Middlesex Community College’s new noncredit course, Take the Fear out of Public Speaking, will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. Classes start Sept. 10.

Public speaking is an important skill to have in the business world and your personal life. Whether you are speaking to a board of directors or toasting at a wedding, this course will provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to improve your speech-craft and reduce anxiety.

This 20-hour course covers techniques used by public speakers and actors alike. Topics include vocal and physical warm-ups, basic acting exercises, proper etiquette, verbal articulation and diction, body language and eye contact, formal and informal settings, audience connection, the use of visual aids, brevity, and improvisation. Please bring comfortable clothing for physical movements to class.

To learn more or to register for this course, visit www.middlesex.mass.edu/careertraining or call 1-800-818-3434.