum performance

This unit of competency should be assessed through the observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on required knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes

Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a 'period of time' and/or in a 'number of locations', any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons


Collect, Analyse&Organise Information

Communicate Ideas&Information

Plan&Organise Activities

Work with Others&in Teams

Use Mathematical Ideas&Techniques

Solve Problems

Use Technology








These levels do not relate to the Australian Qualifications Framework. They relate to the seven areas of generic competency that underpin effective workplace practices.

The three levels of performance (1, 2 and 3) denote the level of competency required to perform the task:

Use routine approaches

Select from routine approaches

Establish new approaches

Collecting, analysing and organising information - Gather and organise information related to public speaking

Communicating ideas and information - Conduct public speaking to express ideas

Planning and organising activities - Use planning and organisation skills to structure presentation

Working with teams and others - Seek audience response

Using mathematical ideas and techniques - Not applicable

Solving problems - Ensure presentation is relevant to audience

Using technology - Use data projector or other media technologies to assist public presentation

Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for advice on how to use the Key Competencies.

Range Statement

Range Statements

The Range Statements provide advice to interpret the scope and context of this unit of competence, allowing for differences between enterprises and workplaces. The Range Statements relate to the unit as a whole and helps facilitate holistic assessment. In addition, the following variables may be present for this particular unit of competency


Appropriate language

[all categories]

is pitched at audience level

appropriate to the topic

contains no bad or offensive language

does not use jargon


[all categories]




Impromptu talk

[all categories]

usually shorter

audience unknown, therefore ability to respond to feedback and adjust presentation is very important

ability to think on your feet

Non-verbal communication and body language

[all categories]

placement of hands


head movements

eye movements


[all categories]







Prepared talk

[all categories]

preparation time


research topic and audience

ability to use visual aids


[all categories]



on the subject advertised



[all categories]






[all categories]

overhead transparencies




video recording

PowerPoint or digital presentation


Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.