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Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Skills you will gain

CommunicationPresentationSpeechPublic Speaking
Specialization
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 1: Targeting your presentation

Welcome. This is a big week. Here’s what we’ll be doing. We’ll start with an overview of the course. This course is about developing interesting and informative speeches. The way we’ll work on these skills is through the informative speech assignment. Next, we’ll focus on the key challenge in informative speaking. remaining audience-oriented. This requires us to assess what the audience knows and how our speech can be of the most value. We need to design our goals for the speech. Too often, speakers simply just dump their information on the audience. We need to be precise about what we want our speech to accomplish to protect against being boring. After we think about audience and our goals, we can start planning out our speech. A good outline is the foundation for a good talk. We want to adhere to the principles of simplicity, balance, and order. In this module, we'll work through a case study of a TED talk. Once we have a sense for informative speaking, you’ll perform a short introductory speech. It’s a fun and easy speech that allows you to get to know some of your classmates....
Reading
15 videos (Total 82 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
Video15 videos
What's this course about?6m
Informative speech assignment5m
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
Reading5 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
Quiz3 practice exercises
Valuable talks4m
Speech goals5m
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Week 2: Designing informative speeches

Last week, we worked on developing the basic outline for of our speech. This week, we’ll take that structure and build a speech around it. We'll begin with discussing ideas clearly. This is the big challenge in informative speaking. With the body of the speech taken care of, we can now turn our attention to writing a full draft. This means thinking about the iterative process of good speech preparation. We also look at how to open and close the speech. Each speech will be arranged differently, but there are some broad genres. We'll talk about the various goals and arrangement models that might work for different types of informative speaking. Having discussed invention and arrangement, we'll watch and evaluate a sample speech. You’ll watch a speech, write up some feedback, and read how others analyzed the speech....
Reading
12 videos (Total 70 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
Include clear examples and illustrations5m
Summarize complex information7m
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
Reading8 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Introductions and conclusions4m
Week 2 quiz10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Clarity through support and slides

This week is all about slides! They can make or break a speech. We’ll talk about how to design slides so that they support you as a speaker (not replace you). By the end of the week, you should have skills and experience explaining ideas richly and designing and using clear presentation slides. ...
Reading
12 videos (Total 65 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Slides aren't simply your notes5m
Keep slides simple5m
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
Reading3 readings
Week three overview2m
Week three lesson summaries10m
Week three assignment check-in5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 4: Delivering informative speeches

Now for some delivery work. We start with the concept of ethos. It is that performance of credibility that all great informative speakers have. We'll dive deep into how you can refine your ethos as a speaker. We’ll finish this course by focusing on the unique delivery demands of informative speaking: using notes, mics, and podiums effectively. Interacting with the audience well. By the end of the week, you’ll have some strategies for speaking more smoothly and with greater credibility. Having discussed invention and arrangement, we'll watch and evaluate a sample speech. You’ll watch a speech, write up some feedback, and read how others analyzed the speech....
Reading
11 videos (Total 70 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Arete: Performing your passion6m
Phronesis. Showing your knowledge5m
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
Reading5 readings
Week four overview2m
Speech analysis #22m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week four lesson summaries10m
Week four assignment check-in2m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Interacting with your materials4m
Week 4 quiz10m
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Top Reviews

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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