On-line coaching and training programs in public speaking, although increasing in popularity for the busy, working force, can never provide the exact same value that face to face, training and coaching can offer. The on-line Programs with their skills and strategies can give a good foundation of knowledge but the application of these techniques needs to be monitored and observed by an expert in presentation skills.
With face to face learning you have a live interaction with a coach and trainer. The interaction occurs in person, which means you need to be physically present in a classroom in order to learn. That usually happens at a specific time & date.
Face to face learning helps you get organized with your studies, because you need to be somewhere at a specific time & date. Also, you get to interact with the trainer. If you are not that self-disciplined and didn’t do your homework, no problem, you can just sit there and listen to the trainer speaking.
Face to face learning is more acknowledged as a “real” way of learning, so if you tell someone: “I’m going to a course or a training program about this and that” people understand you are actually taking time to learn something and is serious about it. Even though we are in a modern era when we don’t have to be physically present in a place in order to learn something, people still have a hard time taking online learning seriously.
Most people today prefer to consume content using the internet rather than in any other way. Actually, the very fact that you are reading this right now is proof of that! That includes learning about the news, watching TV, talking to friends, booking appointments, shopping… and the list goes on. Learning still remains strictly traditional while everything else seems to be going on a different direction?
There are many cons of E-Learning or Online Courses in Public Speaking
- Learners with low motivation or unhealthy study habits loose interest
- While not the routine structures of a conventional category, students could wander off or get confused regarding course activities and practice
- Students could feel isolated from the trainer and coach
- New pedagogy might not forever be offered once students are finding out
- Knowledge becomes stagnant
- Slow web connections or older computers could create accessing course materials frustrating
There are many Pros of Traditional Learning Face to Face in Public Speaking
- There’s face-to-face instruction.
- You’re ready to raise questions within the moment.
- There is always a feedback, monitoring and constant evaluation of skills
- There is an assessment of a student’s public speaking weaknesses and strengths
- Customization is available
- Newest public speaking trends and techniques are constantly offered
Some coaches and trainers prefer to use a blended approach: combining both methods to maximize results. Try not to ignore traditional learning, face to face coaching and training in Public Speaking. It still offers the most effective way of learning, applying and shining with professional speaking strengths and skills.
Written by Bette Elly Klimitz