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English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic

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CommunicationBusiness WritingPresentationPublic Speaking

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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 hours to complete

Suggested: 8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
5 hours to complete

Getting Started with Public Speaking

10 videos (Total 35 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
10 videos
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
4 hours to complete

A Formula For Successful Presentation

14 videos (Total 54 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
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
4 hours to complete

Practicing Your Self

10 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
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
7 hours to complete

Engaging with the World

10 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
10 videos
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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By ANAug 24th 2017

William Kuskin has delivered a truly inspiring and empowering MOOC - legendary!\n\nHis shared wisdom on presentation skills will help me for the rest of my days - thank you William!\n\nOnwards!

By PJJun 2nd 2019

Great Course! I have learned a lot of useful information that I can't wait to set forth and forward into the world. Thank you so much and I really appreciate all of your hard work and efforts!

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Professor William Kuskin

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Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

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

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.

  • The ability to record and upload short videos will be useful (a phone video camera or built in camera in a computer will be suitable).

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