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Approx. 20 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic

Skills you will gain

CommunicationBusiness WritingPresentationPublic Speaking

Learner Career Outcomes

17%

started a new career after completing these courses

14%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level
Approx. 20 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Getting Started with Public Speaking

5 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 35 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
The Capstone (For New Learners)3m
Welcome to Successful Presentation3m
Understanding Fear4m
The Code Rule: Survival Reactions4m
The Paradox of Public Speaking3m
We've All Felt Fear4m
Successful Presentation is Storytelling3m
Stories and Storytellers2m
Performance2m
4 readings
About Successful Presentation15m
Kuskin's Top Ten Best Practices15m
Keith Code's Twist of the Wrist10m
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 1: Telling a Two-Minute Story1h 10m
1 practice exercise
Summative Assessment 125m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

A Formula For Successful Presentation

4 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
The Secret Ingredient: Creativity8m
What Is Creativity?5m
The Central Importance of the Introduction1m
The Introduction: The Salutation4m
The Introduction: The Review of the Structure1m
The Introduction: The One Compelling Point3m
Kuskin Receives His Assignment for Coursera Presentation1m
Intro: The Modular Content Unit1m
Pushing Each Unit (Thinking in Circles)3m
Building Transitions3m
How Do You Push Yourself?3m
The Conclusion4m
The Entire Talk Is a Circle6m
4 readings
The Formula15m
Raymond Chandler, Trouble Is My Business15m
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 2: Crafting an Introduction1h
Successful Presentation Assignment, Part 3: Building Modules1h
2 practice exercises
Summative Assessment 230m
Summative Assessment 325m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Practicing Your Self

4 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
You Are Your Own Harshest Critic4m
The Reverse Outline5m
Rehearsing the Introduction3m
Passion in a Bottle3m
Hearing Your Language1m
Marking Your Script7m
Recognizing Your Body2m
Using Your Body5m
The Importance of Stance4m
1 reading
Shakespeare Reading20m
3 practice exercises
Assessment 416m
Assessment 510m
Assessment 620m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Engaging with the World

7 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
A Chaucerian Interlude4m
Attending to Your Audience4m
Slides vs Handouts4m
What Is a Question?3m
Being Soft3m
Avery's Demo Presentation: "Frankenstein and Science"7m
Building a Public Portfolio from the Private Self2m
The Paradox of the Public Self2m
Effective Communication3m
1 reading
Chaucer Manuscript15m
2 practice exercises
Summative Assessment 725m
Rubric Training Quiz30m

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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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