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Suggested: 5 weeks of study; 2 hours per week...

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week 1: Targeting your presentation

15 videos (Total 82 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
15 videos
Your speech should be audience-oriented5m
What do I know about my audience?6m
What does my audience know about the topic?7m
Identifying goals. What do you want the speech to achieve?7m
Planning goals. Be concrete to be successful.4m
Revising goals. Be realistic given the time and audience.6m
Start with an outline that clarifies key themes.5m
Simplicity. Focus on a few key ideas7m
Order. Make the speech easy to follow along with.5m
Balance. Are you spending time in the right sections?3m
Sample introductory speech2m
Recording good speech videos (optional)4m
5 readings
Week one overview2m
Informative speech assignment description (Optional reading)10m
Case study. Juliana Rotich at TED20m
Week one lesson summaries10m
Week one assignment check-in10m
3 practice exercises
Valuable talks4m
Speech goals5m
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Week 2: Designing informative speeches

12 videos (Total 70 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
Give the audience time to process what you're saying5m
Refining your speech5m
Good introductions set you up for an interesting and clear speech6m
Good conclusions allow you reinforce and end on a strong note.5m
Briefings and updates4m
Product and design presentations4m
Explaining research to a general audience7m
Teaching talks6m
Conference talks6m
8 readings
Week two overview2m
Case study. Explaining bee death15m
Case study: Hans Rosling's magic washing machine10m
A note on these models2m
Speech analysis #1 overview10m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week two lesson summaries10m
Week two assignment check5m
2 practice exercises
Introductions and conclusions4m
Week 2 quiz10m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Clarity through support and slides

12 videos (Total 65 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Use slides to clarify the speech's arrangement4m
Using text in slides5m
Using images in slides3m
Using video in slides4m
Presenting with slides5m
Case study. Slides and text8m
Michael Alley, Penn State: What's wrong with slides?4m
Michael Alley, Penn State: How to make slides better5m
Sara Battersby from Tableau Software6m
3 readings
Week three overview2m
Week three lesson summaries10m
Week three assignment check-in5m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz10m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Week 4: Delivering informative speeches

11 videos (Total 70 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Eunoia. Displaying your goodwill4m
Presidential ethos analysis9m
Using podiums5m
Using microphones6m
Using notes7m
Where and how to interact with your audience6m
Audience getting sleepy? Try a delivery change up4m
Sample informative speech8m
5 readings
Week four overview2m
Speech analysis #22m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week four lesson summaries10m
Week four assignment check-in2m
2 practice exercises
Interacting with your materials4m
Week 4 quiz10m
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Top reviews from Speaking to inform: Discussing complex ideas with clear explanations and dynamic slides

By JJNov 14th 2017

Excellent lecture structure. The logical progression of the lessons made it easier to understand and grasp the key concepts of the course. I would recommend this course to everyone.

By VTJun 12th 2018

I like this course so much. I like the way Dr. Matt McGarrity encourage and teach everybody to overcome the fear of public speech.

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Dr. Matt McGarrity

Principal Lecturer
UW Department of Communication

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world....

About the Dynamic Public Speaking Specialization

Good speaking is your most enduring job skill. This four-course specialization will provide you with the instruction, experience, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations. Drawing from the established knowledge in communication, rhetoric, linguistics, and argumentation, each course balances proven ideas with lots of speech practice. The courses in this specializations should help speakers at all levels. If you are nervous about public speaking, this is for you! I have spent an entire career helping nervous novice speakers grow into confident communicators. We slowly work up specific skills that you can practice multiple times before putting together a longer speech....
Dynamic Public Speaking

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • This class has peer review speech assignments. You need to have a digital video camera or smart phone so you can record your speeches for upload and review.

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