The Fundamentals of Public Speaking - National Democratic Training Committee

The Fundamentals of Public Speaking

By Judy P. Neufeld
45 mins
Messaging & Communications

What You’ll Learn

  • Explain the role of public speaking on political campaigns
  • Learn how to prepare for a speaking opportunity
  • Introduce important non-verbal and physical elements of effective public speaking
  • Highlight strategies and skills to manage public speaking anxiety

Why This is Important

As a candidate, public speaking is one of the most effective ways to communicate your message to voters. Your ability to speak clearly and with confidence can inspire voters and donors to action, and help boost your campaign’s recognition in your community. 

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Judy P. Neufeld


Judy Pineda Neufeld is an expert leadership development consultant, facilitator, and trainer and passionate about building high-performing teams, inspiring future leaders, and facilitating honest conversations necessary to take action towards making the world a better place. Judy’s work with Emerge America, the nation’s premier organization that recruits, trains and supports women running for elected office, increased the size and diversity of candidate training programs and designed and launched their first bootcamp program, which is now replicated across the nation. In addition to being a Boston Marathon Finisher, Judy holds degrees from top universities—her MBA from Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, and her BA from Tufts University. Judy ran for City Council in Somerville, Massachusetts in 2021 and won! She is now serving the city she loves as an elected official.