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Approx. 13 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Capstone Introduction

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings
3 videos
A Message of Thanks from Quentin, Dave, and William2m
William Delivers the Effective Communication Pitch6m
6 readings
Introduction to the Capstone7m
Accepting the Challenge Capstone5m
Embarking on the Clarity Guitars Capstone (Business Case Included Here)7m
For Clarity Guitars: Growth in the Global Market5m
Quentin's Final Coursera Pitch Memo Revealed7m
Dave's Final Slides Designed5m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Writing the Memo

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 15 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Excavating Quentin's Scaffold in the Pitch Memo3m
Optional Review: Be The Windowpane3m
Optional Review: Waste No Time2m
Optional Review: The 10 Principles of Good Writing Revisited and Explained (The Business Writing Conclusion)4m
4 readings
The Memo Assignment10m
Optional Review: The Scaffold3m
Optional Review: The List of the 10 Principles of Good Business Writing3m
Optional Review: Self-Revision Checklist3m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Designing the Slides

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 22 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Designing the Coursera Pitch Slides11m
Optional Review: Unexpected Places Yield Unexpected Results4m
Optional Review: Introducing the Grid4m
6 readings
The Design Assignment10m
Brainstorming a Design Style5m
A Sample Written Description of a Design Strategy5m
Using Templates10m
Aim for the Rectangle Outside the Box10m
5 Best Practices of Good Presentation Design5m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Creating the Presentation

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 18 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Optional Review: The Paradox of Public Speaking3m
Optional Review: The Basic Formula5m
Optional Review: The Central Importance of the Introduction1m
Optional Review: Dynamic vs. Static (Getting into your Brand)6m
3 readings
The Presentation Assignment10m
Optional Review: Kuskin's Top Ten Best Practices5m
Optional Review: The Formula5m

About the Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization

Over seventy companies and tens of thousands of students worldwide have used Effective Communication to deliver ideas powerfully in the workplace. By taking Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation, you’ll hone your written, visual, and verbal business presentation skills. You'll learn to write well-organized, clear business documents; to design elegant presentation slides, reports, and posters; and to present and speak with confidence and power. In the final Capstone Project, you'll develop a portfolio of work—including a memo, a slide deck, and a presentation—to showcase your communication skills and represent your personal brand. The Effective Communication Specialization takes you on a journey of self realization. You’ll learn that excellence in communication involves the ability to express who you are—your best self—in everything you do. What our students say: "A life-changing specialization." "Simple yet powerful rules." "Essential for everyone."...
Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation

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